The GSS maintains relationships with several organizations and groups on-campus to provide services and networking to graduate students from different disciplines.
Alma Mater Society (AMS)
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) represents all students on campus, so graduate student members of GSS are also members of the AMS. The AMS, like the GSS, is run by elected students representatives (Council and Executive). We work with the AMS to advocate to government and the University on issues like funding and transport. The GSS also has a dedicated graduate student space on the 4th floor of the AMS Student Nest.
Graduate & Post-Doctoral Studies (G+PS)
The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) at UBC, support every aspect of graduate education across campus, including awards, thesis preparation, supervision and graduate student life. The GSS works closely with GPS on a range from projects including addressing issues of funding and in developing facilities for graduate students on campus.
Affiliate Organizations (AOs) are a vital part of the GSS. We partner with 50+ Affiliate Organizations. We work closely with on- and off-campus graduate student associations and university groups throughout the year to foster and strengthen a close-knitted graduate student community. AOs may hold opinions or positions that reflect those of a specific section of the graduate community, and so they may differ from those of the GSS.
GSS Event Fund
One of the biggest benefits of becoming an AO is gaining access to the GSS Event Fund, which reimburses expenses to host events benefiting graduate students of UBC. Current AOs can apply for the Event Fund on the Affiliate Organizations page.
Want to Become an Affiliate Organization?Get more info and apply on our Affiliated Organizations page.
Alliance of BC Students (ABCS)
The Alliance of BC Students represents the collective voices of 112,000+ post-secondary students across British Columbia. The GSS is a longstanding member, and we work with the Alliance to understand the issues facing students in the province and to lobby the Provincial Government to address these problems.
Graduate Students of Canada (GSSC)
Graduate Students of Canada began as an informal alliance where graduate students at Canada’s top 15 research-intensive institutions (U15) strategized ways in which graduate students could engage in collective advocacy across the country. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by three graduate student societies at U15 institutions in three different provinces to coordinate advocacy campaigns.
Graduate Student Societies of British Columbia (GSSBC)
The advocacy group, Graduate Student Societies of British Columbia was founded in 2020. The founding members of the group, all executive student leaders at the University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Victoria, recognized a lack of attention given to issues affecting graduate students in the province. The group now meets regularly to discuss advocacy priorities affecting graduate students in BC, and potential solutions to the most pressing concerns.