We are a group of "Universities of the Third
Age " (more commonly known as U3As) based in
To find out where we are, hover the mouse pointer over an
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eg. open days for general public and various
publications for sale
are now 1,000 U3As in Britain!
Higham and Rushden U3A held
an open event on 2nd November to celebrate their
1000th member - see the Events page
Brackley U3A held an 'Open
Morning' on Thursday 18th August - the Events Page has
a non-member's view of the event
Also on the events page there
is an article on OUNDLE
& DISTRICT ART APPRECIATION 4 - PICTURE
What are U3As?
The University of the Third Age is a self-help
organisation for people no longer in full time
employment. It provides educational, creative and
leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. The
individual U3As are run entirely by volunteers and draw
upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own
members to organise and provide interest groups. The
teachers learn and the learners teach in such fields as
art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy,
computing, crafts, photography and walking though not all
subjects are found in all U3As.
The U3A approach to learning is learning for
pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation
and there are no assessments or qualifications to be
gained. To learn more about the national and
individual U3As click on the links shown in the column to
the left or click on the video link at the bottom of this
There are now 1000 U3As (as of Summer 2016) with about
384,000 members including U3As in the Isle of Man and
Omagh District so there is bound to be one near you!
The Aims of the Northamptonshire Network
Enable U3As to work together to help them meet
their objectives (learning recreation and
companionship) - by cooperative activities usually
involving discussion and sharing of experiences.
Ensure U3As have the opportunities to propose and
vote for their representative on the National
Executive Committee (NEC) of the Third Age
Trust. It provides one means by which to
communicate with the NEC through the Trustee.
Enable and support the launch of new U3As.
Organise outings and joint events such as Study
days, exhibitions and competitions.
Help Interest Group Leaders share their knowledge
and expertise with other U3A groups with the same
Share information about special events,
excursions, holidays etc
Click on the picture to see a video
of U3A members