London Region of U3As

Active Learning

There are many opportunities for U3A members to engage in various types of learning activity. This page provides a brief introduction to the opportunities and sources of support:

Shared Learning Projects(SLPs):
SLPs are the ‘flagship’ of U3A research opportunities and merit a page of their own.
For further information about SLPs click here: SLPs

Enquiry-led Learning Through Interest Groups
Members of many interest groups undertake research and share their findings, mostly within their group, but sometimes more widely and sometimes the outcomes result in books or other publications. A lot of other groups that you might not suspect of undertaking research are producing some interesting results. See Interest Groups Research for examples.

Collaboration With Universities, Research Institutes, etc.
U3As across the UK are increasingly working with their local universities, research institutes, and similar organisations to develop mutually beneficial relationships.
The prime area for collaboration is currently research, including Shared Learning Projects, but collaboration can take many other forms, including lectures and study days.

We are fortunate to have many excellent academic, research and other leading organisations in the London area. We are gradually making contacts but need to be more proactive about raising the profile of U3A and developing opportunities for collaborative projects. If you have any personal contacts or a working knowledge of any relevant institution in the London Region please contact Jo Livingston or Catherine Ware via the CONTACT page.

External researchers frequently approach U3A when seeking older people as subjects of their research. Current requests from researchers for U3A member support are listed here: External Calls For Research Participants

However we also have a panel with over 100 U3A members of London U3As who have volunteered to assist researchers in designing projects that involve older people. This can lead to further collaborative opportunities in research programmes. For further information please contact Jo Livingston via the CONTACT page.
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Advisers: for a list go to: Subject Advisers
In the London area, your Research Advisers are currently as follows and can be contacted about research (enquiry-led learning) via the CONTACT page.
Jo Walters, Shared Learning Project Coordinator
Jo Livingston
Catherine Ware
also Ann Salvage at: mail@annsalvage.plus.com

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Resources:
U3A National Resource Centre
The Resource Centre in the U3A National Office has a collection of DVDs & CDs available for all U3A groups to borrow free of charge, except for the cost of return postage, in many subject areas. Browse collection via the online catalogue.

Sources Online
Sources showcases the variety of experiences, learning and knowledge at the heart of the U3A movement.
Issued as a supplement disseminated with the journal Third Age Matters until February 2019, Sources is now primarily an online resource filled by user-generated content.
Each month the articles are archived, but accessible via hyperlinks on the right-hand side of the screen.
Some of the news will also appear in TAM so that it is accessible in paper format.

Sources Archive
This is the online archive to the old-format versions of Sources.

More Time to Learn
Learning is the foremost principle of the U3A movement. This booklet More Time To Learn has been written to encourage U3A members to explore all kinds of ways to indulge their curiosity, to work together and to enjoy the process of co-operative learning.

Getting Involved in Research: this booklet 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.
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U3A National Research Database
The U3A National Research Sub-committee has produced a database with the aim of recording any research that involves the U3A, whether that is done by members of the U3A itself, in partnership with an external organisation (as in some SLPs) or where U3A members are the subjects of someone else’s research. External studies of the U3A are also included. The database facilitates access to research results and other researchers, identifies research opportunities, and highlight the research capabilities of the U3A.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 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 Jo Livingston, or for Shared Learning Projects contact SLP Coordinator Jo Walters. Both can be reached by the their links on the CONTACT page.

Index of the Rare:
Arthur Maltby, Deeside & Wirral U3A and Network Chair, has collated the first index of all the unusual U3A interest groups from around the country.
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Online Learing:
Virtual U3A (vU3A):
Anybody can join including people who are working part-time. An important target group for vU3A is older people who are isolated either geographically, through illness or perhaps because of personal commitments 9carers, for example).
This is the only U3A existing solely on the Internet.
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Do You Know About MOOCS? Many universities and other institutes, both British and foreign, now make available courses and lectures on a huge range of topics which are accessible free of charge via the Internet. These are called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). They can form a good basis for shared learning either as a basis for short courses, or to supplement learning in interest groups. For more information and access to courses click here: U3A Advice on MOOCs.
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TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design): TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. To view the selection of topics. Go to: TED.
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