London U3A Region

INFORMATION

LONDON REGION OF U3As

NON-RESIDENTIAL SUMMER SCHOOL

31st JULY to 2nd AUGUST 2018

See EVENTS page.

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LONDON REGION SUMMER SCHOOL, August 2017
Now available are photos taken by participants in Roger Mead's Stroll with the Camera event. Click on Photo stroll in Links on the right of this page.

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For reports from the London Region AGM, Nov 3, 2017 see the MEETINGS page.
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New Executive Committee 2017-2018, see the MEETINGS page (AGM Minutes) or the Links on the Welcome page.

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THIRD AGE TRUST: LONDON REGION TRUSTEE

(A message from our retiring Trustee, Ian McCannah)

NEW TRUSTEE

I am delighted to advise that the London Region Delegate Meeting last Friday confirmed John Bent (Barnet) as your new Regional Trustee from August 31.

John will make an excellent Trustee and I wish him all the best in his new role of representing London U3As on the Trust's National Executive Committee.

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THIRD AGE TRUST – ROLE OF REGIONAL TRUSTEES

The Third Age Trust structure has 9 Regions and three Countries – with varying degrees of geographical size, number of U3As and members. (The London Region is one of the smallest in both number of U3As (40) and geographical size – making all the branches relatively easily accessible)

Against this background, the role of each Regional Trustee (RT) will be unique. However, there are certain common factors - as listed below. RT's are assisted by Regional Volunteers and, in the case of London, Regional and Network Committees.

The specific activities of a RT, including their responsibilities as members of the Trust's National Executive Committee (NEC), are listed below, in no order of priority:-

1. Organise at least one, ideally two, Workshops a year for members of. the region.
2. Be responsible for managing the annual RT Budget.
3. Explain the role of the RT to the Regional Committee, Networks and all member U3As in the Region and ensure that they have all the necessary contact details.
4. Represent the Trust, and its views, to the Regional Committee, Networks and all member U3As whilst, at the same time, representing their views at the NEC level.
5. Report on the Region’s activities to the NEC.
6. Help create and support Networks in the Region and ensure that all U3As are aware of the choice of Networks available to them.
7. Be available to visit the Regional Committee, Networks and U3As, when requested.
8. Take overall responsibility for all new U3A development in the Region.
9. Provide assistance, as requested, to U3As experiencing difficulties.
10. Act as a spokesman for the U3A movement to outside agencies in the region.
11. Liaise with other organisations in the region involved with Third Agers, such as NIACE, Age UK. OU.
12. Help the Region to identify a successor.

Ian McCannah
(London Region Trustee (retiring August, 2017) ijmccannah@aol.com)
December 2016

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REGIONAL TRUSTEE'S QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER – June, 2017

This is the final Newsletter of the present Trustee, Ian McCannah, who retires as Trustee in August 2017.

Click on TRUSTEE'S JUNE NEWSLETTER in LINKS on this page.

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U3A NATIONAL NEWSLETTER

There is now a U3A national email Newsletter available online – free subscription for all U3A members.

To subscribe, click here: https://www.u3a.org.uk/email

Click on Your National Newsletter - December
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To read previous issues, click here: https://www.u3a.org.uk/about/newsletter

THE U3A TRUST HAS MOVED!

The National Office has moved from Bromley to the Borough / London Bridge area. Your Committee has received the full details. See the National U3A website www.u3a.org.uk

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U3A EXPERIENCES

The Trust recently appointed a Communications Officer, Liz Drury, to improve communications both within the U3A membership as well as with the media.

One of Liz's first objectives is to develop a "bank" of members stories that illustrate how joining the U3A has had a positive benefit on their lives. These will then be available, with the members permission, to provide to the media as and when they request examples of what it can mean to be a U3A member.

The stories could range from members participating in activities not normally associated with their age, through unusual Interest Groups, to members who have found that the U3A can counter loneliness, etc.

Liz is also looking for stories that focus on the experiences of new members joining existing U3As in London, as well as of those who have set up new ones in the last couple of years (Mill Hill, Upminster, HGS and Crouch End).

If you feel that you would like to contribute your U3A experience to this "bank" of stories, please contact Liz on elizabeth.drury@u3a.org.uk
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U3A NATIONAL RESEARCH DATABASE

The National Research Sub-committee has produced a database with the aim of recording any research that involves the U3A, whether that is done by the U3A itself, in partnership with an external organisation (as in some SLPs) or where U3A members are subjects in someone else’s research (e.g. projects by universities). External studies of the U3A are also included.

The database will generate knowledge by facilitating access to research results and other researchers, identify knowledge gaps and research opportunities, assist those engaged in or planning research and highlight the activities of the U3A.

Find the database at DATABASE in LINKS on this page. The U3A Research Database contains information on research projects (over 600 identified so far) that have been conducted by or involved U3A members. The database is easily searched by topic, region, type of research project, and where relevant the name of any partner organisation

It’s an ongoing task to assemble this material and we rely on members telling us about research that they remember or have taken part in. Check to see if your project has been included and if the details are complete and correct.

Ideally, we would like:
• a short description of the research
• the U3A(s) involved, including networks
• the external partner(s), if any
• the date of the research
• the name and contact details of the project leader (names and email addresses will not be visible to users).
• any outputs such as a book, report, database, CD/DVD, sound recording, website, presentation or exhibition and how to find them if they are still available.

Please send any information to the SLP Project Adviser for the London Region (Jo Walters) or to Jo Livingston (CONTACT)

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GETTING INVOLVED IN RESEARCH

The RESEARCH GUIDE booklet (click on RESEARCH GUIDE in LINKS on this page) has been written for U3A members who may be interested in getting involved in research, including those who feel they have no research experience. It can also be used as a resource by U3A Research Project Advisers to provide training and guidance.

Paper copies of the guide can be obtained free of charge from National Office.

In the London area, your Research Project Advisers are currently as follows and can be contacted about research via the Blue Bird, above right.
Jo Livingston
Catherine Ware
Ann Salvage

Shared Learning Projects are a particular type of U3A research. Please visit the SLP page of this website to read more about SLPs in London.
The SLP Adviser for the London Region is Jo Walters. Any enquiries should be directed to her via the main CONTACT page of this site.

Note: For further information about research in U3A please refer to the U3A National website. In the Members Area, click on the NEC icon, and then on the Research icon.

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U3A: OPINIONS OF THE OVER 50s ON HAVING CHILDREN

Are you interested in taking part in a brief survey about having children? This study is anonymous and confidential, and has ethical approval from University College London.

Although people talk about family size a lot, there is little research evidence about people's emotions around having children compared to not having children, and especially how much the choice not to have children is related to factors such as health, life stress etc. We also don't know how similar the opinions of men and women are on this subject.

Feelings about being a parent, or being childless. Although being a parent is a popular choice for many people, others prefer a life without children, and others find they are unable to have children. This survey is about people’s thoughts about being a parent, what makes people decide to be childless, and feelings around problems in having children. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. If you are aged 50 or over, we would like to hear your point of view on these issues. If you would like to participate in the survey, or for further information, please follow this link:
http://www.psytoolkit.org/cgi-bin/psy2.3.0/survey?s=dwWLz

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NEW U3As IN THE LONDON REGION

The MILL HILL branch has been inaugurated. The website can be accessed though the OUR U3As page.

The HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB U3A is now functioning - website access through OUR U3As page.

CROUCH END AND HORNSEY U3A will be launched in June, 2017
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LINKS WITH UNIVERSITIES AND RELATED ORGANISATIONS IN THE LONDON REGION

U3As across the UK are increasingly working with their local universities, research and similar organisations to develop mutually beneficial relationships.

The prime area for collaboration is currently research such as partnership in Shared Learning Projects, or in research conducted by universities or other external organisations using U3A members but collaborations can take many other forms.

In the London Region we already have some links - with University College, King’s College and Goldsmiths College - and we hope develop relationships with other universities, colleges and related research institutions.

If you have with personal contacts or a working knowledge of any relevant institution in the London Region please contact me .

If you feel you can help in any way, I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Kind regards,
Catherine Ware
Chair – London Region of U3As

You can send an email to Catherine through the CONTACT page.

For an expanded version of this message click on UNIVERSITIES in LINKS on this page.
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SPEAKERS LIST

Do you want a tried-and-tested speaker to talk to your U3A or your interest group?

Jo Livingston has compiled a list of speakers from the London Region U3A branches covering a wide range of subjects. To obtain the list email Jo Livingston through the CONTACT page.
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INTERNATIONAL U3A

Your U3A SIGNPOST international newsletter for April 2016 is now available.

Contents include...

• Osaka International Conference - updated programme
• AIUTA news
• Free resource for Science Groups
• Advances in GOOGLE and search engines
• Gardening and Hydroponics
• Indian village grandmothers show the way

To view, go to http://worldu3a.org/signpost/april2016.htm
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LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES AND THE U3A

See Ian Nash's article in the EDUCATION JOURNAL by clicking on LEARNING TECHNOLOGY in LINKS on this page.

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U3A: MAKING PEOPLE SCIENTIFICALLY LITERATE

An article in the EDUCATION JOURNAL 18 May 2015 ISSUE 233

Click on SCIENCE in LINKS on this page.
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CO-CREATED ENVIRONMENTS - MOBILITY, MOOD AND PLACE

The University of Edinburgh is running a project managing a large, 3-year study called Mobility, Mood and Place which is exploring how we can design environments that are enjoyable to be in and easy to move around in as we get older. They have a regularly updated website providing further information on their work and activities completed to date: www.mobilitymoodplace.ac.uk.

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ONLINE LEARNING

The web is an enormously valuable resource for information and learning. For example, many universities and other institutes upload lectures on to the web which are accessible from a particular site (e.g. the Royal Society, Gresham College) or through U tube. Many Universities, both British and foreign, now offer access to online courses – see MOOCS, below.
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DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MOOCS?

A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions between students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education which was first introduced in 2008 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012. (from Wikipedia) For more information and access to courses click on MOOCS in LINKS on this page.
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GIVE TED A TRY!

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan Ideas Worth Spreading. TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event: the annual conference series began in 1990. TED's early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its Silicon Valley origins, but it has since broadened its focus to include talks on many scientific, cultural and academic topics. Over 1900 talks are available on the web (from Wikipedia). Go to TED in LINKS on this page

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FutureLearn

Free online University courses. Several British University courses in a range of subjects are available for you to follow at home. See FutureLearn in LINKS on this page.
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OpenLearn: Free learning from The Open University

Free educational resources and courses!
For details see www.open.edu/openlearn/

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WHAT'S AVAILABLE IN LONDON

There are very many FREE (or quite cheap) EVENTS IN LONDON as well as online facilities which will interest U3A members.
If you click on OPEN ACCESS in LINKS on this page you will find a list, kindly assembled by Jo Livingston, of resources (in person and on-line)which are freely available but not usually listed in one place.
This list does not include the many free museums and other permanent exhibitions and it is limited to one-off events or series of events such as programmes of talks.
Some need to be booked but for most of them you can just turn up.

If members would like to suggest additions to the list please contact the webmaster through CONTACT._

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