What is the U3A?
U3A stands for University of the Third Age.
Unlike traditional universities you do not need entry qualifications and are not required to take exams. Similarly, none are awarded, you just need enthusiasm and an enjoyment for lifelong learning - and that learning doesn't just refer to traditional subjects. It can be related to a skill, a craft, leisure and even social activities. We learn from others with others.
The varied study and interest groups are run by the members for the members in their third age, sharing skills and understanding.
The Third Age?
The Three ages are defined as:
First age - childhood dependents and education
Second age - employment and / parental responsibility
Third age - no longer in full time employment / or have no parental responsibility
There is no age limit to join, but activities are aimed at the 'third agers' who are retired or semi-retired.