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University of Limerick Students’ Union chooses MSL for new online elections system

University of Limerick Students' Union

1st Devember 2016 - The University of Limerick Students’ Union (ULSU) has chosen to update its online elections system with a new digital solution from Membership Solutions Ltd (MSL). The MSL Elections system will integrate with HEAnet’s federated access service, Edugate, and will contribute to the Union’s delivery of its 2016-2020 strategic plan.

ULSU has selected MSL Elections to provide online voting and referenda facilities for the Union and its members over the next three years. Student Leadership and Government is one of the four pillars of the Union’s current strategic plan and so use of a reliable and flexible digital voting system to reach as many members as possible for decision making is critical.

Whilst ULSU has previously made use of online voting, it was keen to work with a supplier who has experience of integrating with the Edugate single sign on (SSO) system for validation of student details. MSL has extensive experience of working with a variety of SSO systems, including Edugate, as well as implementing solutions that can support elections without membership data or an SSO facility.

ULSU is the representative body for 13,500 students who are automatically members of the Union upon enrolment at the University. Members elect three sabbatical officers as well as the part-time members of the Union's Executive Committee who are charged with representing and supporting members during their student journey.

Liz Gabbett, Democracy Development Manager at University of Limerick Students’ Union commented: “I am looking forward to working with MSL to deliver a reliable, secure and easy to use voting platform for UL students in the upcoming elections.”

Colin Watson, CEO at Membership Solutions Ltd, added: “The MSL team is pleased to be working with and supporting the officers and staff at University of Limerick Students’ Union with their online democracy plans. We understand how important this element of a students’ organisation role is in engaging with their members, encouraging participation in all areas of university life and ensuring effective representation.”

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