South East U3A Region

Interesting Stuff

Newton Prize 2018 run by UK National Commission for UNESCO

An opportunity has arisen for U3A members to be part of the reviewing team for the Newton Prize 2018.

This is a prestigious global award – run by the UK National Commission for UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) – which awards research and innovation projects in developing countries. This year, all the applicants are coming from South American Newton Fund projects in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.

The Commission believe that U3A members could potentially be perfect as reviewers of the projects. They need reviewers to have expertise in their fields (Agriculture, Humanities, Built Environment, Economic Development, Education, Energy or Engineering) and also have the time to take part.

Volunteers Week 2018

(1st to 7th June) recognised the unique and significant contribution that volunteers make around the country. Volunteers are at the heart of the U3A movement. The founders initiated the movement to be based on the principles of self-help and mutual aid which means that volunteers are the life-blood of the U3A.
Each U3A is governed and managed by committee members who are all volunteers and who oversee the contribution of the volunteer group leaders. Volunteers help coordinate over 10,000 U3A learning and activity groups which run across the country every week.

Royal Holloway

100 U3A members attended Royal Holloway University in Egham to explore ‘U3A and Research’. There were two speakers, 5 Presentations and a choice of a Workshop on Archival Research, Curious Minds, Research & Ethics or The Journey from Interest Group to Research and several Posters to view. Do look at this report Royal Holloway

International Exchanges

U3As in Surrey have been conducting some very successful exchanges over the last seven years and would be glad to share their experience and enthusiasm with other U3Asin the Sout East Region. Do look at this A4 report by Ian Funnell of Fetcham U3A on International Exchanges.

Members' Home Page Pictures - Challenge

The front (Home) page of this U3A South East Region website now displays pictures of the region which have been offered by U3A members. Please send your candidate pictures to

  • Pictures must belong to you
  • They need to be landscape format
  • We need to know your name and your U3A
  • We need to know what they are of
  • They will be displayed at 1024 pixels across - we can reduce them, but higher resolutions take longer to send.

History of Protest, Liberty, Power and Rebellion - SLP

A shared learing project for you to join - have a look at the CITIZENS flyer.

U3A Systems

A website allows members to exchange ideas about membership systems - there are 9 different systems described. U3A’s already using these systems share their experience and may answer your questions and concerns.

Benefits and services to U3As & individual U3A members from the Third Age Trust

This poster (links right) is downloadable and lists for U3A committee people and members the benefits and services offered to U3As by the Third Age Trust.

Paid Tutors

The question of whether U3As should allow their interest groups to employ paid tutors seems likely to rage on for ever. Here is a downlaodable four-page discussion on the issue for the guidance of U3A committees.

Publicising your U3A

The grant for ‘showcasing’ your U3A to the public has increased to £250. Many U3As hold ‘Freshers Fairs or similar when they invite the public to see what U3A is all about and thereby hope to attract new members. Application to National Office.

Grant for new U3As

All new U3As will receive a grant of £250 to help with setting-up expenses.

Special Anniversaries

It would be helpful if any U3A celebrating a special anniversary could contact the Trustee as the NEC would like to be able to acknowledge these by sending an anniversary card.

Is your Logo legal?

The official U3A logo is on the national website. Please check to ensure that yours is legal.

Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.