University of the Third Age



Plymouth U3A
Registered Charity No. 1094085

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Plymouth U3A (University of the Third Age) is not a Seat of Learning in the accepted sense, but is a meeting place for people who are retired or no - longer in full time employment.

It brings together people who want to share their varying interests by way of joining or starting subject groups ranging from Antiques and Collectables through Bridge, Craft, History, Languages, Music,  Tai Chi and Walking, to name but a few.

There are no exams or tests to take, all that is required is a willingness to meet other people, make new friends and enjoy yourself.
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News & Events

Plymouth University Partnership with Plymouth U3A:  
Keep an eye on either the Secretary's table at General Meetings or visit to view the Plymouth University Events Calendar for the huge variety of events and activities to which you are welcome. Special notices are also sent out via our 
Jisc email system to members with email addresses.

Recent highlights have included the June Post Graduate Society Conference.  There'll be another in the autumn - they are a real treat covering a very wide range of topics, with each winning student only allowed 5 minutes to convey to a non  specialist audience the essence of his or her topic.

Our U3A has also taken part in the English course work for foreign students at the Business School, which has been most enjoyable and successful.
Don't forget that you can have excellent eye care at the new Eyecare Centre of Excellence in Gibbon Street.
The Languages Cafe is always eager to receive people eager to practise their French, Spanish or other languages or to help people with their English, and it will resume in October.
Watch out for the Science and Technology Showcase on the Hoe - not to be missed in September.
The Geology lunchtime talks will also be starting again in the new term. These are often fascinating and easy to understand.
The world's your oyster right here in Plymouth - enjoy it!!

The Partnership is flourishing, opening up more mutually beneficial opportunities almost by the day. We hope you’ve enjoyed the various events on campus and in the Hoe marquee, taking part in research activities with academic staff and students, and also Peninsula Arts events, now available to you at the same discounted rate as for University Staff (Individual £42 against £60, Double £54 against £90). Friends have free entrance to films and talks, invitations to Exhibitions, Private Views and Friends' events and concessionary rates for concerts and performances. Join at the Box Office in the Roland Levinsky Building with your U3A Membership Card.

One of the best ways to find out what’s happening on campus is to visit and follow the simple registration process to book in for the  events that are of interest to you.
Plymouth U3A member, Barbie Thompson, runs the Shared Learning Group, and has given several lectures around the country and has recently visited  America to give more lectures over there.  You can see more of what Barbie has been doing locally by following these links: Link 1.  Link 2.
 A monthly meeting is held in central Plymouth, with many interesting speakers and the chance to meet friends and find out more about group activities and trips. The venue for most of the General Meetings is the Salvation Army Hall, Armada Way.  Meetings start at 11.00am, with tea and coffee served from 10.30am.
The next series of talks are:-
September 8th       Janet Cowlard  The Mystery of the Royal Letters
October     13th      Diane Lawer The Lighterside of WW1
November   10th    Peter Lavis    The Gardeners of Heligan WW1
December    8th     David Scott    Wild Life Artist and Photographer
January 12th         John Keohane     His time as a Beefeater at the Tower of London 
Group Leader and New Member's Meetings.
Group Leaders Meeting. To be Arranged.
New Member's Meeting.  Monday 29th. September.  10.30am to 12.30pm.  In the upstairs room, Salvation Army.  
This is a drop-in session which gives new members the opportunity to talk to Group Leaders on an individual basis.