What are the GSA Summer Elections?

The GSA Summer Elections provide you with the opportunity to make a real difference to the postgraduate community. You could lead an organisation representing over 4000 students, ensuring the issues effecting postgraduate students are recognised and represented on a university, local and national level. You could be the person who makes sure postgraduates are catered for with a wide range of events, activities and opportunities. You could…BE THE CHANGE!

Who can run?

Any postgraduate student attending the University of York is eligible for election. You don’t need to have been involved in the GSA previously. The GSA will be able to support you throughout the process. A strong manifesto and good campaigning is the key to success!

What can I run for?



The president of the GSA acts as the main external contact for the GSA, focuses on the academic and professional development of postgraduates, and represents the postgraduate voice on University committees.

Full time position September 2016- September 2017 Renumeration: £18,500

Click here to download the President election pack

Vice president (Wellbeing and Community)GSA_CommunityIcon

The vice president (Wellbeing and Community) of the GSA focuses on the practical aspects of the student experience, coordinating events, sports, wellbeing activities and leads on supporting college GCRs and CSAs along with the GSA’s 6 PG Network groups

Full time position September 2016- September 2017 Renumeration: £18,500

Click here to download the Vice President election pack

Student TrusteeGSA_WelfareIcon

The Student Trustee sits on the Board of Trustees at the GSA and makes sure the student voice is heard. They are to ensure that the GSA is well run, meets its aims and is working within the legal and constitutional framework laid down.

Part time position June 2016 – June 2017 Voluntary role

Click here to download the Student Trustee election pack

Elections Schedule 

Nominations open – 9am Monday 8th May
Nominations close – 5pm Friday 19th May
Elections Training sessions – 22nd – 26th May
Campaigning starts – 9am Monday 29th May
Voting opens – 9am Monday 5th June
Voting closes – 5pm Friday 9th June
Results night – 8pm Friday 9th June


Nominations for the GSA Elections will open 12:00 Monday 8th May and will close 5pm Friday 19th May. The nomination form will be available at: yorkgsa.org/nominate There will also be a section for you to recommend a friend you think would be great for a position as well!

If you have any questions or concerns about the GSA Elections 2017, please email: elections@yorkgsa.org

Nominations open now! Click here to nominate yourself 


The GSA represents postgraduate students across the University of York. We are an independent student representative organisation, independent from YUSU and Student Support.

So how does it all work?

The GSA is roughly organised into four main organisational bodies. These are:

  • Board of Trustees – manages the strategic organisation of the GSA
  • Full Time Officers (FTOs) – (President and Vice-President) represent students at all levels of the institution
  • GSA Council – supports the POs and works with the Networks to ensure diversity of representation at decision-making levels
  • Postgraduate student Networks– these are organised and run by postgraduate students for postgraduate students, and provide a social and campaign platform for postgraduates.

Collectively these bodies work together to represent and support all postgraduates at the University of York. Each structure is explained in more detail here.