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Welcome to our U3A website

If you are a new visitor to this site you are very welcome to browse the website to see the group activities, monthly speaker meetings and outings that are organised for our members. If you wish to join our branch of the U3A then click the "Join the U3A" link on the left of the screen and provide the details requested, our membership secretary will contact you in due course.

If you are a member and new to this site you will have been sent your membership number together with a password that you can use to log in to the members facilities within the website. We advise that once you have logged in on this first occasion you should change your password to something memorable to you.

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The U3A Movement

The original concept of Universities of the Third Age (U3A) started in Toulouse, France in 1972. There are now U3As all over the world. U3As are not associated with universities in the normal educational system. 'University' is used in the sense of a group of persons devoted to mutual learning, with no distinction between 'teacher' and 'taught'.

The U3A in the UK started by the creation of the 'Third Age Trust' in 1982. The Trust represents all U3As in the UK at a national and international level. It is run by a National Executive Committee democratically elected from the membership and offers a range of services to support and advise local U3As. The objectives of the Third Age Trust are the "advancement of education, and in particular the education of middle aged and older people who are not in full time gainful employment." U3As also include group leisure activities. No payment is made to members for their services.

In 2017 the number of U3As in the UK reached 1000 and the number is increasing all the time. Individual U3As such are democratic, self-funding, organisations within their constitution and as members of the Third Age Trust. They work on the principle of self-help learning, enabling retired and semi-retired people to take part in educational and leisure activities. Members are encouraged to share their knowledge and skills. 

U3As collaborate with institutions such as museums, galleries, universities and libraries, in learning partnerships in which both U3As and the institutions themselves may benefit through research and advancement of knowledge.


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Speakers at General Meetings
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Posted by Mary Gunn on 26th April 2018