Q: Who can run in the GSA elections?

A: Any registered postgraduate student at the University of York, home or international, on any type of study course and during any point in their course can run for election

Q: Can I run if I haven’t been involved in the GSA before?

A: Yes, anyone can run for a position and being involved already doesn’t advantage you over other candidates as we give all candidates the same training so you’re all equipped with the knowledge and skills to get the most out of being a candidate

Q: Will running for a position / campaigning take up a lot of my time?

A: Not if you plan carefully! Candidates that get the most out of running in the elections are those that balance their time well between studying, campaigning and free time for yourself! Running in an election is fun and we will give you all the training and support you need to get the most out campaigning whilst still making time for your other commitments!

Q: How do I campaign / write a manifesto? I don’t feel like I have the skills

A: We will hosting a number of information sessions and workshops before and after the nominations period to make sure you have all the skills and preparation you need to go out with a great mandate and engage with fellow postgraduate students

Q: If I am elected, how much work is involved in the role?

A: Normal working hours will be 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, but there may be some meetings and events outside of these times. It is best to speak to the current officers to get an idea of the weekly workload

Q: If I am an international student, can I get a visa to work and fulfil the requirements of the position?

A: Yes, the GSA along with the international team will help you secure a new visa