GSA Welcome to New Students

Welcome to York!

If you’re reading this you’re probably a new postgraduate student due to be starting in September. The good news is we send you an email with everything you need to know about the GSA and Welcome Week before you start. The bad news is we don’t tend to get everyone’s emails until after you’ve arrived.

That’s why we’ve put together this post which covers all of the important content from that email in case you don’t get in time.


York is one of only three Universities in the country with a specialist Students’ Union just for postgraduates. The Graduate Student’s Association provides:

We’re here in the good times and the bad to make sure you can make the most of your time at the University of York.

Find out more and get involved

There are many ways to find out what’s going on with the GSA:
Twitter: @GSAYork
Snapchat: YorkGSA
New PG Students Facebook Group:

Your Officers

The GSA has three elected full time sabbatical officer who represent your views and ensure the University listens to postgraduates.

This years team are:

President – Sehrish Shafi
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Twitter – @gsayorkpres

Vice President – Wellbeing and Community – Amy Bullard
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Twitter – @gsayorkwell

Vice President – Academic – Charlotte Chamberlain
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Twitter – @gsayorkacademic

Welcome Week

September 17th – September 23rd

To help you get settled in to York and make lots of new friends, the Graduate Students’ Association puts on a week of social events, activities and welcome talks just for postgrads.

You can find details for all the events on our GSA Welcome Week Events Calendar. We also produce a physical welcome guide which you’ll get when you arrive in York either in your accommodation if you’re on campus or in private halls, or from the GSA office of information stand.


A wristband will be available to purchase which covers all our big events as well as discounts on our first trip and other discounts throughout the week! Wristbands are £15 if you buy before the 8th of September (limited availability).
Click here to purchase your Welcome Week wristband

If you don’t want to buy a wristband you can pay on the door for each event, although we can’t guarantee entry without a wristband as venue capacity is limited for all events.


Share your Welcome Week photos with us by using the hashtag #YorkWelcome and the most creative photo will win 2 x free tickets to our first trip of the Autumn term!

Advice & Support

The GSA Advice Service offers advice and support across a range of academic issues that students can encounter. These include:

We can give you advice and support on any issue affecting your studies or research. Appointments can be face-to-face, online or by telephone if you can’t come on to campus.

To book and appointment click here or the “Book a welfare appointment” tab at the top of our web site to see one of our specialist members of staff.

Guide for International Students

Every year international students tell us that they can sometimes struggle to understand UK customs or how do something UK students take for granted, like accessing the NHS.

In order to help new international students we’ve put together a handy guide covering some of the basics and answering those questions you might feel silly asking.

Download the guide here

24th August 2018