About us

We are the local group of the university of the third age, covering Torbay and its surrounding locality. We are a self-help organisation for people no longer in full-time employment, providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.

The word “university” is used in its original sense of people coming together to share and pursue learning in all its forms. We neither require nor award any qualifications.

Membership is not related to a specific age, but to a period in one’s life (the third age) after the second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility. Anybody in their third age can join u3a, and this includes people who are working part-time. There is no lower age for membership.

We are a charity in our own right (Registered Charity Number 1045085) and are run entirely by volunteers. We draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of our members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. We offer the chance to study a range of subjects and enjoy a variety of creative, active and social events – and we welcome new ideas for courses and activities.

We are affiliated to The Third Age Trust, which is the national representative body for U3As in the UK. For further information about the university of the third age including its Aims & Principles and locations of other local u3a's, click the link.

We are administered and managed in accordance with our constitution by our members elected to the Executive Committee. For further information on current Committee membership, roles and our Constitution and Data Protection Statement policies, please click on the Documents link above.

See History of Torbay u3a and the History of the u3a movement including its origins in France.