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Plymouth University of the Third Age (U3A)

Plymouth U3A is a learning co-operative of mature people which enables members to share educational, creative and leisure activities. It is not a 'university' in the accepted sense, but is a meeting place for those who are no longer in full time employment and brings together people who want to share their varying interests by way of many different subject groups.

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Our Monthly Meeting

Our monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at the Holiday Inn at the Hoe end of Armada Way in Plymouth city centre.

It is convenient for the buses and underground parking is available on site at a special whole day rate on the day of the U3A meeting.

Meetings start from 10.45am with tea and coffee served from 10.00am.

After the meeting, you may like to enjoy a lovely lunch in the hotel restaurant over looking the Hoe, at a reduced rate.

Upcoming Meetings

9 November
Rebuilding Japan after the Tsunami, Caroline Pover

14 December
Janet Cowlard: Life and Times of JFK

11 January
Part 2 of Chris Shorrocks' Greenland Adventure

8 February
‘William Cookworthy: A Quaker, a polymath, a potter and a friend’ withTrish Hodge

14 March
The Boys with John Lowe

Latest Group News

Group Leaders Annual Meeting
The meeting will take place on Monday 30 November at the Holiday Inn, starting at 11:00, with a complimentary lunch afterwards.

A new group leader is required. The group members are very keen to carry on meeting and hoped to meet up in the new academic year.

City College Lunches
Lunches at the City College will resume on Thursday 15th October. If you wish to go by bus, you need to catch Plymouth Citybus 36 which leaves Derrys Cross at 11:35 and stops outside the City College in time for the start of lunch at 12:00

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University of Plymouth/U3A Partnership

Plymouth U3A enjoys a unique partnership with Plymouth University This partnership gives our members access to lectures and seminar series, ‘behind the scenes’ campus tours, facilities and many other special events including talks from academic experts and contemporary art exhibitions, performances, music and films. Other benefits include support for U3A members with use of new technology and social media, free eyecare with optometry students and library access.

The University promotes the benefits of U3A membership to its retiring staff and encourages new members to get involved. In turn our U3A members add value to both the student and staff experience at Plymouth, including:

  • supporting international students with their English language skills, through the languages café and inter-cultural exchanges
  • helping both home and international students who are new to Plymouth
  • receiving and critiquing student presentations
  • taking part in research projects, from dry eye research and statistical literacy, to perceptions of the legal system and investigating the effects of ageing
  • participating in activities designed to enhance student employability, including career mentoring

At Plymouth U3A we have a dedicated University liaison officer and specialist subject coordinators who unlock opportunities for members in areas such as the arts, health and well‐being, science and technology and languages. Regular communications with our members and steering group meetings ensure further development of this nationally-renowned, mutually beneficial partnership. To explore new opportunities with Plymouth University please contact our University Liaison Committee member Janet Vosper through the website contact form

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The University of the Third Age

Plymouth U3A is part of the University of the Third Age movement that provides-life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery! Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them. The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation, the Third Age Trust. There are currently over 360,000 members in 964 U3As across the UK.

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