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DC 009/4/3


G.S.A. Students' Association weekly publication 'SPANK'


  • Sep 1985-Feb 1991 (Creation)

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Collection of year long editions of GSA Students Association newsletter 'SPANK', mostly from 1985-1986, with some later issues dating from 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1991. A large quantity have neither issue no. nor exact date of publication. Organised chronologically.

Collection includes:

  • SPANK, issue no.1, [18] Sep 1985 (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no.2, [25] Sep 1985 (including sheet summary of minutes from the last SRC meeting, 18 September 1985) (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no. 3 , [02] Oct 1985 (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no. [5] , [16] Oct 1986 (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no.6, [30] Oct 1985 (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no..[7], [06] Nov 1985 (3 copies)
  • SPANK, issue no.8, [13] Nov 1985 (3 copies)
  • SPANK, issue no.9, 20 Nov 1985 (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no.75, [15] Jan 1986 (3 copies)
  • SPANK, issue no. [ ] , [29] Jan 1986 (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no. [ ] , [05] Feb 1986 (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no. [ ] , [09] April 1986 (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no. [ ] , May 1986 (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no. [ ] , May 1986 (3 copies)
  • SPANK, issue no. [ ] , 15 Oct 1986 (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no. [ ] , March 1987 (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no. [ ] , May 1987 (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no. [ ] , Feb 1988 (1 copy)
  • SPANK, issue no. [ ] , Oct 1990 (1 copy)
  • SPANK 10, Feb 1991 (1 copy)

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This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.


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(fl 20th century-21st century)

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The student representative system is run in partnership with the GSA Learning and Teaching Team and the GSA Students’ Association (GSASA). The GSASA is an independent body that represents student interests, runs events and opportunities, and provides advice and advocacy. GSASA is committed to widening access to education and the arts, and is committed to offering opportunities for the personal and professional development of its student members during their time at GSA.

The GSASA is a registered Scottish charity and is overseen by a Board of Trustees. Each year, it receives a block grant from the GSA that goes into supporting student societies, exhibitions, projects, student-run events and the activities of the Student Representative Council (SRC).

The SRC is the independent representative body of students at the GSA - they can run campaigns and support student initiatives in GSASA and GSA. The SRC is elected through the class rep systems and at meetings of members such as the Annual General Meeting. The SRC is made up of a Campaigns Committee, Funding Committee and Societies Committee. These committees are chaired by the Student President and Vice President and supported by the wider team at the Students’ Association.

The Student President works with GSA and the Students’ Association for the benefit of students across the School. They influence learning and teaching strategy and student welfare matters, develop the class and lead rep programmes and campaign for issues that matter to students.

The Vice President responds to emerging needs and issues raised by the student body through the programming of social, learning and professional practice events and projects. They work with students to develop student-led extra-curricular initiatives, lead on Degree Show celebrations, and help support and develop student societies.

The Academic Engagement Coordinator supports student voice activities, such as the election and training of student representatives, and helps students to be partners in the quality of their learning experience. They are there for students to speak to about becoming a rep, running for a sabbatical officer position, or volunteering for the Students' Representative Council. They are also the main contact for students needing to make appeals, complaints, or who are facing disciplinary procedures.

The Community & Societies Engagement Coordinator focuses on supporting and developing student societies, groups and sports. Students should speak to them about setting up a society, society funding, boosting engagement with your society and exploring its structure, sports teams and activities, or events that work with the local community or develop student community.

The Digital & Communications Coordinator supports students and their representative groups to manage online spaces and communications at the GSASA. They can assist students in anything relating to the Association’s digital platforms including its newsletter, social media channels, website and Canvas pages.

The Chief Executive supports the governance of the GSASA, working collaboratively with its Board of Trustees and elected student Sabbatical Officers in operating Glasgow School of Art Student’s Association as an effective charitable organisation promoting the welfare and interests of all students of GSA. They provide management and support for the Association’s staff and facilitate use of the GSASA building in both commercial and student engagement activities.

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