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Jan 17

Research Project -University of Westminster-Audio Resources

Research project: Developing enjoyable audio resources for museums and galleries

Researchers at the University of Westminster, in collaboration with the Museum of London, are looking for participants to take part in a two-part study. They are looking at experiences of recorded audio for a series of photos taken from the collections of the Museum of London.  They are interested in all perspectives – whether you visit museums often or never; whether or not you frequently use audio facilities in museums.  Your participation will contribute to the development of our understanding about what makes successful audio resources, and about their potential for use more widely across the museum sector.

What you will need to do

You will be shown eight photographs on a laptop screen and asked to listen to the audio through headphones. Afterwards, you will be asked questions about your thoughts and experience. This should take about an hour.  One month later, we will ask you to complete a follow-up questionnaire to fill in at home, again asking about your thoughts and experiences. It should take you about 20 minutes to complete.  We will offer you a £15 Amazon voucher upon completion to thank you for your participation.

Where and when?

The first part of the study will take place at the University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London, W1W 6UW (nearest Tube station is Goodge Street). The questionnaire will be emailed to you. We have dates available to reserve now.

Further information and registration

Please contact Rachel Hutchinson via email at or call her on 07816 244469.


Third Age Trust – National U3A  Body  – Research Participation Advice

We are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members.  Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you and we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way.  U3A has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate.  If you choose to take part in any study, you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity (and not as member of U3A).  You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects.  You should also ensure that you will be insured as part of the study.

Jan 15

March 11th U3A at the Royal Institution


Join U3A members and explore science through a variety of fascinating talks.


1.15pm Audience arrives

1.45pm Introduction by Martin Davies, Public Programme Manager, Royal Institution.
Jo Ruxton: A Plastic Ocean – Behind the Scenes

Producer Jo Ruxton will talk about her eight year journey to make the multi-award-winning documentary feature, ‘A Plastic Ocean’. She will show clips from the film including unseen footage, talk about the lessons she learned as the storyline continued to change and evolve and why she never gave up even when there was no funding in sight to continue production and finish the film. Filming took place in 22 locations around the world and shows how the scourge of our plastic waste is affecting communities as well as every living creature in the ocean. It ends with a message that is impossible to ignore and shows the many solutions that can turn the tide on this problem and restore the balance.

2.20pm Question and answer session (15 minutes)

2.35pm Andrew Pontzen: What made our Universe

Our Universe is an astonishingly large and rich place. But how did it begin, and why has it ended up looking as it does? In this talk UCL’s Andrew Pontzen will explore how human ingenuity has been able to rewind time and uncover the origins of the cosmos.

3.10pm Question and answer session (15 minutes)

3.25pm Tea and coffee (30 minutes)

3.55pm Jennifer Rogers: Living is a risky business

Real life involves risks, whether it’s cycling without a helmet, travelling to a country with contagious diseases, or living in a house next to a river. Sometimes your perception of risk is distorted, making you think some things are more – or less – risky than is actually the case. How statistically significant are the risks that we see? What do the numbers mean? And what are own personal relationships with risk? Jen Rogers delves into the numbers to show you how statistics can help you to make better decisions about risky activities.

4.30pm Question and answer session (15 minutes)

4.45pm Thanks & Close of meeting

Date And Time

Mon 11 March 2019

13:30 – 17:00 GMT

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Jan 15

Royal Holloway Citizens 800 SLP Research Days

As part of Citizens 800 project, Royal Holloway have arranged a series of Research Retreat Days.


Jan 10

March 21st National Gallery U3A Art Day

Satire to Sublime: British Art from Hogarth to Turner
Thursday 21st March 2019

Find out how eighteenth and early nineteenth-century painters grappled with the rapid changes of life in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain.

Listen to National Gallery experts on Hogarth’s satirical look at British life, Wright of Derby’s provocations around scientific ethics and Turner’s confrontations with modernity and progress and learn about key developments in British painting c.1745-1845, focussing on portraits, landscapes and scenes of everyday life in the National Gallery’s collection.

Dec 29

4th Feb Monday – Third Age Trust: Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts and Book Art

  1. A day at the British Library hearing from experts about the sophisticated art found in manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. The talks will explore the interconnected cultural world of illuminated manuscripts from Britain, Ireland and continental Europe.

    Date: Monday, 4 February
    Time: 10.30am-4pm
    Place: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB Cost: £24
    Further information and tickets: please see the Eventbrite website. *