Volunteers, opportunities & awards - do it all digitally!
Volunteering & Employability
Volunteers, opportunities & awards - do it all digitally!

Opportunities, skills and awards to boost future employability  

University of Plymouth Students' Union logoRead how Plymouth University Students' Union has transformed their volunteering programme into a fully digital Volunteering & Recognition Showcase with the support of MSL.

KeeleSU Volunteering logoRead how KeeleSU Volunteering increased participation and reduced admin when they implemented MSL Volunteering & Employability.


**WATCH THE WEB TOUR!** Learn about the online resources the teams at University of Plymouth Students' Union and Warwick Volunteers, among many others, use to support student volunteering, skills building and community engagement.

  • Profile
  • Opportunities
  • Activities & Skills
  • Training & Awards
  • Messaging



Volunteers create their own profile which grows as they participate in activities. Volunteers set search filters and preferences within their profile so they only see opportunities which match their requirements.

The skills profile includes hours logged, awards received, skills attained and training attended.

University of Plymouth SU volunteer profile view
MSL’s Volunteering & Employability system supports all the UPSU volunteer, provider and awards functionality. The ability to display engagement stats, which use real time data pulled in via an API, has proven to be a real draw for new volunteers.

Read the case study: University of Plymouth Students' Union



Your organisation can advertise recurring and one-off volunteering opportunities, give access to internal departments and third-party providers to set up and manage provider accounts and approve/reject opportunities. Opportunities can be configured to provide the following details:

  • Activity details - title, description and number of volunteers required
  • Display dates - the date range and apply by date to control how the opportunity appears when a volunteer uses the browse facility
  • Activity types - match the selections volunteers choose in their profile
  • Employability skills - guide volunteers when selecting opportunities which are most appropriate for their objectives


Activities & Skills

Activities & Skills

Volunteers log their activities by hour and can include community volunteering, committee membership, course rep, work experience and internships.

Activity periods can be set up to correspond to academic years or to a single activity period, such as the volunteer's time at University.

The skills record they build can be downloaded and contains all their roles, activities and skills gained. Volunteers can choose to display a skills review on their profile to demonstrate progress.

Training & Awards

Training & Awards

When a volunteer takes part in a training course, their attendance is verified so that it can be logged against relevant awards progress and shown on their profile.

Multiple awards can be run simultaneously with each award based on number of hours logged and linked to criteria such as skill categories, qualifications and reviews the volunteer has received about their contribution.



Distinctive templates for your volunteering communications allow engaging information to be sent to volunteers volunteering administrators and opportunity providers.

Opportunity providers can be given access to directly message all volunteers taking part in one of their opportunities - and volunteers can opt in and out of all communications from their profile area.

As well as outgoing messages, inbound notifications can be set up for to alert users about new opportunities, new providers, an opportunity application, an approved registration - amongst many others.

Warwick Volunteers (VW) is delighted to be joining MSL after the University of Warwick Business Analysts reviewed the case for change and put their weight behind the move. Having taken account of the sector offering, the WV team became increasingly confident that functionality built into the MSL System and the agile nature of MSL in the way it meets its clients’ needs are going to mark a step change for WV in the way it meets both student and community partner needs.

Paul Barlow, Manager - Warwick Volunteers



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