We're one of only a few universities in the UK to have an independent student-led organisation 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.
The GSA will be involved in your York experience from day one. There is a dedicated postgraduate 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.
"The Graduate Students’ Association makes York an exciting place to be a postgraduate student! We provide a supported community for graduate study, as well as free sports session, trips, events and confidential advice and welfare service. Postgraduates make up over a quarter of the students here at York, so it’s important that our voice is heard – the GSA works to provide feedback and advice to the University to ensure that postgraduate needs are at the forefront of university strategy. My role is to support and represent students in the Academic aspects of graduate study, although I can often also be found at many of our social events!"
Charlotte Chamberlain, GSA President 2017/18
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.
The GSA has set up a number of postgraduate networks. These run regular social events to allow you to meet new people, make friends and share ideas. Their networks include PhD, Masters, Family, LGBTQ and College Tutors networks.
The GSA offers 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.
Academic training and development
You can access high-quality skills training and professional networking events. The GSA collaborates with Careers, colleges and departments to provide unique and informative academic events such as "Secret Life of a PhD" and "Social Media for Researchers".
Advice and support
The GSA provides a specialist postgraduate advice service to support with academic issues such as academic appeals, or on welfare issues such as financial hardship, housing and childcare.
Events and trips
The GSA runs a comprehensive events programme throughout the year with the main aim to be diverse and welcoming. They host trips to cites, local and national attractions, evening events on and off campus to provide you with opportunities to take breaks, relax and have fun.
This is only a snapshot of what's on offer, for full details visit the GSA website.