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u3a is a UK-wide collection of 1000+ charities that provide the opportunity for those no longer in work to come together and learn for fun.

Make the most of life and join more than 430,000 members exploring new ideas, skills and interests with your local u3a.

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40 years of positive ageing

The u3a movement has been learning, staying active and having fun for 40 years - showcasing what it means to have a positive later life. Join us and find out what events are happening near you.

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Latest News

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From u3a creative writing competition to writing contract

As the u3a creative writing competion opens for a third year, u3a member Lynne shares her story of success

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New Target for u3a Woodland

The u3a 40th Anniversary Woodland is commited to planting 10,000 trees  by the end of 2022

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The Positive Impact of u3a

Members share their u3a stories

In the first in our new series of short films, Geoffrey from Upholland u3a shares how his u3a music group resparked his love for guitar

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What we offer

The u3a movement is a collection of groups (u3as) that run local and online member-led learning for those no longer in full time work across the UK. There are lots of opportunities to get involved with learning remotely or in your area. If you want to get an idea of what u3a members get up to then have a look at our learning blog, Sources.

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Local Learning Groups

u3a is a UK-wide network of learning groups run by and for members. With over 1000 local u3as across the country you will never be too far from a group of like-minded learners

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Learn Online

Our online learning programme can connect you with other learners, wherever you are. We offer lessons, resources and an exciting schedule of online events to get you learning at your pace.

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Events & Workshops

We offer inspiring events as well as online workshops that provide information and support to u3as. The events are usually free, and you just need to be a member of a u3a to take part.

Life in a u3a

Across the UK, u3a members draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other for pleasure; learning is its own reward.

It's all voluntary; a typical u3a will be home to many activity groups covering hundreds of different subjects - from art to zoology and everything in between.

It’s local, social, friendly, low-cost and open to all. Join a u3a, start learning together and make the most out of life.


Christina testimonial

"I was lucky enough to get my retirement at 60. u3a came and it was just a gift from heaven. I’m encouraging everyone I meet – it is an added value to your life."

Christina, Croydon u3a

David testimonial

"u3a is a good way of making friends, meeting people. And importantly, you know that you’re meeting people with a shared interest."

David, Dawlish & District u3a

Useful Links

u3a Brand Centre
- Find logos and buy branded materials
Support for u3as
- Help and advice on running a u3a
u3a Radio Podcast
- u3a's member-run podcast
Latest News
- The latest from u3as around the country

Third Age Matters magazine
- Our publication for members
- How u3a is operated and governed
Press Office
- Press quotes and PR info
Sources Blog
- Our blog dedicated to learning