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.

Study Days by Local u3as

When we are aware of study days that local u3as have opened to our members they are listed here

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.

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

Online Event

Laughter Yoga 2023

8 February

Hosted by Judith Anne Walker of Edinburgh u3a

These sessions will take place on the second Wednesday of every month, from 10am-11am.

8 February, 8 March, 12 April, 24 May, *please note not second Wednesday*1 4 June at 10am.

Scientific research confirms that laughter is good for us and we should all be getting more of it – that it is indeed 'the best medicine'. We are told we need to get more joy into our lives, more friends and fun, and more laughter. The trouble is that many of us would like to laugh more but we don’t know where to start.

Laughter yoga offers an answer. It combines laughter exercises with deep yoga-style breathing (pranayama) - and anyone can take part. There are three myths about laughter that we need to be clear about:

This event is for u3a members only

Online Event

1 March 2023 10am - 11,30am

Climate Change - A Narrow Path Away From The Brink

Are we really at the brink of climate disaster? Why and how did we get here? What needs to change? How might change finally begin?

The talk (and discussion) covers it all: Are we really at the brink of climate disaster? Why and how did we get here? What needs to change? How might change finally begin? What role do you and I play in this? What challenges must be overcome?

Starting with powerful illustrations of the climate timeline, critical parameters and root causes, we'll look at highlights of how we got here against all odds. We'll have a fresh look at the surprising prevalence of ineffective responses, the role of economic dogma in all this, and why we shouldn't expect miracles from renewables or nuclear or hydrogen or CCS or gas. Then we'll end on the root of the problem of ineffective climate action: it seems we're doing great things but global emissions are still rising. Where lies the answer to all this?

This event is for u3a members only