Postgraduate Networks

Want to make friends as a Postgrad? Meet like-minded people and have a fun time? At the GSA we do this through our networks, groups of students that put on regular events with a dedicated budget to make your university experience the best it can be. Click through the networks below to find the right ones for you:

Masters Network

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What is it?

A master’s degree can be intense. Hard work, sleepless nights, a new city – or an old one, where lots of your friends have moved on. The GSA Master’s Network provides weekly events to let you de-stress, relax, and make friends. It’s run by students, for students, so our events are specifically tailored for you. And if we don’t provide an event you want? Well, by emailing us at then we can look at helping you start up events of your own.

Why should you join?

Doing your master’s can be a brilliant experience. But it’s all too easy to concentrate on the academic side of things and not let yourself unwind. Without the necessary support networks and friends, reaching your ambitions will be that little bit harder. We do regular events, whether that be a Pub Quiz or a board games cafe, there’s always opportunities to hang out and make friends. In the past we’ve done karaoke, bar crawls, coffee shop crawls, pizza evenings and many more.

The reason why you should get involved though, is because we have the resources to enable you to make the most of your university experience, to provide the events that you always thought were missing. Without you there is no master’s network.

Join our Master’s Network HERE and let’s make your postgrad experience the best one it can be.

We’ve set up a network for PhD students who want to get to know one another socially; find out what other research is taking place at the University; and learn from others. The group meets regularly throughout the year and we’re a friendly bunch, so just come along!

Join our PHD network HERE


LGBTQ Network

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What is it?

York is a great place to study, but it can feel small when you are part of a minority group. That is where the LGBTQ network comes in! This network is the result of the hard work of several consecutive LGBT representatives from the Graduate Students’ Association.

The network is made of postgraduate students who self-identify as LGBTQ (and any other non straight or nor gender binary identity) plus their friends. These students come from different departments of the University to meet in safe inclusive spaces where they can be themselves and enjoy the company of others like them.

The network mainly gets involved in social activities, but it has a campaigning side to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues in the University.

Why should you join?

The network is a great way to meet other LGBT postgraduates in the University and make loads of friends. York postgraduate community is buzzing with brilliant engaging people, but inter-departmental gathering of postgraduates, especially PhD students, are rare.

The LGBTQ network is one of those few instances where students from all disciplines get a chance to sit down and enjoy a few drinks and talk about their shared interests.

The network is also a platform to explore possibilities about increasing visibility and raising awareness about LGBTQ issues within the University and in the greater context. It has links with all the major LGBT groups in the city and is part of planning and delivery of LGBT history month and York Pride.

You can join our LGBTQ HERE


Family Network

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We are a group organised by families and the GSA aimed at University families. Home and international students, undergraduate, postgraduate and members of staff – anyone at the University of York with dependants is welcome to join us! Feel free to ask questions, exchange tips, ideas, experiences, useful information, events, have fun and find support!

You can join the Family Network HERE


Graduate Teaching Assistant Network

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This is a group for all GTA’s at the University of York for sharing information and best practice. Seminars, socials and forums, all supported by the GSA!


College Tutor Network

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College tutors are postgraduate students who live in each college and are available for support and assistance. Tutors are intended as an approachable contact within the college for issues which students may not want to discuss with a more senior member of the college, as an emergency contact and to provide longer-term support for students facing difficulties. They act as a signposting service for students, directing them to the most appropriate support services within the university, which can range from the health centre to a student’s academic supervisor, whilst also being available to answer any questions which students might have during their time in York. Finally, they can also provide sexual health supplies free of charge. Meetings with Tutors are kept as discrete as possible, but are not confidential as issues may be discussed with the rest of the college welfare team or support staff at the university, although steps can be taken to ensure students are not identified.

Tutors are not trained counsellors, therefore will send students who need such services to the Open Door team. They will however be on hand to talk to students undergoing counselling and ensure that any other difficulties they may have are being addressed. Neither are they responsible for discipline within the college – whilst they may report incidents to the Head and Deputy Heads of College, they are not there to get students into trouble and as such are often the most approachable member of the college welfare team, especially when resolving serious grievances in university residences.