u3a is a UK-wide collection of 1000+ locally-run interest groups that provide opportunities for those no longer in full-time 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

Listen to u3a radio now on podcasting platforms

Listen to u3a radio now on podcasting platforms

New for 2022, u3a radio can now be found on Apple, Spotify and Google podcasts

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u3a is 40

We are 40!!

The u3a movement is celebrating 40 years of positive ageing this year.

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Members help 5,000 trees to be planted

5,000 trees and counting

Members have beaten a u3a goal to have 5,000 trees planted in our u3a 40th Anniversary Wood in just three months

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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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Inspiring Events

We offer amazing events to our members with everything from Ballroom Dancing to Birdwatching. 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.


"I felt very welcomed by other members of the committee when I became a trustee. u3a got me involved with lots of activities and kept me active after I retired."

Angela, Committee Member Croydon u3a

"It’s given me the opportunity to learn to play ukulele for the first time and now I am learning guitar. I’m having such a lot of fun!"

Mick, Coleshill u3a and Sutton Coldfield 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