We're one of only a few universities in the UK to have an independent student-led association specifically for postgraduates. When you arrive at York as a postgraduate you will automatically become a member.

The GSA is led by a team of elected officers who are all York students or recent graduates. They're here to help you make the most of your time at York.

Welcome Week

The GSA will be involved in your York experience from day one. You'll meet them at Welcome Week, where they'll help you get settled in and get to know other postgraduate students, through a range of on and off campus events, city tours and trips.


They also represent postgraduate students' interests at all levels, from the University Council to individual departments. They work in conjunction with the Students' Union (YUSU), colleges and the University to ensure you're well supported during your time at York.

"In my time as President, I've experienced how postgraduate students are at the heart of all our plans and activities. I nominated myself for presidency because I had a rich postgraduate experience at York and I wanted to make sure that all postgraduates students have a fantastic journey and create unforgettable memories. With the wide range of activities, events and support we offer on an academic, pastoral and social level we can make that possible for everyone!"

Rasha Salah El-Din, GSA President 2015/16


They organise events for postgraduate students on and off campus throughout the year such as themed nights, quizzes and trips to cities across the country. They can also help you set up and fund your own community event or project to enhance postgraduate student life at York through the Postgraduate Community Fund.

If you have dependants, you could get involved with the Family Network to help you meet other students with children.


The GSA offer free non-competitive 'sport for all' sessions to ensure all postgraduate students have access to sports that fits their schedule. The sports on offer include badminton, basketball, football, netball, tennis and yoga.

Training and development

You can access high quality skills training and professional networking events. The PhD and Masters Networks are informal social networks set up by the GSA.

Advice and support

The GSA provide specialist advice and support on academic issues such as academic appeals, or on welfare issues such as financial hardship, housing and childcare.

More information

This is only a snapshot of what's on offer, for full details visit the GSA website.