London Region U3A
This is the site of the London Region of the University of the Third Age (U3A). We have 33 autonomous U3As in the Region. The U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun.
This site is useful for seeing events happening across London. We highlight some events and Shared Learning Projects on our own website as well but this gives you a fuller picture of what is available
Kingston U3A Records Archive
There is a small but growing collection of Kingston U3A archival material. This material has now been deposited at the Kingston Local History Room and may be consulted by anyone who is interested, during the hours that it is open to the public, on production of a valid Kingston U3A membership card. Please click on the link to find out more information about the History Room.
Current Archive Collection – Listing
The Catalogue is listed in two file versions as some members have had problems seeing the excel version.
Please email Jacqui Humphreys for more information or if you think you have any suitable material to add to the collection.
Nomination form to stand for Kingston U3A Committee
Kingston Constitution Update 2021
Kingston U3A Data Protection Policy
Principles of the U3A Movement
Terms and Conditions of Membership
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.
Incident Report Form – for U3A related activity were an insurance claim might be incurred.
Shared Learning Projects – Explanation !
If you are interested in research and want to work with other people on topics that interest you, then a Shared Learning Project could be the thing for you.
These Projects are agreed with an organization or institute (such as a museum, art gallery, library, stately home or charity) and focus on activity that will be stimulating to the participants and of benefit to the institution involved. Projects may also be set up by U3As together to explore a local theme or topic.
Since they started 12 years ago, London Region members have participated in over 50 projects in partnership with a variety of organizations from the British Film Institute to the Foundling Museum. Subjects have included nursing, family and social history, education, archeology, natural history and historic buildings. A list indicating range of projects undertaken can be found on the U3A national website. Research subjects have included social and local history, archaeology, natural history, music and literature. There have also been some evaluation projects. A list indicating the range of projects undertaken can be found on the U3A national website
The projects last for twelve weeks and a group of twelve or so people are recruited from U3As across London to work together. Members of the team carry out agreed research individually or in pairs and meet fortnightly to share their work. There is usually a presentation at the end and the outcome of the work is written up as a report or leaflet or sometimes the material is placed on a website.
See link for more details