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Central Students’ Union to use Membership Solutions Ltd to run all officer elections

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3rd June 2015 - Central SU will use the MSL Elections module for the next three years to support the annual elections of their volunteer student officers, plus the full-time sabbatical President. Central SU represents a very active body of 1000 students providing them with a diverse range of community, welfare and social activity support. This level of activity requires 14 officers to represent students’ needs and to run the campaigns they want to see on campus.

MSL has developed a website dedicated to the Central SU elections which allows candidates to publish their manifestos and voters to view all post candidates and then cast their votes.  MSL is actively assisting Central SU with their elections promotions, including identifying segments of the student body who have not previously participated in elections, creating engaging email communications to target distinct groups of students and monitoring response rates so that campaign messages can be refined throughout the campaign to encourage maximum turn out.

MSL Elections provides a secure, robust and flexible voting system suitable for all the officer and course rep elections. The online facility conforms to Electoral Reform Society’s ‘ERS97’ Single Transferable Vote guidelines and with NUS guidance on fair representation and also provides a touchscreen voting application for greater participation opportunities around campus.

Vicky Grant, Students' Union Support Officer at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama said “Central SU is very excited to be using the online elections system with the support of MSL. This means voting is accessible to many more of our students than in previous years and we firmly believe the collaboration will have a positive impact on the SU going forward.

MSL Chief Executive, Colin Watson, commented “We are delighted to be working with Central Students’ Union, supporting their endeavours to increase participation in the annual elections. We are looking forward to delivering a really great solution for their students and are committed to working with the Union to ensure their first online elections are as successful as possible in the first year and beyond.

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