South East Region

SLPs and Publicity/PR

For information about Publicity and PR

What's an SLP?

A Shared Learning Project involves a team, usually from more than one u3a, exploring a specific topic and, more often than not, the team works with an outside institution.

New Shared Learning Project Coordinator S E Region
Marilyn Kinnon
Telephone 01590 672425 mobile 07970 833718

Moving forward in 2021

The u3a in the United Kingdom stands poised to transition its 456,000 members to the delights and challenges of on-line learning as it moves further into the digital age. The adoption of digital technologies will attract a computer literate membership and build back better for the organisation. Learning is at the heart of the U3A and coming together online enables members to continue their joy in personal growth and development.

On-line Shared Learning projects in the South East region intends to signal an enthusiastic response to meet this innovative change of direction for the u3a bought about by Covid. Please make contact with me Marilyn Kinnon, Shared Learning Project Coordinator, South East Region.

What is a good subject for a project?

Wherever your interests lie, there is scope for an SLP. You might approach a museum or a stately home to see if they can propose a topic: it could involve researching local history or objects in a museum or the family in a stately home. Or you might get together with other u3as to explore a theme (a river, a town, a person, a philosophy or an idea). SLPs provide an ideal opportunity to meet new people and to enjoy new subjects.

The SLP Concept

Shared Learning Project – What are they?

Shared Learning Projects have been part of the u3a movement since 2002 and form part of the National Research Network. They are all varied but all must have the following characteristics:

  • Shared: typically means two or more u3as or/and an outside institution are involved. Sometimes as many Interest Groups as possible within a u3a choose to work together on a single project. This can be the feature of an Open Day. This is not strictly a SLP, but Coordinators also encourage this type of project. Projects undertaken in a single Interest Group should also be encouraged in the hope that this will result in a presentation to their u3a, a display, website entry, leaflet for local interest etc.
  • The results of the findings should be outlined in some sort of presentation, report, web page, book, or display. Projects can also be reported in Third Age Matters magazine or Sources Online to share with other u3a members. All projects should be submitted to the u3a National Research Database, via the self-reporting form or by a SLP Coordinator as they commence and updated on completion.
  • Learning: learning should take place either in the form of new skills to complete the task or in the research findings and ideally should be both
  • Project: the project is agreed between the various partners. It is a clearly defined piece of work which has a beginning, middle and end lasting anything from 3 to 12 month. Projects provide stimulation and enjoyment for members and bring individual members and u3as together as well as raising the profile of the u3a.

Shared Learning Projects are supported by the Shared Learning Projects Committee (SLPAC) chaired by the SLP National Coordinator. Each Region aims to have one or two SLP Coordinators. Trustees and Project Leaders can help by keeping their regional coordinator informed of projects as they happen. Coordinators in return can offer advice, circulate information to networks and u3as within their region and visit u3as to encourage and support new projects. SLP Coordinators also help to develop suitable projects for u3a members in partnership with outside institutions, such as Museums and Universities and other organisations.