Study Days & Short Courses

Study Days

Study Days provide all members with the opportunity to study a topic thought to be of general interest. In the past days have been arranged on Climate Change, Gardening for Wildlife and many other interesting topics.

Further study days will be listed below when they are arranged.

Short Courses

Many short courses are arranged by the u3a Trust, their relationship with leading organisations, built up over many years, has meant they are in a position to offer selected national events online ensuring that learning is still available to our u3as and their members. This includes events with the National Gallery, Royal Institution, Guildhall Art Gallery, and the British Library (for which there may be a charge).


They are also offering a number of workshops, webinars and interactive sessions delivered by members for members, which are free to join. Full details here.

Many online events are being delivered via the Zoom video conferencing/webinar platform. They have some ‘How to Guides‘ and are offering ‘Online Tutorials‘ for using Zoom that may assist you if you are not familiar with this tool.

Free Online Event

Mindfulness and Meditation - Autumn Series

Starting Tuesday 4 October 10:00 am – Tuesday 8 November

Each week we will explore a new theme: Take Notice, Connect, Be Active, Give, Keep Learning, and finally, the Full Monty.

There is much talk about mindfulness these days. But what does it mean? How can it help us enhance our lives, and what is its relevance to ageing?

In this series, Dr John Darwin, Mike Pupius, Ruth Lees and members of the Sheffield u3a Mindful Ageing Group will introduce mindfulness and meditation, using ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ as a basis. They will explore these questions and suggest ways in which you can practice mindfulness as an aid to ageing well. Every session will be practical!

Free Online Event

Yiddish Theatre - Marc Chagall

Friday 21 October 2022, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Join Irene Kyffin, London u3a, for this talk exploring the involvement of Marc Chagall in experimental theatre.

Marc Chagall was amongst some of the greatest artists and activists of experimental theatre of the 19th-20th Centuries. He devised murals for an auditorium, giving it the name ‘Chagall’s Box’ and designed sets and costumes that expressed the colourful nature of an oppressed people. He gave us the inspiration for Fiddler on the Roof.


Free online event

Exploring World Faiths - Diwali - Festival of Light

Monday 24 October 2022, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

We hear from two speakers about the significance of Diwali in different faiths

What do we mean by Light, and why is this so important to some of the faiths originating in the Indian Subcontinent?

Arvinder Jain from the Jain faith and Anjana Shelat, a Hindu will explore the significance in their faiths.

We will also explore the importance of Bandichor to people of the Sikh faith.

Free online event

Secrets of the Human Brain

Monday 31 October 2022, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

An interactive talk explaining some of the amazing facts about the human brain by Dr Bob Pullen

About the Interactive Talk:

Part 1: This simply describes the structure of the brain, how nerves work and how different parts of the brain do different things.

Part 2: This part is interactive and it allows the audience to test how left or right handed they are. He also gets the audience to use their own brains to see things that are not really there and he also explains how men and women’s brains are different.


Register to attend free online events organised by the Third Age Trust on the National u3a site