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UCAS Preferred name

When I completed my UCAS application a few months ago I set my preferred name as something different to my birth name (since I'm trans) but now I've decided to go by just my birth name and not use my preferred name anymore. Ive tried going through the UCAS update details form but that only applies to birth/legal names. Is there any way for me to get my old preferred name off of UCAS or should I just email my chosen uni and ask to have it removed from my record?
Original post by muted
When I completed my UCAS application a few months ago I set my preferred name as something different to my birth name (since I'm trans) but now I've decided to go by just my birth name and not use my preferred name anymore. Ive tried going through the UCAS update details form but that only applies to birth/legal names. Is there any way for me to get my old preferred name off of UCAS or should I just email my chosen uni and ask to have it removed from my record?

Contact your unis directly.

I'd advise you to do this even if UCAS did permit you to amend it. Often unis don't continuously update your details from UCAS in any case.
Original post by Admit-One
Contact your unis directly.

I'd advise you to do this even if UCAS did permit you to amend it. Often unis don't continuously update your details from UCAS in any case.


We have no choice now. The UCAS feed over-writes local data on names.
OP needs to ring UCAS for instructions on how to update it on UCAS and then follow up with universities.
As above - any manual correction made by Unis to their records just gets overwritten by Ucas at the next update.

It might be easier to just wait until you enrol at your eventual Uni to change this - that way you can be certain that they have the right info for you as a student.
Original post by PQ
We have no choice now. The UCAS feed over-writes local data on names.
OP needs to ring UCAS for instructions on how to update it on UCAS and then follow up with universities.
That is true with regards to the main record. I’m more thinking any local copies/mailing lists etc. which have a habit of not being ‘live’ despite best intentions. It was more of a “just do it to make sure” suggestion:smile:

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