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Preferred/Single Name

Education or training providers have the option to include preferred first/last names or single names for their students when creating their USI within the USI Organisation Portal. The official name used to establish the USI account and verify the USI must still match the form of ID used to create their USI.

Preferred Name

The preferred name option is designed to assist a student to more easily access their account and be more comfortable with recording their official ID name.

To include a preferred name in the USI account, please answer ‘Yes’ to the following question in the Organisation Portal and enter their preferred names into the respective fields.

For business or official purposes, is the student known by any other name that is not on their form of ID?

If you currently connect with the USI system via web services using your own Student Management System to create a USI for your students, they will have an option to add their preferred name later. Existing USI account holders will also be able to update their details to include a preferred name.



Single Name

To include a single name in the USI account, please answer ‘No, the student only has one name’ to the following question in the Organisation Portal and enter their single name into the name field.

Does the student have a First Name and Family Name e.g. John Smith?



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Last Modified on Tuesday 21st September 2021 [179]