AboutThe GSA is the primary representative body for all registered postgraduate students at the University of York. The GSA aims to provide a social community for postgraduates and we also represent postgraduate views on a variety of university committees, provide academic and welfare support and offer advice on all postgraduate matters. Furthermore the GSA provides services to the university’s large and diverse postgraduate community. The University of York is one of few universities in the UK to have a students’ association specifically for postgraduates. The GSA is run by postgraduates for postgraduate students and all our officers are elected annually.
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The GSA is a specialist student association, with a dynamic core team of staff and officers. We provide a dedicated one-to-one independent advice service to postgraduates on issues linked to appeals, complaints and disciplinary matters. There are exciting times ahead for the GSA as we are developing new plans and services within the association. Part of this vision is to expand the Advice Service to better support postgraduate students with more of the issues that matter to them. This may include student finance and housing as we work to deliver our vision for providing an increased range of consistent support for our members.
To achieve this goal, we would like to appoint a Coordinator to support the Advice Manager in the day-to-day running of the service. The GSA recognises that our team does not currently reflect the diversity of our membership. We welcome applications from all individuals and particularly those from backgrounds currently under-represnted in our team. We are willing to consider part-time working for
candidates with the appropriate set of skills and experience.
● To deliver a high-quality professional advice service to postgraduate students at the University of York
● To provide independent, confidential, non-judgmental, and impartial advice and information on academic issues and other matters relevant to our members
● To provide support to postgraduate students who are in dispute with the University
● To advise and support elected officers and other GSA staff on matters where trend in individual casework is indicative of an issue impacting on an increasing number of students
● To assist the Advice Manager in developing the service, including policy and procedures that support students
The successful post holder will take joint responsibility for:
● Maintaining up to date and comprehensive records
● Assisting in the development of policy and practice as appropriate
● Researching, developing, and delivering information, workshops and other training on relevant subjects and identifying opportunities for service development, preventative and early intervention work and assisting with the development of associated resources
● Developing and maintaining effective working relationships, procedures and referral routes with key University and local services