NATIONAL AND REGIONAL U3A
This section includes information on national and regional courses and news, together with the resource centre and other national U3A networks.
The U3A National Office details :
The Third Age Trust
The Old Municipal Buildings
19 East Street
Tel: 020 8466 6139
The North West U3A has set up its first twitter account. You can find them @NwU3a
We have received the following information on The Virtual U3A.: “The Virtual U3A (vU3a), which went live in January 2009, is an online-only U3A, affiliated to the Third Age Trust. One of its principal aims is to provide the U3A experience for those who are rendered isolated in some way by circumstances or geography and unable to play a full part in a terrestrial U3A. More information is available on the public website www.vu3a.org where one can also apply for membership. Why not pay it a visit? And if you know of anyone who might benefit, please pass the information on.”
The Resource Centre in the National Office in Bromley has a collection of non-book material available to all U3A groups to borrow free of charge except for the cost of return postage. There are slides, videos, cassettes, dvds and cd roms available in a wide range of subjects. Individual subject lists are available from the Resource Centre on request and the whole catalogue is available here on the web site with an ordering facility. Please note that you have to first register with the Resource Centre as a user either by telephoning between 9.30am and 3.30pm on either a TUESDAY or a THURSDAY, or online by going into the resource centre catalogue and clicking on ‘sign up’. Bookings can be made 9 months ahead and loans are for an initial period of 3 weeks. Over 75% of U3As are making regular use of the Resource Centre to support and enhance their study groups and if you would like more detail about a particular item do not hesitate to contact the Resource Centre by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0208 315 0199#
U3A NATIONAL CHESS BY EMAIL
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NORTH WEST U3A
Monthly national and regional Newsletters
You can sign up to receive these by email by going onto the national website and registering your email address.
U3A Summer School 2, Cirencester, 15th-18th August 2016
For a review of the summer school go to Review of Group Events, Visits and Outings
National Summer Schools 2019
The National Summer Schools are open for bookings. They will take place as follows:
12th – 15th August, Aston University, Birmingham
10th – 13th September, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.
You can have a look at the national website, www.u3a.org.uk for further details about the variety of courses on offer.
We are sharing details of the speakers with you but will not publish the final programme until June as we are hoping to have some input from University schools coupled with a short visit to the relevant research departments. This was very popular last year when we toured departments at the University of Nottingham so we really want to include a similar offering this year – at the moment we’re waiting for the university to get back to us. If you’ve watched the popular series about a nursery in a retirement village, Old peoples home for 4 year olds, you’ll find James Brown’s talk extremely interesting. You might also meet a robot or two making a challenge.
We’ll be publishing details of visits when we publish the Final Programme – keep reading the national newsletter for a link.
Do go to the Science Network website for more information and complete your application form!
U3A Science Network Organising Team
Regional summer school 2019
Newton Rigg Agricultural College
Tuesday August 27th to Friday 30th August
Booking arrangements and full details are now available on the website
Preparation for this event is now complete and full details and booking forms are available on the regional website Events page.
There are ten course, synopses are on the website.
Archaeology: ‘Bards, Bedes and Boneless Ivar’ – Britain between the Romans and the Vikings.
Art: Art Challenge.
Art Appreciation: Twenty Great Artists from the North West and the Lake District.
Etymology: Track words in their evolution for a better understanding of the English Language.
Geology: When Continents Collide.
History: Mussolini and Hitler – a comparison of two C20th dictatorships.
Music Appreciation: Around the World with Music.
Philosophy: Brothers in Arms – the work of Henry and William James.
Ukulele for beginners
Science: Homo Sapiens – how did we get to where we are now?
If you have any queries please contact Alan Hough
Mobile: 07544 359 125
“The Third Age Trust’s Conference and AGM, 2013″ video
For a video on “The Third Age Trust’s Conference and AGM, 2013″ see below. This video is available by permission of the national U3A for whom it was prepared.