Northumbria Region U3A

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This page is intended to give concise information about various and diverse topics that will be of general interest to members of the Northumbria Region. The most recent information is at the top of the page, the oldest at the bottom.

If you, as an individual or representing one of the U3As within the region, would like to submit a topic for inclusion then please click here website.



NIHR Bio Resource

NIHR Bio Resource aims to shorten the time it takes from starting a trial to treatment becoming available to patients. The Newcastle unit is one of thirteen centres in the UK with over 100k volunteers. With their large database they are able to call upon patients with similar problems to take part in trials. Note that they are not connected to the UK Bio Bank.

Have a look at their 2 page flyer here: NIHR Flyer or their website here: NIHR Website

July 2019


The Oldie

OFFER TO NORTHUMBRIA U3A MEMBERS: GET 12 ISSUES OF THE OLDIE FOR £12 - a saving of £42 - and a free book worth £7.95

I am the Editor of The Oldie magazine, which was started 25 years ago by the great Richard Ingrams, the former Editor of Private Eye. The Oldie has developed an extraordinary talent to amuse and educate, with some of Britain’s greatest writers gracing its pages: Craig Brown, Gyles Brandreth and Virginia Ironside.
You won’t get retirement advice or tips on fighting old age. Oldies aren’t grumpies, but we are liberated by age to say the unsayable. The Oldie has no political agenda. You will get buckets of laughs. Have a look at our website

I have a very special offer for U3A members….
They can have 12 issues for £12* and a free copy of The Very Best of The Oldie: The First Twenty-Five years, worth £7.95. This is a saving of £42 on the cover price. If you’d like us to send you a free sample copy, please email James Pembroke at or visit: OR call 0330 333 0195 and quote U3A19

Very best

Harry Mount

  • After the first 12 issues, the subscription rate will increase to £42.50, which is a saving of £11.50 on the cover price.

The Oldie magazine, Moray House,
23/31 Great Titchfield Street London W1W 7PA

Tel: 020 7436 8801


Volunteering Opportunities - See Around Britain

See Around Britain is a registered charity which has set up a website, with the intention to provide photographic and detailed written information regarding a large variety of public venues throughout the UK. The information we provide gives a brief description, along with contact details, transport information and accessibility information so that potential visitors, including those with disabilities, can decide whether or not a venue is suitable for their particular needs.

The charity currently has a number of exciting volunteering opportunities available and we feel they could be of potential interest to U3Ar members. In particular, we are looking for volunteers to write venue descriptions to accompany the backlog of photographs of various venues and/or submit photos or videos of new venues themselves, all of which can be done from home and online via our website. There are online video tutorials available to help volunteers, but we can also provide additional support via email if needed.

If you feel this would be of interest we would be really grateful to hear from you (contact email address: and/or Alternatively, you can register interest and join directly via the website’s volunteer section at the bottom of the About Us page,

Cara Crockett, See Around Britain, June 2019



Voice North has spread its wings and has now become Voice-Global.
Its new web address is
The following is a small extract from their website:

In contributing our experience, ideas, insights and vision, VOICE members become partners. They work with Universities and external organisations to:

  • Improve the focus, quality, relevance and impact of research
  • Stimulate and shape social and technological innovation
  • Enjoy lifelong learning and become research active citizens
  • Make a positive difference to the lives of older people across the globe

The involvement of VOICE members in research helps to focus academic knowledge, creativity and expertise on finding solutions and innovations that will make a difference to and have an impact on people's lives
The platform which they spoke about at the quarterly meeting is not up and running yet, and if you wish to submit ideas for research which you think would be helpful for people, please email them at


GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation

The following is a very small extract from the guidance on the main U3A website.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an update to the existing Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). GDPR will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018 and will replace the DPA.

What are the main changes from the DPA to the GDPR?

The main changes that affect U3As are the requirements relating to consent and accountability. U3As will need to gain consent from their members to obtain, retain and use their personal information. U3As will also need to evidence how you are complying with the principles of data protection which includes evidencing that members provided consent.

See more on the national website "Advice" section. However, you need to sign-in to the website first.



Northumbria Region has run some Cyber Security courses recently, but in case you missed them or want to find out even more the Open University has released a free course in cyber security on their OpenLearn website.
The following is an extract from their site:

Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life.
We shop online. We work online. We play online. We live online. As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important.

This free online course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.

With cyber security often in the news today, the course will also frame your online safety in the context of the wider world, introducing you to different types of malware, including viruses and trojans, as well as concepts such as network security, cryptography, identity theft and risk management.

This course has been developed by The Open University with support from the UK Government's National Cyber Security Programme and can be accessed free of charge._

Click here to go straight to the relevant web page: Cyber Security Course



There is a guide produced by the National Research Subcommittee. Download or view it here Research Guide

The National Research Subcommittee has produced a database with the aim of recording any research that involves the U3A.

Find the database at