West Lothian



The U3A (University of the Third Age) is a unique, lively, friendly and exciting self help educational movement offering a wide range of creative and leisure activities for those whose days are no longer tied to earning a living. The word 'university' is used in its original sense of people coming together to share and pursue learning in all its forms.

It is a good way to meet people and to make new friends. Costs are minimal because our activities are organised by our members, who share their skills and expertise.

We have a monthly Open Meeting with a wide variety of speakers together with a growing number of smaller ‘Interest Groups’ focusing on different subjects. Whether it is Art (Painting), Craft, Science, Art or Music Appreciation, Poetry, History or Singing for pleasure there is friendly support to get you started whatever your level of knowledge or educational background.

Some members have a great depth of experience in their own field and U3A gives them the opportunity to share their knowledge and enthusiasm to inspire and support others.

Our meetings are well organised, but also very informal to create an enjoyable atmosphere while e.g. learning to play the Ukulele. Knowledge is exchanged, and you go home having learned something new.

Some groups take trips to places of interest: the Art Appreciation Group visits museums, galleries and workshops in the Central Belt, the Cinema Group attends film performances at the Hippodrome Theatre in Bo’ness, and in 2019 the Walking Group followed the Antonine Wall and John Muir Way.

If you are interested in one or more of our groups, why not just come along and find out what we are about, and meet like-minded friendly people with no obligation to join.

We currently have over 110 members and over 20 Interest Groups.

Eligibility: Anyone who is no longer in full time employment.

Everyone is welcome to attend one of our monthly meetings to find out more and decide whether U3A is for them; they are held on the third Wednesday of each month (except July) from 2 – 4pm at:

Uphall Community Education Centre, Strathbrock Place, Uphall, West Lothian, EH52 6BN
Tel: 01506 854451

The annual subscription is £7.50 for 2020-21, this covers administrative costs and fees. Please note that this is a discounted rate (2019-20 was £18) as the community centre has been closed due to Covid-19.

There is usually an additional charge of £1 per member for attending the monthly Open Meeting at Uphall Community Education Centre, to cover speakers' fees and refreshments.


For more information about West Lothian U3A and enquiries regarding membership please contact our Membership Secretary, Helen: Tel: 01506 655976, e-mail: u3awestlothian@gmail.com

West Lothian University of the Third Age is a member of the Third Age Trust, registered Scottish Charity No: SC038021

The Virtual U3A

The Virtual U3A which went live in January 2009, is an online-only U3A, affiliated to the Third Age Trust. One of its principal aims is to provide the U3A experience for those who are rendered isolated in some way by circumstances or geography and unable to play a full part in a terrestrial U3A.

More information and a video are available on the public website http://www.vu3a.org where you can also apply for membership. Why not pay it a visit? And if you know of anyone who might benefit, please pass the information on.