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 further information.

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 Catherine Ware, Chair of London Region of U3As via the CONTACT page.

External researchers frequently approach U3A when seeking older people as subjects of their research. 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.

Current Calls for Research Support:
Specific requests from researchers for support from U3A members are listed here:

July 2018: This is a request from a researcher from Imperial College who we worked with last year on a similar project called The All Adenomas Study. The group is currently in the planning stages of a new study called FIT for Screening and once again is looking for volunteers to become Patient and Public Representatives. They were very pleased with the response last year and hope the U3A can help with this new project. All the details are in the two attachments: FIT Screening Poster, FIT SCreening Role Description
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Advisers

  • Subject Advisers: https://www.u3a.org.uk/resources/subjects
  • London Region Research Advice and SLP Coordinators: see CONTACT page

> SLP Co-ordinator: Jo Walters
> Research Advisers: Jo Livingston; Ann Salvage mail@annsalvage.plus.com; Catherine Ware
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Resources
Ø '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.

Ø 'Getting Involved in Research'
This guidebook Research Guide 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 Advisers and SLP Coordinators to provide training and guidance. Paper copies of the guide can be obtained free of charge from National Office.

Ø 'Sources'
Sources showcases the variety of experiences, learning and knowledge at the heart of the U3A movement.
Formerly issued as a supplement disseminated with the journal Third Age Matters, sources is now primarily being produced as an online resource filled by user-generated content.

  • Sources Online: https://sources.u3a.org.uk/

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: https://www.u3a.org.uk/resources/publications/sources

This is the online archive to the old-format versions of Sources.
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Getting Involved in Research, The Research Guide 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.

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
Ann Salvage
Catherine Ware

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U3A National Research Database https://u3aresearch.org.uk/
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.

  • Unusual interest groups: https://sources.u3a.org.uk/2018/01/11/the-u3a-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.

  • Index of the Rare: https://sources.u3a.org.uk/index-of-the-rare/
  • U3A National Resource Centre: https://library.u3a.org.uk/liberty/libraryHome.do

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.
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Online Learing:
Virtual U3A (vU3A): www.vu3a.org
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 courses 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: 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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FutureLearn, Free online University courses. Several British University courses in a range of subjects are available for you to follow at home. See here: FUTURELEARN.
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OpenLearn: Free learning from The Open University. Free educational resources and courses!
For details see OPEN LEARN