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. Early Call Get-To-Know Dinner

    Interested in Running To Be 2017-2018 GSA President or Vice-President?

    Attend the Get-to-Know Dinner For Early Call For Talent and Training!

    Wednesday, October 26 2016 at 5:00 PM in Triffo Hall

    Kindly RSVP as soon as possible to gsa.nomcomm@ualberta.ca so that we can finalize the amount of food required.

  2. GSA/FGSR Fall Professional Development Information Fair

    Did you know that the U of A now has mandatory Professional Development Requirements?

    Join us to find out about professional development resources and the kinds of opportunities available for you!

    The GSA and FGSR invite interested graduate students to attend the Fall Professional Development Info Fair

    Space is limited, so please RSVP by October 24, 2016, by clicking here.

  3. Early Call Talent and Training

    The GSA Nominating Committee is charged with the responsibility of proactively identifying potential candidates for the positions of GSA President, Vice-President Academic, Vice-President Labour, Vice-President Student Services, and Vice-President External (GSA Policy, Nominating, Section 6.4).


    The Early Call for Talent and Training program is designed to provide training and information to students interested in running for elected office. All of these positions are elected by all graduate students at the University of Alberta through the GSA General Election with an official call for nominations on or about January 30, 2017.

    Please click here for more information.

  4. GSA Special Bulletin

    Sent on behalf of Sarah Ficko President Graduate Students’ Association and Sasha van der Klein, GSA Vice-President Labour


    Dear Graduate Students,


    As you may be aware, the Alberta Government, in order to be compliant with a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision concerning the right to strike, is currently working on legislation that will fundamentally affect labour relations at post-secondary institutions. This may result in significant changes for graduate students covered under the Graduate Student Assistantship Collective Agreement.


    For more information, please click here.

  5. GSA Unwind Your Mind Coffee Breaks for Grad Students!

    Free Travel Mugs to the First 20 Attendees

      The GSA is working with several grad student groups throughout the fall term to host coffee breaks in different locations across campus; take a break from your studies and enjoy a coffee or tea and healthy snacks with your fellow grad students. Stay tuned to the GSA newsletter and website for updated information or for the full schedule click here.

  6. Special Bulletin

    Sent on behalf of Sarah Ficko, GSA President and Former VP Labour, and Sasha van der Klein, GSA VP Labour

    This communication is to inform you of the completion of the current round of collective bargaining on behalf of University of Alberta graduate students, between the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and the University’s Board of Governors (BoG). Both the GSA Council and the Board of Governors recently ratified the Graduate Student Assistantship Collective Agreement, as negotiated by the respective negotiating teams.

    The Collective Agreement is a legally binding contract between GSA and the BoG, offering protection for Graduate Assistants and regulating the terms and conditions of their employment.

    For more information, please click here.

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Upcoming GSA Events, Meetings,
and Elections

  1. October GSA Council Meeting

    October 24, 2016 Starting Time 6:00pm

  2. November GSA Council Meeting

    November 21, 2016 Starting Time 6:00pm

  3. December GSA Council Meeting

    December 19, 2016 Starting Time 6:00pm

  4. January GSA Council Meeting

    January 23, 2016 Starting Time 6:00pm

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