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.

A summary of the discussions at the 'Women - their changing roles and status' study day can be viewed here

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. We will highlight some of these on the National Event page here.  For full details of all National events click 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.

First Aid course 

Tu3a is now able to offer the following course for up to 12 people. All participants must be able to kneel down, and be prepared to be placed into a recovery position, as this will be a practical session. The course will be held at the Riverside Suite in the Angel Centre. The session would be for 2 hours and our instructor, Mary Matson, who is prepared to give up her time for this great cause, will try to cover as much of this list as the participants’ questions will allow: Primary survey (what to do with someone who is unconscious); Recovery CPR and using an AED (defibrillator); Heart attack; Stroke; Bleeding and Shock. A date has yet to be confirmed. If you are interested contact If more than 12 people apply they will be placed on a reserve list. 

Free Online Event

Friday, 12 July, 2 - 3pm

The Harlem Renaissance 2

Join Irene Kyffin, London u3a, for the second in the series of talks on the Harlem Renaissance movement

The Harlem Renaissance was a movement that included poetry, novels, essays, theatre, visual art, dance and music. Artists focused on themes such as the influence of slavery, Black identity, community and the everyday experience of Black people. Art of the Harlem Renaissance includes photography, paintings and sculptures that express their culture. This second talk takes us to visual art and various writings that form the body of the work and embody the experience of black people in the United States of the first quarter of the the 20th century.

To register click here: 

Free Online Event

Monday, 15 July, 10 - 11am

Exploring World Faiths: Forgiveness

Global Forgiveness Day occurs on 7 July. In this webinar, we will explore what different faiths say about forgiveness and how this is interpreted in situations where people have been wronged or exploited either collectively or individually.

We plan to explore the topic from a Baha’i, Jewish and Sikh perspective.

The u3a movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its u3as, 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!

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Free Online Event

Tuesday, 16 July, 2 - 3pm

Boost your digital confidence: how to overcome your mobile or tablet issues

Learn more from AbilityNet’s expert trainer about some simple tips and tricks to use when things go wrong with your device.

The digital world is a taken-for-granted part of everyday life but what do you do when something goes wrong? Don’t panic! It’s unlikely that anything is beyond repair and that’s where this session can help. Our expert trainer will discuss some simple tips and tricks for how to deal with these hiccups and what to do when things go wrong with your device, whether that’s a mobile or a tablet.

The session is designed to make you feel more comfortable and confident in the digital world. With a mixture of practical exercises, tips and tricks and stories from a lifetime in tech, our expert trainer will show you how to get the best out of your device and how you can become an expert at using your device, no matter what your experience, current skill level and confidence.

What you'll learn:

· Discover how to avoid problems when using your device

· Learn what to do if you can't avoid problems

· Uncover some unusual ways to use your device that you may not have considered

To register click here: 

Free Online Event

Thursday, 25 July 2 - 3pm

Numbers with Shapes with Dr Knott

Join Dr Ron Knott for a talk about square, triangular and oblong shapes of numbers and how geometry provides proof

We call some numbers square numbers because they can be arranged into a square shape.

Here we look at other polygons of dots such as triangles, pentagon and so on - the polygonal numbers. Such polygons are flat and two-dimensional but we can extend the idea to three and even to higher dimensions or to other falt shapes that are not regular polygons, such as rectangles or star shapes and these are called figurate numbers.

They have been an object of interest for mathematicians since the time of the Ancient Greek mathematicians such as Pythagoras around 500BC and Hypsicles circa 150BC and later Diophantus around 250AD and on to mathematical giants such as Fermat (1601-1665) and Euler (1707-1783).

They still provide an excellent vehicle for spotting intriguing number patterns, proof using algebra at school lever as well as "proofs without words"..

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

These events are for u3a members only.

Not a member? Find out more and join here