The SOGS Graduate Students Issues Committee (GSIC) is a standing committee comprised of your peers who are dedicated to identifying and working on issues affecting graduate students at Western University. GSIC focuses on improving #GradLifeWesternU by collecting data through its annual survey and addressing various issues identified and prioritized by graduate students. 

➡️  Fill out our 2020-21 Graduate Student Issues Survey HERE before December 15, 2020 and be entered to win 1 of 3 $50 grocery store gift cards.

By completing our survey, SOGS will be able to better implement programming, funding, professional opportunities, and more, based on gaps in services and support identified by this survey. In order to better advocate for graduate students on- and off- campus, we need to hear from you!

NOTE: The information from this survey is anonymous; however, if you want to be entered to win 1 of 3 $50 grocery store gift cards, we require the disclosure of your email address. 


Past Surveys

The SOGS Sustainability Committee wants to hear from you! If you are concerned about our current climate crisis and have feedback regarding environmental sustainability practices at SOGS and on campus, please fill out our brief Climate Change and Sustainability survey here. The survey takes approximately 7-minutes to complete and is anonymous. The data collected from the survey will be used to better understand graduate student perceptions of climate change and environmental sustainability, and will help us make data-driven institutional changes at SOGS and on campus. 

Survey quick link:

Attention Western graduate students, SOGS wants to hear from YOU about your experiences so far during COVID-19! Please fill out this quick survey to help SOGS advocate for and best serve you heading into the Fall 2020 term. The survey will be live from July 6th to July 12th at 4pm EST. Stay well everyone!

Past Surveys

SOGS has overseen a number of surveys in order to enhance the overall graduate student life at Western University.

Campus Recreation (Gym)

  • 2016 Campus Recreation Grad Student Usage Survey : primary concerns included graduate student usage of the gym and to determine what services graduate students wanted more/exclusive access to moving forward .
  • Results and Graphs
  • Conclusion: Many graduate students access the gym, and fairly consistently; majority expressed interest in graduate-specific programming; desire for strengthened partnership between Campus Recreation and SOGS to better promote these services.

Graduate Student Issues

  • 2017-2018 Graduate Student Issues Committee Survey: primary concern was graduate student parking & supervisor issues.
  • Survey results
  • Conclusion:
    • Parking on campus is a headache for all students and visitors. For graduate students who commute, work off campus or have to drive children/family members, a lack of available parking spots is problematic. Main campus parking problem for graduate students: Western oversells its parking lot spots, which means spots are not guaranteed.
    • At Western the “student-supervisor relationship” is not well-defined, which means that this relationship varies across campus. Factors of this relationship: A supervisor’s style of mentorship and the student’s willingness to work under that framework. SGPS has a “license” system that limits how many students a professor can mentor, based on tracking: 1) how many of those students graduated on time and 2) how many complaints a faculty member receives from their students.







Grad Club: 

Health Plan

  • 2014-2015 Health Plan Committee (HPC) Survey (285 respondents)
    • Executive Summary
    • Primary Concerns: more coverage for dental and vision; more visibility/communication about the Plan
  • 2017-2018 Health Plan Committee (HPC) Survey (556 respondents)
    • Primary concerns: 45.7% stated they wished to increase the cost of the Plan to increase the level of coverage; 29.7% reported they did not know they had mental health coverage as part of the Plan; dental, vision, and mental health identified as largest priority to students.

International Graduate Student Issues