About Us

Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association is a student-run, diverse, and multi-faceted organization that aims to meet your needs as a graduate student at Athabasca University.

Click here to learn more about our history, and governance structure. From the media? We’d love to get in touch with you as well!

AUGSA History

The Post-Secondary Learning Act of Alberta requires that universities with graduate programs have a Graduate Students’ Association in place. To that end, Athabasca University Graduate Student’s Association (AUGSA) was formed in 2005. In the early years, AUGSA worked on creating a solid foundation for governance for the future. In 2009, AUGSA began to charge membership dues, thereby allowing the Association the funding it needs to successfully advocate on behalf of graduate students and engage in service provision.


The Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association is governed by the GSA Council, consisting of an Executive Committee of four graduate students and Student Council. Each year, the GSA holds official elections for Executive positions and Council positions.

The GSA Council is the governing body of AUGSA, and guides the Association in terms of policy-making and general operations. There is one Council Member representative from each Athabasca graduate program. The Executive Committee represents the whole of AU Graduate Students, and students can be elected to Executive roles from any graduate program. In addition to the GSA Executive and Council, AUGSA has one full time employee who supports elected GSA students in carrying out the Association mandate.

Monthly GSA Council meetings are open to the general public and AU students to observe. Please visit our newsletter to see when our next meeting will be held.

Want to get the full scoop on how the Athabasca University GSA is governed? Check out our Bylaws. Want to read about what happened at past AUGSA Council meetings? Click here.

Media Room

Interested in doing a story on Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association?

We are always excited to work with the media!

Contact our President, Lindsay McNena, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also contact our Executive Director, Ross Tyson, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking for story ideas?

Visit our Council Minutes section for information on the latest happenings at AUGSA!