News Category: Academic

Vice President Academic Blog - Term 1 Review

Vice President Academic Blog – Term 1 Review

There are a few words that I’ve been using a lot this term. Hectic, challenging and a huge learning curve are the ones that I usually say when I’m asked how my first term has gone. The learning curve has been steep; I’ve spent a significant proportion of my days running from meeting to meeting,…

24th December 2019

Industrial Strike Action: Guidance for Students + GSA Response

Industrial Strike Action: Guidance for Students + GSA Response

Industrial Action at the University of York Members of UCU (a Trade Union for academic staff) have voted to take industrial action on pay, pensions and working conditions. UCU have announced eight days of strikes will get underway from Monday 25th November to Wednesday 4th December. At this stage, it is hard to say exactly…

15th November 2019

Guide to Study and Assessment Q+A

Guide to Study and Assessment Q+A

During Week 2 of Autumn Term 2019, the GSA held an event to help new students learn about the differences in study and assessment at York compared to universities around the world and indeed the UK. As part of the event there was a question and answer session. We have written up some of the…

28th October 2019

Charlotte's Blog: The Augar Report

Charlotte’s Blog: The Augar Report

The Augar Review has been published! With Higher Education all over the news today, I thought I’d provide a quick briefing on the most pertinent changes. The Augar Review (Review of post-18 funding) has been looking at aspects surrounding the funding of Higher Education – the report published today is over 216 pages long, so…

30th May 2019

GSA York Postgrad Summer Forum - Call for Abstracts for Presentations

GSA York Postgrad Summer Forum – Call for Abstracts for Presentations

Integrating Interfaculty Ideas Call for Abstracts for Presentations Calling all postgraduate researchers! Are you bored over the summer? Keen to meet new people? Want to see if you can make someone from a completely different area of academia understand your research? The York Postgrad Summer Forum is a series of seminars which will take place…

1st April 2019

Jobs at the GSA

Jobs at the GSA

We have two great full-time roles now available at the GSA. Representation and Democracy Coordinator – Full-time – £22000pa Advice and Welfare Coordinator – Full-time – £22000pa Over the last few years the GSA has developed and expanded the services it offers to its members and these staff posts are part of the latest phase…

15th October 2018

Charlotte's Blog - 09/04/18

Charlotte’s Blog – 09/04/18

So it’s April, Mid-Easter break and the sun is finally out! Deadlines and exams are approaching with speed – if you find that things aren’t going as planned, please do remember to use our advice and support service, you can book an appointment here . The last term has been a tricky one: adverse…

9th April 2018

UCU Industrial Action

We have formally canvassed opinions from within our GSA council and informally with the wider student body. As can be expected with a complex issue like this the views of our members are divided. The strike action will directly impact on the teaching for many of our members and members of our postgraduate community may also be…

5th February 2018

Charlotte’s Blog – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

It was a cold and frosty morning… ‘It’s snowing!’ has been the prevailing cry in the office in the last couple of days, finally heralding the start of the cold, northern winter.  Term has ended, the shops are shut and our office has been covered in Tinsel. It must be nearly Christmas! Again. (Has it…

11th December 2017

Charlotte’s Blog – A New Academic Year Has Begun!

Following the hectic schedule of Welcome week and Network week, the start of teaching has heralded the return of calm to the GSA office! However, this new peaceful atmosphere belies the daunting pile of box files full of papers now sat on my desk, and the number of committees to which they pertain. Now, the…

9th October 2017