Postgraduate Networks

The GSA has a number of dedicated social networks for postgraduate students. Each of these groups has a dedicated budget to put on regular events throughout the year and are a great way to meet people similar to you and exchange thoughts and ideas. Click through the networks below to find out more info:

Masters Network

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Doing a masters course can be very intense and you’re usually only here for a year or two. The Masters Network aims to run social events throughout the year such as quiz nights and bar crawls for you to meet new friends and develop new interests.


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!


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.


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!


Wellbeing Network

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A new GSA network designed to create opportunities for postgraduate students to discuss and foster positive wellbeing practices.


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.