University of 3rd Age London

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The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!

Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.

The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation, the Third Age Trust.

The Third Age Trust

The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for U3As in the UK. It is both a limited company and a registered charity.  It underpins the work of local U3As by providing educational and administrative support to their management committees and to individual members and assists in the development of new U3As across the UK.   It is managed by a National Executive Committee which consists of a Chairman, 3 other Officers and 12 representatives from the government regions in the UK.  The Third Age Trust is funded mainly by annual subscriptions paid by member U3As on a per capita basis, with the occasional grant for specific projects.  It has 7 full time and 7 part time staff and is located in Bromley.

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN U3AS AND THE THIRD AGE TRUSTU3As are independently managed charitable associations with their own constitutions.  Membership of The Third Age Trust is a requirement in order to use the U3A name and logo both of which are protected but once registered, providing the aims and guiding principles of the organisation are adhered to, local U3As are self-governing.

 

University of 3rd Age London

Our Vision

Our Vision is to make lifelong learning, through the experience of U3A, a reality for all third agers.

Our Mission

Our Mission declares our purpose as an organisation and serves as the standard against which we weigh our actions and decisions. It is to:

  • Facilitate the growth of the U3A movement.
  • Provide support for management and learning in U3As.
  • Raise the profile of the U3A movement.
  • Promote the benefits of learning in later life through self-help learning.