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Feb 15

March 11th U3A at the Royal Institution

Description

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

Programme

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

Location

The Royal Institution of Great Britain

21 Albemarle Street

London

W1S 4BS

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

TICKETS

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/u3a-explores-science-at-the-ri-tickets-54642087956

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 r.hutchinson@my.westminster.ac.uk 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

Royal Holloway Citizens 800 SLP Research Days

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

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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.

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Nov 29

April 3rd Wed – South East U3A Forum (Kent, Surrey & Sussex U3A Networks) South East Forum Conference 2019

 

Open to members of all U3As in the South East Region
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Meridian Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT

8th December 2018

Dear Chairman and Members,

A South East Forum Conference will once again be held in 2019, bringing together U3As across the South East Region. It will be held in the Meridian Hall on Wednesday 3rd April with registration from 9.15am. This popular and valuable event gives members across our large region an opportunity to meet, exchange news and views, and hear of innovations and examples of good practice. Please would everyone bring one recent success story and one current challenge?

We are very pleased to welcome a number of speakers covering a range of interesting subjects. Our Regional Trustee, Bob Duckmanton, will highlight recent activities in the South East Region and discuss new ways of organising the links between our many U3As. We will then hear from our new National Chairman, Ian McCannah, on the challenges facing the Third Age Trust as it develops a new Three Year Plan. There are then speakers on communication and the world-wide U3A Movement. After lunch there will discussion groups on current topics of interest. This will be followed by presentations on active projects from several networks. We conclude with feedback of the various discussions and a chance to discuss the best structure for the Forum in future years.

We continue to have support from the Trust’s Regional Support Budget which helps us communicate with our U3A members, so that we are able to offer free attendance and a light buffet lunch. Attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is open to all members in the South East Region.

The Forum Committee currently comprises John Hubbard and Helen Turner from Kent, Ian Funnell, Alison Gaitonde, Sheila Hill and Doreen Raine from Surrey, Isabel Baker, Jill Collins, John Pheby and Chris Senior from Sussex, and Bob Duckmanton, Trustee for the South East Region. We welcome offers of help, especially in organising our conference and the Chichester summer school, and thank those already involved.

A booking form is attached together with a map of the venue location; please copy more booking forms if they are needed and remember that members and group leaders are very welcome as well as the stalwarts on the committee. Please book early and by Friday 29th March 2019; booking forms should be sent to Alison Gaitonde. Your U3A is again invited to contribute to the display of work from U3As across the region; see the attached form which should be sent to Jill Collins.

I look forward to meeting you and your members at the conference. Chris Senior
Acting Chairman of the South East U3A Forum – csenior@ukgateway.net

South East U3A Forum (Kent, Surrey & Sussex U3A Networks)

South East Forum Conference 2019

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Meridian Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Open to members of all U3As in the South East Region

Programme:

09.15 Registration: Join us for Coffee/Tea
10.00 Welcome & Introduction – Chris Senior, Acting Chairman of the Forum
10.05 Activities in the South East Region – Bob Duckmanton, Regional Trustee, will cover news and future

organisation of the region.
10.30 View from the Bridge – Ian McCannah, Chairman of the Third Age Trust, will give an overview of the

U3A movement; highlighting the Three Year Plan to achieve the Trust’s mission of supporting learning for

individuals and U3As, and raising the profile of and facilitating growth in the U3A movement. 11.20 Short Break

11.30 Successful Communications – Elizabeth Drury, National Office Communications Officer, will outline the importance of joined-up communications to raise the profile of U3As and discuss different platforms for U3As to maximise their communications.

12.00 The World-wide U3A Movement – Ian Funnell, former Trust representative on AIUTA, will talk about the various models adopted in different countries and the U3A Charter and present a video covering international conferences on China and Mauritius.

12.20 Lunch & Tea/Coffee Provided – View Exhibition of Work of Various U3As and Networks
13.20 Discussion Groups on sharing experiences – An opportunity for members to share experiences of promoting their U3As to the community, communicating with their members, and managing U3As through

committees responsible for interest groups, finance and communications. 14.20 Reports of interesting U3A and Network activities in the Region

Chichester Summer School 24th–27th June 2019 – Helen Turner will highlight this important event. Forum Workshops – Alison Gaitonde will describe the programme that ran for many years.
Sussex Myths, Legends and Spirit – Louisa Sewell will describe how various interest groups compiled fascinating results in a Shared Learning Project.

Surrey Network Exchange with Poznan U3A – Sally Baker will describe some of the highlights of our exchange group visits over the last six years.
Project 57 – David King and George Redgrave will talk on Membership and Ethnic Diversity in Crawley.

15.00 Feedback from Discussion Groups
15.15 Open Forum on the Future of the Forum
15.45 Close of Conference
The conference is free as the Regional Support Budget covers the costs. Please book by 29th March.
Applications will be on a first-come first-served basis. Please complete and send the slip to:
Alison Gaitonde, Flat 3, Pegasus Court, Bolters Lane, Banstead, Surrey SM7 2AR
For enquiries ring 01737 351782 or send an email to alisonmgaitonde@gmail.com …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

I wish to attend the South East U3A Forum Conference on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 Name…………………………………………………………….U3A ……………………………………………………………. …………… Address ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Phone ……………………………………Email ………………………………………………….. Veg/Gluten-free …………………….

South East U3A Forum (Kent, Surrey & Sussex U3A Networks)

South East Forum Conference 2019

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Meridian Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Open to members of all U3As in the South East Region

Show Us What You Do

As an additional attraction at the conference, there will be an exhibition of work done as part of U3A activities. We are looking for items which are likely to be of interest to those attending. These might include paintings, needlecraft, photographs, books, reports on studies, wood or metal craft, archaeology, geology etc., etc. What fascinating things do U3A members do in their groups? The exhibitions have been a significant feature at previous conferences.

Please give details about your proposed exhibit on the form below and return to: Jill Collins, 12 Brookway, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 0LL
For further information send an email to jillcollins@uwclub.net

There will be tables for display boards; please provide your own labels and descriptive information as in previous years. Items should be brought to the meeting on the day and set up in the lecture hall from 9.15am where members will be present at all times. The organising committee cannot accept responsibility for the items on display.

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Show Us What You Do

At the South East Forum Conference – Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Name ……………………………………………………… Name of Your U3A ……………………………………………………… Address ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Phone …………………………………………………….. Email ……………………………………………………………………….

Description of items:
Size:
Any comments about the items and their display?

South East U3A Forum (Kent, Surrey & Sussex U3A Networks)

How to reach the Meridian Hall
East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT

The Meridian Hall lies in the north-east sector of East Grinstead and the map below shows how to find your way there from the local major roads. There is plenty of free car parking adjacent to the hall. The hall has been carefully designed to integrate with the magnificent Grade II listed building, East Court Mansion, which is immediately adjacent. Great care has been taken to ensure sympathetic architectural design throughout, and the needs of users, including the disabled, have been taken fully into account. There is a sculpture with a meridian line on the terrace behind East Court Mansion from where there are fine views over the Sussex countryside. The hall holds 220 for lectures.

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