The University of the Third Age began in France in 1972 and was adopted in the U.K. in 1981. The term “third age” means “no longer in full-time employment” and not a specific, numerical age. In the U.K. U3As are self-help endeavours, consisting of groups of people who come together to share their knowledge, skills and experience in an informal situation.

Membership of a U3A is open to all men and women without discrimination as to race, religion or politics and each U3A belongs to the national organisation, the Third Age Trust, which is run by a democratically elected committee of members.

There are now over 1000 U3As in Britain, with 54 in Scotland.


Our U3A, which is a charitable organisation, was founded in 1992 by one of our Honorary Members, Norman Tully, who had returned to live in Dundee after spending several years living in Australia, where he and his wife had been active members of a U3A.

At present we have over 600 members and offer approximately 50 classes which are run by voluntary Group Leaders. We have quite a range of subjects on offer, but like many other U3As we are always looking for people who would be willing to give up some of their free time to share their expertise and experience in any activity.

We are very fortunate in Dundee in that we are given free accommodation by the City Council in Community Centres around Dundee for our classes. Our membership year runs from 1st September to 31st August.

The cost to join Dundee U3A is £13.00 per year which includes membership of as many groups as you wish.