Mapperley & District


BEACON is an online management system developed by the National U3A specifically for local U3A’s. We use Beacon to manage our Membership Records, Groups & Venues information, the Meetings Calendar and to send emails to members.

There are 3 levels of access to Beacon:-

Click View Public Groups to see the basic public version of the Groups List, as shown in the 1st photo on the right. Click on any Group in the list for additional information about the group.
Click View Public Calendar to see the basic public version of the Calendar, as shown in the 2nd photo on the right. For more information about navigating around the Calendar, visit the Calendar page.

If you are a current paid up member of Mapperley and District U3A, you can click here to Login to the Members Portal where you can view additional Groups and Calendar information (as shown in the 3rd and 4th photos on the right). You can also add yourself to Groups, create your own personalised Calendar, renew your membership online, update your personal details and upload a photo of yourself that will be incorporated on your membership card.
Clicking how to login as a Member will give you more information about logging in to the Members Portal and how to access your data.

Group Convenors and Committee members can click here to Login to Beacon as a System User and update certain information within the site, depending on the access rights associated with their role, as described in the main Beacon User Guide (updated December 2017) and Mapperley and Distict’s own custom User Guide chapters below.

ChapterTitleRev.Last updated
01Introduction to Beaconv122 Feb 2018
02How to login as a Memberv125 Feb 2018
03How to login as a System Userv125 Feb 2018
04Emails and Lettersv218 Mar 2018
05Login as a Committee Memberv128 Feb 2018
06Login as a Group Convenorv128 Feb 2018
07Login as a Groups Coordinatorv128 Feb 2018
08Login as Membership Secretaryv128 Feb 2018
09Login as Newsletter Editorv128 Feb 2018
10Login as Treasurerv128 Feb 2018
11File Downloadsv128 Feb 2018

Click to open Beacon Training for convenors|
The document contains a series of short lessons covering various areas of Beacon that are likely to be used by Group Convenors. Each lesson consists of explanatory notes followed by a simple training exercise to try.