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The complete volunteering checklist for 2022: MSL's top tips
Volunteering top tips

Check out our top tips highlighting fantastic features built into your Volunteering & Employability module you might want to implement! Some time-honoured favourites, some brand new, all designed to encourage engagement with your volunteering scheme.

 
MSL and native work together to bring new events tools to students' organisations
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MSL is pleased to announce a new partnership with native to bring more options for events technology to students’ organisations using the MSL System. A free, optional plug-in for MSL clients provides a range of new features such as digital wristbands, ticket scanning and features to build a following. Used either in conjunction with MSL’s popular events tools or as the sole events platform, the native partnership gives MSL clients more choice and flexibility to promote and deliver great events.

 
MSL's top tips: Getting ready for Welcome Week

With your Welcome and Orientation Weeks just around the corner, whatever it might look like this year, we've created some top tips to help you prepare.

 
MSL's top tips: How to create a ballot page quicklink, and more Elections suggestions

Ahead of your upcoming elections, here are some of our tips to help you prepare for this exciting time of year, making the setup and running of your election through your MSL System as easy as possible!

 
MSL's top tips: Offer your members a Black Friday discount

With only eight days to go until Black Friday, if you’d like to offer your members a Black Friday deal on your products then you’ve come to the right place!

 
BLOG: A welcome return to in person Freshers Fayres & Welcome Weeks
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September 2021 - MSL's Chief Executive, Gary Bryant, relishes seeing the return of in-person Freshers Fayres and Welcome Weeks for our UK clients after what has been a tough year for the student experience.

 
MSL's top tips: Getting ready for Welcome Week

With Welcome Week just around the corner, to accompany our "Getting ready for Welcome Week" online training sessions taking place w/c 16th August, we've created some top tips to help you prepare.

 
MSL's top tips: Helping you prepare for the events fun to come!
MSL Events Top Tips

It's less than a month until results day and only a matter of weeks before we're in the middle of your welcome week preparations. MSL is on hand to provide guidance and support with any queries you might have; here are some of our top tips to help you prepare for your events.

 
SU21 Digital (12-16 July) - the digital learning event for SU staff & officers
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We were proud to sponsor SU21 Digital - the digital learning event for Students’ Union staff and officers. You can watch back our session with UCLan Students' Union: Review, Reimagine and Revamp the student experience....

 
MSL's top tips: Six ways to make it easier for your members to buy from you
MSL Ecommerce Top Tips

Ahead of a hopeful return to more normal campus life, here are six ways you could improve your purchase process for your members - for both face-to-face and online sales to make buying from you a little easier.

 
MSL's top tips: Six more features to help you manage your Student Groups
MSL Student Groups Top Tips

Need more ideas to help manage your Student Groups? After the popularity of our last "top tips" post, here are some more ideas to help you manage your Student Groups, and make your members' experiences with joining your Sports Clubs and Societies easier!

 
MSL's (virtual) Big Day Out - bite-size student engagement!
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May 2021 - The MSL Big Day Out brought together awesome speakers, shared ideas and inspiring discussions all about student engagement and the student experience in this ever-changing environment.

 
MSL's top tips: Six features to help you manage your Student Groups
MSL Student Groups Top Tips

Need ideas to help manage your Student Groups? Look no further.

 
A warm welcome to the MSL Community
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January 2021 - We're delighted to have welcomed so many new members to our MSL Community in the last few months. Look out for some great news stories and case studies of how these organisations are making digital engagement really work for them.

 
MSL's festive farewell to 2020
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Sending our best wishes to the fabulous MSL Community...

 
Virtual Christmas Fairs to celebrate and support your talented students
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BLOG - December 2020: Tis the season to be jolly and we know how hard our MSL community is working to get students and staff into the festive spirit, even as students start to head for home. We’re especially delighted to see Christmas Fairs going ahead – virtually, of course – giving a welcome opportunity for talented students to sell their products over the festive period. Read how our creative clients are using resources in their MSL System to build attractive and engaging fairs...

 
Updates, improvements and great new features for your MSL System
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Autumn 2020 release round-up: Our hard working development team was especially busy over the summer so we are pleased to bring you details of some of the newer features and improvements released over the last few months which you may have missed. Many of our developments are driven by the MSL community and so we're always excited to release new features that have been requested by our clients and their teams.

 
MSL works with AbilityNet on accessibility

Sept 2020 - MSL has recently completed an accessibility review with AbilityNet to ensure our website design components help clients to create accessible websites for all their users. Read about the review process, the insights we gained and how we're using the findings to inform our product roadmap.

 
MSL 2020: You've Got This! - Guest speakers for August
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August 2020 - The MSL 2020: You've Got This! series of briefings, training, knowledge exchange and community events has been shaped by the MSL community. We were delighted to welcome colleagues from the wider SU community to join in the discussion with three fantastic guest speakers in August. Digital transformation, student societies and representation at this time of unprecedented challenges and uncertainty were all on the agenda and each session is now available to view.

 
Harper Adams Students’ Union expands services with new digital strategy supported by MSL

August 2019: Harper Adams Students’ Union is set to reinvent itself by taking advantage of the MSL System® to broaden its service provision, digitise its manual processes and develop staff resources to keep pace with the changing demands of members.

 
MSL 2020: You've Got This!
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June 2020 - The student engagement and participation challenges we're facing are unprecedented. Plans change almost on a daily basis and we know that everyone in the SU community is looking to each other for ideas and support as we approach the start of a new academic year that will be like no other.

 
MSL Statement - Coronavirus (COVID 19)

March 2020 - In light of the developing health crisis, we would like to share some important information with you. Our focus remains on “business as usual” and providing an uninterrupted service to you, our valued customers, whilst remaining diligent and responsive to government recommendations and guidance to protect the health and well-being of the MSL team.

 
Secret Life of Students
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We're sorry to advise that MSL will no longer be attending the Secret Life of Students, WONKHE’s annual student experience. However, the conference sessions will still be going ahead with live streaming available and we are sure the WONKHE team will deliver fantastic content with great speakers at this difficult time. We look forward to working with WONKHE at future events.

 
We love our new animation - what do you think?

12th February 2020 - If you've been to one of the MSL Big Days Out (Birmingham and Glasgow so far...) you'll have already seen our fabulous new animation up on the big screen, telling all you need to know about what it is we do here at MSL Towers. Not seen it yet? Here's your chance.....

 
MSL UPDATE - Join MSL's Big Day Out, read the latest dev blog + more training opportunities
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November 2019 - We are very excited to bring you news of the MSL Big Day Out which will see us touring the UK and Ireland from January to April, bringing the MSL community together in regional user groups. We are in the planning stages now but more details of dates and locations are in this edition of the newsletter.

 
BLOG: Improving your online user experience
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20th November 2019 - Instant access to everything, at any time, no matter what it is – that’s the mantra by which your student members live; from travel information to fast food, gig tickets to current affairs. Your website is a hub of information and opportunities to participate that many students rely upon to support their university and social lives - and so they expect that same feeling of immediacy from your site as they get from ASOS and Amazon.

 
BLOG: MSL on the road - Australia Sept/Oct 2019
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23rd October 2019 - MSL was delighted to see so many of our Australian clients and new contacts recently on a whistle-stop tour of Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. Here we share a few images of the great campuses we visited.

 
BLOG: Speeding up access to your events with one simple change
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9th October 2019 - Everyone is getting into the swing of the new year and we guess all those shy freshers have thrown away their inhibitions and are queuing up for every event and club night going. To help you manage the logistics of large numbers of 18 to 25 year olds turning up en masse to your venues, we’ve made a change to MSL Door Entry & Venues which reduces the time it takes to redeem tickets on the door.

 
BLOG: Getting more of your people doing more of the things they need to

1st October 2019 - A new academic year invariably means new staff members, new roles, new tasks and lots of things that need to be done right now to support your members as they settle into the new academic year. This post looks at development work we've done to help simplify the process of assigning permissions and get your team working as quickly as possible.

 
MSL update: digital strategy case study, training and our new development blog
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18th September 2019 - New MSL Chief Executive, Gary Bryant, introduces this issue of our news update which includes: an insight into the digital transformation of long-standing MSL member, Harper Adams SU; the first in our new blog development blog series; and topical training and support ideas to see you and your team into the next academic year!

 
BLOG: 3 things MSL is doing to future-proof the MSL System
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6th September 2019 - We’re sure you appreciate the role data plays within the MSL System; you work with data every day and it drives every decision made in your organisation. But just in case you were in any doubt, data also underpins everything that the MSL System does for you. Read about one of the most important projects in MSL's history and the benefits it will bring...

 
MSL update: top tips for tasks this week, training days and an SU success story
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24th July 2019 - Campus is buzzing with smartly dressed parents, friends and family and the ocassional roar can be heard from the graduation ceremonies taking place this week. So we know that it's only a matter of weeks before we're in the middle of your Freshers preparations and the excitement that surrounds Results Day. The MSL team is on hand to provide guidance and help with all those annual tasks that will be coming around again soon and Knowledge Base support is just a click away!

 
MSL update - we welcome our new Chief Executive + new summer training schedule
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2nd July 2019 - This month, we welcome Gary Bryant to the MSL team - he joins as our new Chief Executive and will be meeting many of you over the coming weeks and months. If you plan to be at this week's NUS Trade Show, you can meet Gary then as he will be in attendance on our stand B76.

 
University of Cumbria Students’ Union to support clubs and societies with Student Group Finances
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18th June 2019 - The University of Cumbria Students’ Union will use MSL's Student Group Finances system to improve the support services provided to its clubs and societies. With a growing number of student-led groups the Union has recognised the need to streamline their finance processes for committees and so encourage more activities and participation. Student Group Finances will support this initiative by enabling finance requests to be quickly and easily carried out online.

 
MSL announces appointment of new Chief Executive
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11th June 2019 - It is with great pleasure that MSL announces the appointment of Gary Bryant as our new Chief Executive.

 
MSL update: summer training opportunities and new client news!
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June 2019 - Not that we want to worry anyone but you have started to plan for Freshers, haven't you? Your student members might be tripping off soon to enjoy a long summer break but we know that you'll just be getting started on plans for the busiest time of year. So we're pleased to bring you details of summer training sessions timed to get your team ready with a skills refresh and top tips to make the next few months go smoothly.

 
Royal College of Art Students’ Union chooses the MSL System® to support cross-campus engagement
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3rd June 2019 - The Royal College of Art Students’ Union has chosen to work with Membership Solutions Ltd on a brand new website incorporating a student voice platform, club and society resources, online elections and StudentLink® app. The new membership management solution will help bring together students from the College’s three campuses in London.

 
MSL update: news, features, release details plus a checklist you don't want to miss...
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16th May 2019: The year is slipping by so quickly - spring has arrived, your students are preparing for exams and you're there as always to support them with advice, space to relax and, no doubt, a full calendar of events, parties and celebrations to look forward to. The MSL team has already seen a number of hugely successful ticketed events promoted on your websites and StudentLink® and we've enjoyed working with many of you to make sure everything goes smoothly.

 
Are you ready for Freshers?
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24th August 2018 - Still got loads to do for Freshers' Week?  Need some tips and advice? Look no further than our Freshers' Top Tips infographic.  Your very own cut out and keep 10 step plan.

 
MSL is officially certified as compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards
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8th June 2018 - MSL is officially certified by an independent assessor as compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards PCI DSS v3.2 for Service Providers.

 
MSL update: we welcome the summer with events and a new look team
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June 2018 - As exam fever begins to abate and ball tickets go on sale, it can only mean one thing - Freshers is just around the corner! No, we can't believe it either but we're looking forward to a summer of helping you get ready for arguably the most exciting time of year for your teams and your brand new student members.

 
MSL update: Your early spring news and events
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23rd March 2018 - With the dust starting to settle from elections excitement, we've been delighted to hear that so many of you experienced your best voter turnouts, making use of real-time stats and voting on the App to keep engagement up and encourage members to get involved. Well done to everyone who works so hard at this time of year and congratulations to your new officer teams!

 
The University of Dundee and its Students’ Association choose MSL Elections
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The University of Dundee and Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) have selected Membership Solutions Ltd’s online elections system to support their staff and Students’ Association elections. The new digital solution will ensure all staff and students at the university can stay informed about and take part in key elections.

 
March 2018 GDPR news
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16th March 2018 - This update links to the ICO's comprehensive information on the six available lawful bases for processing data (legal reason and legitimate interest being particularly relevant).

 
MSL's final, seasonal round up of news for 2017
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12th December 2017 - The Christmas wind down might have started already for your students but we that know for their students' union the focus continues on all the member engagement, commercial, academic representation and democratic activities that make your organisation such an important part of your members' time at university. We're proud to support you all with your day-to-day activities and would like to share a final round up of our latest news, developments and events.

 
GDPR compliance update
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October 2017 - Keep up-to-date with MSL's news and updates on GDPR, helping you to stay informed and assist with your preparation for GDPR compliance.

 
Summer news #2 - MSL User Group, GDPR and Training opportunities
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July 2017 - With so much exciting/important/engaging stuff going on this summer, we've filled another newsletter with goodies - and many of the following items need your input! We're gearing up to attend Comms By The Coast on the 3rd and 4th August, hosted by the lovely people at Sussex Students' Union. We will see you at the MSL User Group on the 4th, won't we?

 
CASE STUDY: Goodenough College's unique student engagement resources
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July 2017 - “Adopting MSL for our student intranet has been pain free... bespoke elements have been delivered on time. Although the directory search and user profiles are bespoke to us I am sure they would be of use to many other membership based organisations." Caroline Persaud, Registrar, Goodenough College

 
University of Strathclyde Students’ Association chooses the MSL System to support student engagement
University of Strathclyde Students' Association

July 2017 - " Our aim is to keep the student community connected and up-to-date with what is happening in and around their campus and the new website affords us the opportunity to do this on a channel we are sure students will embrace." Calvin Hepburn, President, University of Strathclyde Students’ Association

 
Feeling the heat? Kick back with MSL's cool summer news round-up
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June 2017 - MSL Towers has been enjoying the summer weather and, whilst the call of a refreshing drink at the Dirty Duck is strong, the MSL team is staying put not least because we've had such a busy spring and early summer. We're working on a number of new client implementations (watch out for news on who else has joined our happy band of MSLers), the modernisation programme continues to gather pace and Student Group Finances has proven to be very popular.

 
University of Westminster Students’ Union chooses MSL System for digital engagement
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April 2017 - "The integration, professionalism and advice from the MSL team has been outstanding and we’re looking forward to providing a great experience for our students.” Jon May, Communications Manager, University of Westminster Students’ Union

 
Easter news, offers and ideas for the summer
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April 2017 - British Summer Time has arrived and that can only mean one thing.... you're planning for results day and all the things you need to have ready to showcase what a great student experience looks like.  We have tips and offers to get your website looking its best and another of our popular web briefings lined up to get your team raring to go.

 
Sheffield Hallam University Sports to manage all sports clubs with the MSL System
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20th February 2017 - “The MSL System will allow us to maintain the strong working partnership we have developed with the clubs over the past 12 months.” Richard McGloin, Director of Commercial Services , Sheffield Hallam University

 
BLOG: Promote your MSL App - a 10 step checklist
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16th February 2017 - Looking for some fresh ideas to promote your MSL App? Still considering the benefits (there are so many!) of giving your students an App full of engagement opportunities? The MSL Top 10 countdown of promotional ideas for your MSL App will help you reach more of your members on the move.

 
Australian National University’s students’ associations choose MSL to support digital engagement
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13th January 2017 - The Australian National University Students’ Association and the Postgraduate and Research Students' Association have selected the MSL System to support their growing digital membership management requirements. The new system will provide new websites, clubs and societies tools, messaging, e-commerce and community resources for both associations as well as a shared online elections platform.

 
MSL's final round-up of news and events for 2016
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December 2016 - As 2016 draws to a close, the team at MSL is still a busy bunch which is why we've squeezed in one last round-up of our news before everyone in the MSL community goes off for their well-deserved breaks. We bring you details of more developments to the MSL System, a heads-up for a hotly anticipated new feature on the App and a warm welcome to another new client to MSL.

 
The MSL winter news bonanza - updates, training and news from your community
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November 2016 - It's never too early to be prepared.... Our winter missive has lots to help you prepare including details of December's Refreshers web briefing and January's Elections training, featuring not one, but two ways to get your team up-to-speed on all things voting related.  We also want you to share your knowledge and expertise via the hardware forum on MyMSL and we'd like to welcome UEA Students' Union who are already doing amazing things with their new MSL System.

 
CASE STUDY - ANU Students’ Association makes the move to digital engagement with MSL System
Australia National University Students' Association logo

Sept 2016 - "Looking towards the future, we are excited to see how we can leverage MSL to enhance our engagement with the student body, not only for elections but throughout the entire year.” Benjamin Gill, President, ANU Students’ Association

 
UEA Students’ Union moves its digital engagement forward with the MSL System
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23rd September 2016 - “Our digital capacity is a crucial component of our overall transformation strategy - we just can't realize our ambitions for education or students without it. So when we reviewed this area last year we set out to find a partner that could inspire confidence - faster moving, more straightforward to do business with and more understanding of what goes on in SUs than our previous provider. MSL fits that bill.” Jim Dickinson, Chief Executive, UEA Students’ Union

 
Summer newsletter part deux - PLUS tell us about your digital successes
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September 2016 - OK, so we know summer is officially over but the promise of a mini-heatwave this week means we're clinging onto the flip-flops and shorts for as long as possible.  We've had so much good stuff to share with you over the summer months, we're pleased to bring you a final round-up of our news and want to ask you to share some of your successes from the last year.

 
BLOG: Top Tips for a Fantastic Freshers' Week
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Still got loads to do for Freshers' Week? Need some tips and advice? Look no further than our Freshers' Top Tips infographic. Your very own cut out and keep 10 step plan.

 
Updates, training and news from the MSL User Group
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August 2016 - Summer may mean holidays to anyone who doesn't work in students' unions but to the MSL team and all of you out there getting ready for the new term and Freshers, we know the summer months are a time to put new ideas in place, refresh websites and get excited about bigger and better participation projects.

 
Re-development announcement, new services and great solutions from the MSL community

May 2016 - We're guessing there's one big thing on everyone's mind right now - Freshers. The opportunities this presents for engagement, doing business and of course celebrating achievements at the start of the student journey are huge so we hope that the following news, solutions and support activities will help your preparations.

 
CASE STUDY - MSL works with Advanced Exchequer to create bespoke student expenses app
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April 2016 - Having worked with a restrictive and cumbersome financial management system for several years, the University of Nottingham Students’ Union (UoNSU) set out to upgrade to something that could automate processes and streamline workflow more easily.

 
MSL UPDATE - Elections, Ideas, Volunteering and The App - all stuff you need to know about
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March 2016 - You're all busy with elections which can mean only one thing - summer term is nearly upon us. It's been great to see the real-time elections stats in use and initial feedback is that many of you have seen your best turnout in years.  You're obviously doing a great job engaging your students!

 
CASE STUDY - Keele Students’ Union Volunteering making a difference
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KeeleSU Volunteering aims to provide diverse volunteering experiences to students during their time at Keele University, supporting their volunteers as they make a difference both on and off campus. But with more and more students registering to volunteer each year, their old system had become unsustainable.

 
New releases, new developments and new training opportunities - MSL's last newsletter of 2015
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December 2015 - The end of Autumn term has crept up on us and we're looking forward to finishing off all those last minute jobs so we can enjoy the forthcoming festivities. With that in mind, we bring you our final round-up of news and events for 2015 along with our best wishes for an enjoyable festive break.

 
MSL's last of the summer news round-up for student organisations....
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October 2015 - Wishing everyone a successful Freshers' Week! We know Freshers' is keeping everyone busy but we also know how keen you are to stay up to date with our news and developments so we've squeezed in this short but sweet late summer newsletter for you to enjoy before the new year starts.

 
Students’ Unions choose to provide welfare support services with MSL Student Case Manager
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13th August 2015 - The new Student Case Manager module from Membership Solutions Ltd (MSL) is proving popular with students’ unions who run advice centres to support their student members. The new facility – developed with case management experts, Iizuka Software – is designed specifically to manage the diverse welfare issues faced by many students in tertiary education and to streamline the workload of their advisors.

 
More news and updates in the 2nd edition of our Summer 2015 newsletter

June 2015 - As promised, we're pleased to present the second edition of our Summer 2015 newsletter....

 
The early Summer 2015 round-up of news, events and developments from MSL
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June 2015 - We're pleased to bring you the first installment of our early Summer 2015 newsletter; look out for the next one in a couple of weeks when we have even more news to bring you.

 
Central Students’ Union to use Membership Solutions Ltd to run all officer elections
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3rd June 1015 - MSL has been chosen to provide the elections platform for Central Students’ Union (Central SU) which represents students at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, part of the University of London.

 
MSL congratulates students’ union winners in the Whatuni Student Choice awards 2015
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24th April 2015 - Membership Solutions Ltd (MSL) is delighted to see many of its students’ union clients and universities appearing in the top 10 of the this year’s Whatuni Student Choice Awards, where Loughborough Students’ Union was rated as the best students’ union overall.

 
BLOG - running your NUS Delegate Election
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This article explains how to run your election in line with this guidance using your MSL system

 
MSL Newsletter - May 2012
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We have new staff to tell you about, lots of updates and new developments and a website admin training session coming up.

 
 

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