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Research and Shared Learning Projects
These projects take many forms. Some are devised on a national or regional basis, and others are devised and run locally by the members themselves. They cover anything that stimulates the interest of those taking part.
Typically u3a groups partner with local organisations (e.g. museums, universities etc.) for a project: local history societies, arts groups, libraries, museums, town twinning committees and so on. The idea is for both organisations to get something useful out of the exercise. U3a members get the benefit of collaborating with people who will have some expertise and/or access to resources as well as learning something new. Partnered organisations get the benefit of having additional people on a project, or in the case of universities, students get the benefit of working with older people who may have different perspectives to themselves.
Bristol u3a currently doesn’t have any groups running Research or Shared Learning Projects. If you would like to know more there is a free online workshop for u3a members in the south-west. It will run on Thursday 29th July at 10.00 am. If you’d like to attend, send an email to Susan Parker giving your name, u3a (Bristol) and email address and a formal invitation will be sent out closer to the date.
Potential new interest groups
Here are some proposed new groups - further details can be found in recent newsletters or use the links below to email for more information.
Studying modern / 20th century architecture - contact Lynn Austin
Studying Ancient Greek Philosophy - contact Bea Hansen
A Russian Language Group and a new French for Beginners Group - contact Hilda Ball, the Language Groups Coordinator
A Longer Walks Group (8-10 miles, meeting mid-week) - contact Joan Gubbin
Watershed Film Group (weekly on Wednesdays to take advantage of their cheap meal deal) - contact Joan Gubbin - This group has now started and is looking for more members.
Barclays Digital Eagles
In partnership with The third Age Trust, the Digital Eagles team is delivering programmes designed to boost u3a members’ confidence online. Workshops include Internet Basics, Digital Safety, Entertainment Online and an Introduction to Digital wings. This link leads you to more information and how to book a place on a workshop.
South West Region Newsletter
The latest edition of the South West Region's bi-monthly newsletter is now available. The South West covers the counties/areas of Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands, so is the largest geographical Region in England. It consists of 133 u3as, some large, some very small. Most of them also come together to meet with other local u3as in one of 15 Networks where they can share ideas, help each other solve problems and organise joint activities.
Bristol u3a Newsletters
If you are a member you can download and read recent Newsletters here. If you have forgotten the username or password contact the Website Editor with your membership number.