December 2018 - We can't believe this is our final news round-up for 2018: we've welcomed new clients from the UK, Ireland and Australia; you have embraced our new developments and improvements to your MSL System; and your year-round endeavours in supporting members and engaging with the hardest to reach students are awe-inspiring. We are proud to play a part in what you have achieved this year.
We have plans to meet even more of you at user groups in the year ahead and welcome your ideas for how that could work. But before that, we know that everyone will be looking forward to a well deserved break over Christmas and New Year. The MSL team will be hanging up their stockings at 3.00pm (GMT) on Friday 21st December and will return, slightly heavier and rosy-cheeked at 9.00am (GMT) on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. Between those times we will, of course, continue to monitor our systems for urgent issues.
We wish everyone a happy and peaceful break and look forward to an exciting 2019.
The MSL Team
MSL has a make-over
Welcome to ECU Students' Guild
Student Group Finances - save time and resources for staff and students
Mary I Students' Union joins our community
StudentLink - more opportunities to engage
Regional user group meet-ups - what do you think?
PayPal - great rates and more opportunities to engage with your international students
MSL is getting a face lift - we think you'll love our new look!
We’ve been spending some time thinking about MSL's brand and identity: what does it mean to you, our MSL community; how do prospective users of the MSL System view the MSL 'brand'; and how do we demonstrate our commitment to providing easy-to-use products that support an inclusive, diverse, accessible and engaging member experience?
It's an evolving process - but we're making a start with a new logo, corporate style and, coming soon, a new website. Look out for changes happening over the next few weeks and read our branding story here - be one of the first to see MSL's new logo.
ECU Student Guild celebrates success of its first online election with MSL
Edith Cowan University Student Guild celebrated the results from their first fully online election following its decision to use MSL’s election system as part of their drive to promote the interests of their members. The Guild encourages as many students as possible to positively contribute to a vibrant, active and effective organisation, evidenced by the turnout of voters in this year’s October elections. Read the news in full.
Student Group Finances - your modern professional finance management service
Have you seen Student Group Finances in action yet? If not, then you won't know how it can deliver a modern professional finance management service for your clubs and societies. You won't have seen how it supports and empowers staff and committees with digital forms and workflow for income, expenditure and transfer requests. Combine all that with up-to-date account balances direct from your finance system and you're looking at a system that takes away all the pain and paperwork from the day-to-day management of your student groups. Would you like to see Student Group Finances in action? Please contact us and we'd be delighted to show you!
Mary I Students' Union implements MSL System to boost student participation
"We have gone from time consuming manual data collection to our new fully integrated system and could not be happier. The team at MSL were there every step of the way and very helpful throughout. With our new system we are looking forward to improving engagement across our student body." David Cuddihy - Clubs and Societies Coordinator, MISU. Read this story in full.
StudentLink - create a buzz for your tickets and events
Sheffield Students' Union has used StudentLink to great effect to drive ticket sales and downloads around their club nights:
"Our most popular Saturday club night is Pop Tarts. It sells out within hours or days each week, with 1800 capacity. We added 400 tickets exclusively to StudentLink with the tickets going on sale one hour earlier than any other outlet and this drove over 300 additional downloads across the two weeks we ran the promo." Christopher Howett - Digital Producer, Sheffield Students' Union
Interested in learning more about StudentLink and the great ways it can support your engagement and commercial objectives? Contact us to arrange a demo.
We'd love to see more of you!
Our recent user groups at Comms by the Coast and NUS Trade Show have proven to be popular, with great ideas from the community, lively discussion around our development plans and well received presentations from attendees. We'd like to do more sessions like this and make it easier for more people to attend, so we're proposing a new regional series of user groups for next year. We're open to suggestions of location - if you'd like to host a session, please let us know. Similarly, if you have been working on a great project that your students love and want to showcase it to other unions, send us some details. Think this is a great idea or have a better one? Get in touch!
Get great rates for PayPal transactions and make it easy for more students to get involved
With Refreshers likely to be the next big thing on your calendar, now is the time to set up your PayPal facility for all card payments not just PayPal accounts. Contact us to find out more.
"Introducing PayPal was welcomed by our students. Previously, we had some problems with students being unable to complete card transactions and this created extra work for our staff - since introducing PayPal this has reduced. Many students have PayPal accounts and find PayPal is quick and easy. We have also added PayPal card readers as a payment method for one-off events which our student groups use to collect income." Paula Park - Finance Manager, Newcastle University Students' Union