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, or drop by and visit us in Triffo Hall!


News, Opportunities, and Announcements

  1. Peer Program

    International Student Services Peer Program Seeks Graduate Student Volunteers

    Did you know that you can make lasting connections and gain valuable leadership experience by volunteering with the Peer Program?

    The Peer Program matches graduate/undergraduate student volunteers (Senior Peers) with new international students, forming a mentorship relationship that continues throughout the year.

    Senior Peers are matched with students who share common characteristics. Factors such as level of study, faculty/department, and common interests are considered when matching students. Senior Peer students gain student leadership, event planning, and intercultural communication competencies.  

    Apply now by clicking here.

    If you have any questions about the Peer Program, please email:

  2. Studentcare

    Studentcare Health and Dental Plan Office - Summer Hours Began May 23, 2017

    The Studentcare Health and Dental Plan Office (6-14 SUB) is now open Monday to Thursday from 10 AM to 3 PM.

  3. Board Strategic Work Plan

    Message from the GSA President Concerning the Board Strategic Work Plan 2017-2018

    Dear Fellow Graduate Students,

    The 2017-2018 GSA Directly-Elected Officers are working on developing the GSA Board’s Strategic Work Plan (SWP) for the year and are seeking input from graduate students to help inform the development of the Board SWP and your graduate student group’s advocacy priorities.

    You can submit your feedback electronically before June 15, 2017:

    The full 2016-2017 SWP can be found here. Some of its key areas of focus included:

    Advocating for the development of a supervisory training program for both incoming students and supervisors, and the development of an accountability structure to reward quality supervision while creating incentives to improve poor supervision.

    Advocating for consistent, predictable, and sufficient funding which affects student health and wellness, the ability to conduct quality research, and their experience at the U of A.

    Working with the University on compliance, education, and dispute resolution associated with the Collective Agreement governing graduate student assistantships.

    Increasing and diversifying professional development and internship opportunities through collaboration with the FGSR and other parties.

    Commitment to meaningful engagement and advocacy on issues of graduate student tuition and fees.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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Upcoming GSA Events, Meetings,
and Elections

  1. July GSA Council Meeting

    July 17, 2017 Starting Time: 6:00 PM

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