North West Region of U3As

Learning and Research

Learning and Research
Please scroll down for the latest advice from U3A concerning contacts made to U3As for participants in medical research.

Survey of U3A contacts with Universities
The National Research Sub-Committee (NRSC) has decided to carry out a mapping exercise throughout the UK of those U3A’s with a relationship with their local university. This might be from just being able to attend public lectures to active involvement with research projects. Any form of contact would be useful for us to know about. We are trying to establish (a) what exists and (b) what works in terms of best practice in order to make available guidance to other U3A’s. Your help would be much appreciated if you could send us a return of the attached information sheet for each UNIVERSITY in your region with whom there is a link to a local U3A.

The Information Sheet on the right contains instructions relating to where to send it/them and the deadline.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me in the first instance.
Queries and return of forms (by 31.10.20, please) to Chris Knight:

New Partnership: Bolton U3A and Bolton University
Bolton U3A is now successfully affiliated to Bolton University and a joint programme of opportunities is under way, starting with a collaborative exhibition due to open at the new Platform 5 gallery at Bolton railway station.

Transcribing Tithe Documents
This new partnership project with the Lancashire Archives is open to all individual members in the North West. It involves reading old ledgers written in copperplate, and transcribing the information onto a spreadsheet. On Tuesday 5th November 2019,33 interested members attended the inauguaral training at the Lancashire Archives in Preston, and 23 have selected geographical areas to work on. If you would like to know more or join in, please see the Transcribing Tithe Ledgers flyer

Showcase your U3A
If you have already completed a project or a piece of research and would like others to know about it, we are happy to feature it here on our website. Use the 'contact' page to get in touch.

The Talking Kirkby reminiscence project is an excellent example of this way of working. Members of Kirkby & District U3A worked with local residents as part of a lottery-funded initiative to record their memories, and these are now preserved and made accessible to all by Knowsley Archives.

One of our regional aims is to make lasting links with learning organisations so that it becomes customary for providers to 'think U3A' when they are planning ahead. These organisations range from local societies to universities, museums, archives and libraries.

Take a look at the Events page for more information about training days and meetings.

The U3A has a research database. It contains all the research we know about that has been done in the UK. You may access the information on the database by region or topic or keyword.

Click to access the U3A Research Database.

Research requests
Advice from U3A National office, December 2019
"For any U3A approached directly by Universities wanting members to participate in research projects, the Third Age Trust has approved this advice:
Medical research projects should involve participative learning for mutual benefit and follow the recommended National Research Sub Committee (NRSC) guidelines and risk assessment. Participating in any form of medical research project should not involve physical or psychological intervention. U3A members participate in such projects as private individuals and not as U3A members.
In the meantime, we would strongly recommend that you do not circulate U3A members with such requests without, at the very least, consulting your local Research Ambassador or SLP Coordinator.
The Ethics Working Party is currently working on a set of practice guidelines."