About the U3A

    The University of the Third Age is a learning co-operative of older people. They pursue an amazing range of topics - some purely academic, others recreational. Activities are organised mainly in small groups that meet regularly. Members, through sharing their knowledge, skills and experience, learn from each other.

    All local U3As are autonomous but are members of The Third Age Trust. The Trust is a national, umbrella body (a Registered Charity and Limited Company) that represents all U3As at a national and international level. There are over 1000 U3As in the UK involving over 400,000 members, with more joining all the time. 

    The Aims of the U3A are:

    To encourage and enable people who have retired or are not in full-time employment to help each other to share their knowledge, skills, interests and experience.

    To make U3As accessible to all eligible people.

    To encourage the establishment of U3As in every part of the country where conditions are suitable and to support and collaborate with them.