Scotland

Welcome

Welcome to the u3a in Scotland, the network for u3as in Scotland.

Within Scotland the u3as are many and varied, from a large u3a with over 1000 members to small u3as on some of the islands, but however varied, we are united by our love of learning, sharing skills and talents, friendship and enjoyment in our Third Age.

The Third Age Trust Board of Directors has an elected representative (Trustee) from each of 12 Government Regions in the UK: 9 Regions of England plus the three nations, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The Scotland Region is the largest geographically in the UK. It now has 54 member u3as including the new Isle of Arran u3a. New u3as are being considered in a number of areas, mostly the Central belt. We work with our Trustee (Ann Keating) to help encourage the creation of new u3as. We also offer a small start up grant (currently £100) to new u3as in Scotland. Due to our geography, networks have been slow to start in the region as travel and communication can be a challenge in some areas.

The u3a in Scotland is run by a committee elected at its Annual General Meeting and is governed by its own constitution, available on the Documents page. The 2021 Annual General Meeting was held via Zoom on 17 June 2021.

u3a in Scotland is a Scottish Charity (SC 030370). All u3as in Scotland are members. We work with member u3as to organise Scotland Assemblies. We ran a Summer School for the first time in August 2016. The second Summer School was held in August 2018 and the next one will be online in August 2021 (delayed from 2020 by the pandemic). Hopefully we will be able to run the Summer School in person in 2022. We aim to hold our All Scotland Events at different locations around the country to even out travel accessibility for members. These are basically training events on a number of topics of interest to u3as, but also provide a valuable opportunity for swapping experience and ideas. We liaise with the Trustee for Scotland who attends our meetings by invitation and provides an important link to the Board of the Third Age Trust. The Third Age Trust also provide some funds to help our events.

If you want to get in touch with our Officers you can use the Contact page using this link.