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U3A membership is open to people 50 and over. Most are no longer in full time employment but are enjoying the third age of their lives.

Principles of U3A

  • To provide affordable learning opportunities for older people, using the skills and abilities of the members themselves;
  • Those who learn shall teach and those who teach shall learn, and there shall be no distinction between the two;
  • There shall be no qualification for membership, and no awards, degrees and diplomas shall be given;
  • The emphasis shall be on learning for the love of it, and shall include an emphasis on the values of making things and improving skills of all kinds;
  • Learning shall take place in a friendly, supportive and social environment;
  • Those joining U3A shall pay for its upkeep;
  • There shall be no payment to any person (member or non-member) for teaching or providing a service to members except in the case of reimbursement for such expenses as travel, photocopying, etc.;
  • The curriculum of a U3A shall be determined by the needs/preferences of members and according to the resources available to it; and
  • To be at all times, non-political and non-sectarian in our approach.