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 academically-employed graduate students, 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. 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.

  2. Roundtable Discussions

    Want to Provide Feedback to the GSA? – Roundtable Discussions – July 11 and August 4, 2016

    Tell the GSA what you think about topics including:

    • GSA services such as the Health and Dental Plan 
    • GSA's engagement with graduate students and 
    • Other important issues that graduate students face.

    Sessions will be held:

    • Monday, July 11, 2016 from 1 PM to 3 PM in 1-16 Triffo Hall
    • Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 10 AM to 12 PM in MEC 2-3
    • Light refreshments (cookies, juice, coffee, and tea) will be served.
    Please RSVP for this event here: http://goo.gl/forms/U7TUdFBfGkJSsoqC2

    RSVPs will help us determine how much food to supply but you’re welcome to join us even if you haven’t RSVP'd

  3. Spring Term and Summer Term Tuition Deductions

    We apologize for the confusion and lack of communication surrounding the change in Spring Term and Summer Term tuition deductions for students who have assistantships in those terms. Last summer the GSA received complaints that tuition deductions were being made before the tuition deadline (eg, tuition deductions were being made prior to the Summer Term fees payment deadline in the Academic Schedule). This was being done because Spring and Summer Terms were being treated as one term for tuition deduction purposes. In order to fix this, the GSA asked Human Resources to change the process and treat Spring Term and Summer Term separately, since they are separate terms and both require separate registrations and have separate tuition and fees payment deadlines. One of the unanticipated consequences was that the tuition deduction timing changed because of the compressed timeline of Spring (2 months) and Summer (2 months). You should have been notified of this change before it was implemented.

  4. Summer Studentcare Hours

    If you have questions about the GSA Health and Dental Plan, visit the on-campus Studentcare office for answers:

    • May 16 - August 31, 2016
    • Monday to Thursday from 10 AM to 3 PM

  5. Northern Alberta Wildfire Crisis - Resources and How to Help

    The Graduate Students' Association has been closely monitoring the serious situation in northern Alberta and wants to ensure that all graduate students affected by this disaster are aware of information and resources available to them. 

    We know that all grad students have already received a kind email (with information and resources) from the Dean of FGSR, Heather Zwicker. In addition, please visit the University homepage: https://uofa.ualberta.ca/fort-mcmurray for up-to-date information. 

    Resources and How to Help:

  6. Enjoy Summer at the Faculty Club

    No Membership Fee - May 2 - August 31, 2016

    Bring a friend to enjoy drinks, buffet or the Jasper Lights menu ($5 to $15) – cash only

    Free coffee every morning Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 11 AM

    $5 (incl. GST) for draft pints, wine, and highballs from noon to close

    33% ($10) discount for the Jasper Room full dinner buffet (with a reservation)

    Please call the Faculty Club for all reservations at 492-4231

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Upcoming GSA Events, Meetings,
and Elections

  1. July GSA Council Meeting

    July 18, 2016 Starting Time 6:00pm

  2. August GSA Council Meeting

    August 22, 2016 Starting Time 6:00pm

  3. GSA Council Meeting

  4. October GSA Council Meeting

    October 24, 2016 Starting Time 6:00pm

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