u3a - U3A research - the future

u3a research meeting

Over 30 U3A Researchers have met for a lively meeting in Birmingham to discuss the future direction of research projects in the U3A.  

The meeting looked at different aspects of the research U3A undertakes.   Speakers included Jo Livingston (National Research database coordinator) Jennifer Simpson (Shared Learning Projects) Catherine Ware (the Research Guide),  Gwen Dawe who spoke on Research Ambassadors and Rona Hodges who gave a very inspiring talk on her relationship with the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. 

U3A Chairman Pam Jones said, “A huge amount of work has gone into the various research projects and it was obvious that U3A has a very high profile as a research resource.   Nick Barratt, an Historical Researcher and Genealogist joined us as he has vast experience of research on dementia, mental health, retirement planning and combatting social isolation.

“The new national Research committee will consist of members who represent the major areas of U3A research.   It was agreed that guidelines would be drawn up on responding to university requests for co-operation, that more Research Ambassadors should be encouraged in parts of the country which have no representation and that even more members should be encouraged to take part in Shared Learning Projects.  

“It was agreed that there would be two Research conferences each year.  A U3A Research website will be set up nationally.’