General Interest Items

On this page and under Links on the right you will find items that are not necessarily related to U3A activities but may inform, offer help or otherwise be of interest to members.

Harrogate District over 50s Forum

The Forum is a regular meeting for older people to have a say about the things that matter to them. The Forum offers a chance to find out about different services available to older people and to help influence the way these services are delivered. It is also a good opportunity to meet people and enjoy a social gathering.


Refresher for Older Drivers

Drivers over 50 can take a free one-hour refresher with an approved driving instructor, who will offer driving tips and advice on any concerns you may have.

Call Marie Brown on 01609 798120 or email 95alive.

You can also request a free older driver information pack, which includes a copy of the Highway Code and a DVD showing how the refresher drive works.



'Future Learn' Free Online Courses

For free online courses from UK and International Universities check out Future Learn Free Online Courses web site.


Open University OpenLearn Free Online Courses

A large number of courses are offered by the Open University's OpenLearn project. The courses are for varied duration and registration is required. See Open Learn web site here Open University.


MOOCs Massive Open Online Courses

MOOCs offer university-level courses without the need to complete an entire programme of studies, and are becoming increasingly popular.
• They offer a large number of students the opportunity to study high quality courses online with prestigious universities, often at no cost.
• They are ideal for independent study and users can select courses from any institution offering them.
• MOOCs do not always lead to formal qualifications. There are no entry requirements.
• Video-based, they offer interaction either through peer review and group collaboration or automated feedback through objective, online assessments (including quizzes and exams).



TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a set of talks offered by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan "Ideas Worth Spreading". It includes talks on many scientific, cultural and academic topics.
The talks are offered for free viewing online

Literature Network The Literature Network
Offering searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast. To find the work you're looking for start by looking through the author index. We currently have over 3500 full books and over 4400 short stories and poems by over 260 authors. Our quotations database has over 8500 quotes, and our quiz system features over 340 quizzes.