Radlett & District


Listed here are courses and study days from the Third Age Trust, other u3a branches and other items likely to interest our members. No transport is arranged and application should be made direct to the organisers.

Herts Network of u3as

The Network runs workshops and study days for all members of u3as in Hertfordshire. Some of these are on general subjects such as one on genealogy that is in the planning stages; others are on U3A topics such as the workshops for webmasters and treasurers. If you have suggestions for subjects that could be covered, please let me know. Adrienne Cohen (Radlett & District u3a chairman)

u3a On line Courses

The Online courses from u3a Australia website (see link on the right) offers many tutored courses and is worth looking at. They are short courses specially designed for older people and available through a partnership between Third Age Trust (the UK national u3a organisation) and the u3a Online Inc.(based in Australia).

These are courses for which no entry qualifications are required. They offer no credit on completion and are designed purely for personal interest and enjoyment. They have been written by volunteers who are experienced tutors or course leaders in their fields.

These courses are aimed at u3a members, ex-u3a members who are no longer able to attend a u3a, and those unable to access conventional courses for one reason or another (e.g. restricted mobility, disability, etc).

The subjects vary widely and, to quote a Sarum u3a member, “I would heartily recommend the courses to anyone who wants to keep those little grey cells on their toes and to meet new people in new situations.”

If you would like to start one of these courses and would like others to join you [always a good way to keep the impetus going!] contact Alison via the carrier pigeon. We could then start a new group for those interested.

The u3a trust also offers materials [DVDs etc] that groups can borrow by post - details available on the main u3a website - use the U3A button at the top of the page to get there.

Free lectures available to attend and view on line

Hertfordshire Citizens Academy
The Hertfordshire’s Citizens’ Academy gives you the chance to take interactive modules in crime prevention and community safety that have been developed alongside experts from Hertfordshire Constabulary. It is hosted at www.hertscitizensacademy.org. Users are able to take short, user-friendly courses covering subjects such as Protecting the vulnerable, personal safety, cybercrime and fraud, rural crime, theft and burglary, which are rounded off with short quizzes. Further courses will be added in the coming months. Many thanks, Nathan Davies, Policy Officer, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire

UCL have free lunch hour lectures on differing subjects which can be viewed at home on YouTube. There are also many more events at UCL. (www.ucl.ac.uk)

Herts University offer some free lectures to the public. For more information, take a look at their Herts University Events page. (www.herts.ac.uk)

Gresham College lectures can be found on www.gresham.ac.uk. You can view them on line or attend in person….. Most of them are free of charge.

Royal Institution events can be found on www.rigb.org

Future Learn (www.futurelearn.com) offers over 160 courses covering a range of subjects including, finance, healthcare, politics, science, arts and languages. They are free (unless you want to buy a completion certificate) and typically last between 3 ans 6 weeks. These courses are aimed at all ages and abilities, including people who are looking to develop their work qualifications, and so you will be studying with a wider range of people than the normal U3A membership.

DIY Genius guide to online lifelong learning

Use the link on the right to access this useful site. It is a compilation of 100+ Self-Education Resources For Lifelong Learners, listing some of the most useful self-education resources online. You will find online courses and tools to master new skills, learn languages, find classic books, broaden your mind and interact with other lifelong learners. It includes details of Lectures and Video Learning Websites and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

WEA Courses in Radlett and Bushey

WEA have been holding courses locally for over 50 years. The WEA is different from u3a in that the courses are given by professionally qualified tutors and as a result there is a significant course fee to cover the tuition and hire of venue. Classes are usually between 20 – 30 and are run in a very informal manor. There is no assessment or end qualification – the courses are purely for self-education and enjoyment. The Eastern Region classes were formally assessed by OFSTED in 2013 and were given a “GOOD” rating!
For more details including syllabuses please contact: Jim Parkin, 01923 469644 or preferably jimparkin1@ntlworld.com

Courses at St Albans Cathedral

Every term the St Albans Cathedral Study Centre puts on a series of courses exploring the Christian faith from every angle and our subjects include theology, biblical studies, languages, spirituality, art, literature, film, and music. The courses are suitable for those of any religious opinion or none. Some last for a day, others for a series of evenings and a new course on the history of the Abbey takes place on nine Wednesday afternoons.

You can find full details of the courses on their website via the link top right. Alternatively contact the Adult Learning Officer on 01727 890205 or at studycentre@stalbanscathedral.org, and she will send you it by post. You can also find details of events and stay up to date via Facebook (www.facebook.com/stalbanscathedralstudycentre) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/StACSC). The subjects include Christian Ethics £50, Science and Religion £50, Post-beginners’ Greek 1 £50, Post-beginners’ Latin 2 £50, Introduction to Hebrew £50, Reading Medieval Latin £15.

Courses at Frogmore Paper Mill

Frogmore Paper Mill & Visitor Centre, Fourdrinier Way, Apsley, Hertfordshire, HP3 9RY
For further information or to book your places call Maureen Charlton or Sue Woolnough on 01442 234600 or e-mail education@thepapertrail.org.uk

FREE computer training
Tuesday & Friday 10.30am to 1.00pm
The Paper Trail’s UK Online Centre based at Frogmore Paper Mill gives people who have never used a computer or the internet before the chance to get online, and improve their job chances.
•FREE – to everyone aged 16 or more (our oldest learner is 92)
•FRIENDLY – with informal, individual help and support
•FUN – you choose what you want to learn, and go at your own pace
We also offer help with writing cvs, job-hunting and applying for jobs online, as well as training for people who want to develop more computer skills.
Our cafe will be open if you would like some refreshments and to browse our second hand book collection.
Just come along and have a go – it’s FREE for everyone.
Or call 01442 234600 to chat to a member of staff and find out more.

When: The first Sunday of every month (please check) Fee: £15 per session
Untutored Life Drawing classes are held on the first Saturday of every month from 11.00am to 4.00pm in the Forum at Frogmore Mill. Materials are provided. Although there is no need to book, if you can call to let us know you would like to join in, we can then know numbers.

PAINTING FROM LIFE Monthly sessions on Thursday with Karen Iredale-Lucas. Karen tutors regularly here and in her studio in Teddington. Masses of experience through study, exhibiting, professional practice and teaching.
Booking essential.

All courses are held at Frogmore Paper Mill & Visitor Centre unless otherwise stated.
For further information or to book your places call Maureen Charlton or Sue Woolnough on 01442 234600 or e-mail education@thepapertrail.org.uk