About the University of the Third Age
The University of the Third Age was founded in Toulouse in 1973 and has since become an international organisation. Each country has developed its own style, with an emphasis in the UK on participation by members rather than on formally-organised courses. The UK's U3A was founded in 1982 and has been a major success. Today there are over 800 branches and over 270,000 members. U3A neither requires nor awards any qualifications.
Shrewsbury's University of the Third Age (U3A) dates from 1992. Like all U3As, it is a mutual self-help organisation, open to all, regardless of education or attainment. The purpose of Shrewsbury U3A is to advance the education of, and provide educational interest for those no longer in full-time employment. We pursue this objective by means of our members' involvement in study groups and our general monthly meetings.
Local U3As in Shropshire are organised into an informal grouping (the West Midlans Region U3A). They discuss matters of mutual interest, exchange views on local U3A concerns and coordinate open days and joint activities. Neighbouring U3As to Shrewsbury include Bridgnorth, Church Stretton, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Much Wenlock, Newport, Oswestry, Welshpool, Wem, Whitchurch, Wolverhampton and Wrekin.
ACCESS TO THE NATIONAL U3A NATIONAL WEBSITE
The members' area of the national U3A website site contains the resource centre catalogue and a subject advice section, useful for both new and established groups. To access this area you need to 'Create an account' to register yourself as a site user:
- On the homepage, click the 'Create an account' link in the footer section near the very bottom of the page
- Complete the fields in the registration form and click the 'Register' button
- The national U3A will send you an email to confirm your account has been set up
- Click on the activation link within the email
- Return to the homepage, enter your new username and password in the footer section and click the 'Log in' button