Welcome to the Graduate Students' Association of the University of Alberta!

The Graduate Students' Association (GSA) is established under Alberta's Post-Secondary Learning Act as the representative body for graduate students at the University of Alberta.

The GSA is a student-led, not-for-profit corporation, with a mission to advocate for support for graduate students, negotiate a Collective Agreement for graduate students holding assistantships, foster student engagement, and to support the academic achievements of its members.

All graduate students at the U of A are automatically members of the GSA, with the right to vote in elections (and run for office!), and serve on committees. Check out the links to the left to learn more about the GSA, the Directly-Elected Officers who represent graduate students, and all the ways to get involved.

If you have any questions, email gsa.frontdesk@ualberta.ca, or drop by and visit us in Triffo Hall!


News, Opportunities, and Announcements

  1. Student Success Centre Workshops

    Spring/Summer Workshops from the Student Success Centre

    The Student Success Centre (SSC) is pleased to announce the following learning opportunities for graduate students seeking to improve their writing, reading, and project management skills over the spring and summer months.

    For more information, please click here.

  2. Bill7

    Message from the GSA Vice-President Labour Concerning Bill 7

    As follow up to information on Bill 7 (an act to enhance post-secondary academic bargaining) circulated in April via the GSA newsletter, the GSA would like to again encourage all graduate students (and especially those who are, have been, or will be academically employed as Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, and Principal Instructors), to access information from the government (including a summary of Bill 7's highlights and the legislation itself) which the GSA had previously circulated and which can be found here.

    With respect to next steps, the Alberta Graduate Provincial Advocacy Council (ab-GPAC), of which the GSA is a member, will be further discussing this important issue with government. Furthermore, the GSA will be engaging in discussions with the University, as well as securing a legal review/opinion on the implications of Bill 7 (and associated legislation, such as the Labour Relations Code) for the GSA in terms of our Bylaw and Policy, current and future collective agreements, and bargaining processes.

    Once the GSA has a complete understanding of this pivotal issue, we will engage in further outreach to graduate students through the GSA newsletter, town halls, individual meetings with interested parties, and the preparation and circulation of briefing documents/overviews to help educate graduate students. You are encouraged to watch for further updates over the summer of 2017 and/or to reach out to the GSA if you have questions or concerns.

    Regards, Sasha van der Klein, GSA Vice-President Labour, 2017-2018

  3. GSA Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Chief Returning Officer (CRO), and Deputy Returning Officer (DRO)

    Call for Nominations - DEADLINE - Wednesday, May 29, 2017 at 12 PM (noon)

    Nominations are now open for each of the four positions of Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Chief Returning Officer (CRO), and Deputy Returning Officer (DRO).

    For more information, please click here.

  4. Human Rights

    Nominate an Individual or Organization for the University of Alberta Visiting Lectureship in Human Rights

    Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion or protection of human rights and who, through their lecture, will further the goals of the Lectureship?

    To find out more information or to nominate a speaker, please click here.

  5. Pick Up Your Spring/Summer U-Pass Sticker!

    Distribution locations and hours in April began on Tuesday, April 18 at different locations:

    Your Winter U-Pass sticker will expire on April 30, 2017. Do not remove it until after April 30!

    For more information, please click here.

  6. Bill 7

    Dear Graduate Student Colleagues,  

    As you may recall from fall 2016, the Alberta Government has been reviewing existing labour legislation at post-secondary institutions in order to be compliant with a Supreme Court of Canada decision concerning the right to strike. As part of that review, the GSA embarked upon a consultation process aimed at soliciting feedback directly from graduate students at the University of Alberta, prior to the provincial lobby group ab-GPAC submitting a joint position on behalf of all graduate students in the province.  

    Earlier this month, we communicated on the GSA’s social media platforms, the Government of Alberta unveiled proposed legislation, Bill 7, and took it through its first reading. Bill 7 introduces changes to the Labour Relations Code and the Post-Secondary Learning Act that will affect Graduate Assistants at the University of Alberta.  You can learn more about Bill 7 here and here.  

    The GSA will remain engaged on this important issue, especially so in advance of the expiration of the current Assistantship Collective Agreement (negotiated by the GSA with the University’s Board of Governors) and the opening of negotiations for the next agreement. To that end, graduate students are encouraged to watch the GSA newsletter for consultation sessions planned for the summer of 2017, and other opportunities to provide feedback to the GSA.  

    If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact the GSA Vice-President Labour, Sasha van der Klein, at gsa.vplabour@ualberta.ca  

    Sarah Ficko, GSA President 2016-2017
    Sasha van der Klein, GSA Vice-President Labour 2016-2017 and 2017-2018

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Upcoming GSA Events, Meetings,
and Elections

  1. June GSA Council Meeting

    June 19, 2017 Starting Time: 6:00 PM

  2. July GSA Council Meeting

    July 17, 2017 Starting Time: 6:00 PM

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