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
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
For details of U3A Chess by email, click here
U3A Online Learning Events
The national website lists a wide selection of Learning Events that are available to members. Many are being delivered via the Zoom video conferencing/webinar platform and there are some ‘How to Guides’ and ‘Online Tutorials’ to help you use Zoom if you are not familiar with this tool.
Some topics for February 2021 include:
- A Taste of Japan
- Maths Activities and Games
- Wellbeing in Nature
For more information, go to the website at https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events
North West U3A
For a link to the North West U3A website, click here.
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.
National Summer Schools 2020
Monday 3rd August to Thursday 6th August 2020
Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET
Monday 7th September to Thursday 10th September 2020
Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, GL7 6JS
More information will be available at the end of January.
2020 Subject Summer Schools
Science Network – Conference Aston, Birmingham.
Monday 10th August to Thursday 13th August 2020. See the Science Network website
Join the Science Network mailing list for updates.
North West Summer School 2020
This will be held again at Newton Rigg Agricultural College, near Penrith. Please note, this year it will run from Monday 24th August to Thursday 27th August, to avoid travel close to the bank holiday weekend.
The nine courses on offer are:
- Archaeology: ‘Exploring the archaeology of the borders’
- Art: ‘Memories of Childhood’
- Art Appreciation: ‘Iconic Artists’
- Geology: ‘Lakeland Ice and Fire’
- History: ‘Wars of the Roses, England from 1450 to 1485’
- Music Appreciation: ‘Making Friends with the Great Composers’
- Philosophy: ‘Literature: North-North-West’
- Ukulele: ‘A course at intermediary level’
- Science: ‘Famous scientists and their stories’
Full details of the summer school and booking arrangements are now available on the regional website www.u3asites.org.uk/north-west
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 AGM, 2019” video
For a video on “The Third Age Trust AGM, 2019” see below. This video is available by permission of the national U3A for whom it was prepared.