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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Request for Feedback on Proposed Changes to FGSR Policy

    Request for Feedback on Proposed Changes to FGSR Policy Regarding Supervision and Examination (Candidacy Exam and Defense)

    The FGSR Policy Review Committee will soon be considering a series of changes to FGSR policies on examinations and have asked for feedback from graduate students. Graduate students are encouraged to review the materials found here and send any feedback or questions they may have to Firouz Khodayari, GSA Vice-President Academic, at gsa.vpacademic@ualberta.ca before Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

  4. GSA Coffee Break

    Join us for the next GSA Coffee Break: April 28, 2017 from 1 PM to 2 PM at Triffo Hall

    Limited supply of free GSA coffee mugs, travel mugs or water bottles will be available
    For more information, please click here.

  5. Let Go of Your Mind

    Improv Workshop - April 25, 2017

    Take a break from your studies and join us for an improv workshop, led by Cristian Paul Badiu, a graduate student in the U of A Department of Drama. Free lunch will be provided.

    Event details: Tuesday April 25, 2017 from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    1-16 FGSR Boardroom (first floor of Triffo Hall)

    Click here for more information and to RSVP.

  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.  

    Yesterday, as 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: http://bit.ly/2oeMkFg and http://bit.ly/2o5WjKR.  

    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. April GSA Council Meeting

    April 24, 2017 Starting Time 6:00pm

  2. May GSA Council Meeting

    May 15, 2017 Starting Time: 6:00 PM

  3. June GSA Council Meeting

    June 19, 2017 Starting Time: 6:00 PM

  4. July GSA Council Meeting

    July 17, 2017 Starting Time: 6:00 PM

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