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




On Twitter

The North West U3A has set up its first twitter account.  You can find them @NwU3a


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.”



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 


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, for further details about the variety of courses on offer.


U3A Science Network Annual Meeting
Monday 5 – Thursday 8 August 2019
Conference Aston, Aston University, Birmingham
Open to all U3A members

This year’s venue for the U3A Science Network meeting is Conference Aston at Aston University. The actual meeting will take place in the Conference centre but you have the choice of Student or Hotel accommodation. Student accommodation comprises single rooms with showers in groups of 5 or 7 linked to a communal area with refreshment facilities. Hotel rooms are either single with shower or double with bath. Full details are in the Application form on the website.We highlighted the U3A Science Network 2019 Meeting in the December National Newsletter and applications have started to arrive. This year there is a very varied programme of speakers, with some of whom you’ll be familiar because they’ve spoken at earlier meetings. Their topics however are not repeats of earlier talks, they are brand new.

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!

Best regards



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.