National & 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



Virtual U3A

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 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.”

Legal Advice

 The U3A offers a free, 24 hour Legal Advice service for members on any legal issues. Simply telephone 01455 251 500 and quote: Name: The Third Age Trust, Number: 70494



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 or telephone 0208 315 0199#



For details of U3A Chess by email, click here



For a link to the North West U3A website, click on NORTH WEST REGION WEBSITE.   For the latest NW U3A Newsletter, click on NW U3A 



U3A Science Network 2018 Annual Meeting -
Advance Notice

Following the successful meeting in 2017 we are pleased to announce that the U3A science network will meet up again in 2018.
The 2018 U3A Science network annual meeting will again be held at Nottingham University Jubilee Campus from Monday 6th August to Thursday 9th August 2018.
There will be visits on the Wednesday afternoon to choose from.

For further details click here



U3A 2018 National Summer Schools

In the past several of our members have attended U3A summer schools and have given favourable reports about them.  Here is some information regarding the 2018 Summer Schools:

Booking opens on 16th February 2018

To book please visit or call the National Office on 020 8466 6139

Cost:      Residential Place             £325.00                 Day Delegate     £110.00

Summer School 1 – Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire – Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th July 

Topics available include:

Crosswords                                        Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners

France                                                  Regards sur la France actuelle

Garden History                                 Influential Women Gardeners in English History

Literature/Philosophy                   Brothers in Arms – William & Henry James

Mathematics                                     The Unexpected Pleasures of Counting

Opera                                                   Shakespeare’s Opera Giants – Othello and Falstaff

Play Ukulele

Recorder Ensemble Playing        Making Music

Spanish History                                 From Moors to Conquistadors: Spain 711 to 1598


Sumer School 2 – Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester – Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th September

Topics available include:

Art History                                          British Art between the Wars

Music                                                    Classic albums of the 50s and 60s

Creative Writing                              Let’s write a Soap Opera

Drama                                                   Vengeance, Plague, Death, Confusion

English Poetry                                   English Love Poetry

History                                                 The French Revolution of 1789-95

Linguistics                                           Conversation Theory

Language                                             Latin remembered

Musicals                                              Make believe

Singing                                                 Singing for Pleasure


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


 ”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.