The University of the Third Age is a unique self-help learning movement for people no longer in full time employment, and offers an opportunity for older people to pursue shared interests in many subjects within a sociable environment. It aims to encourage third agers to engage in educational, creative and leisure activities at minimal cost by making use of the skills and knowledge of its members.
A university in the original sense of the word, the U3A is a collective of people devoted to learning, with members not students, and all of whom are in their Third Age.
The movement started in France in 1974 and spread to England in 1982 and to Scotland in 1987. There are currently more than 850 U3As in the United Kingdom, with over 290,000 individual members; There are over 40 branches in Scotland, with around 6,000 members.
Dumfries U3A was founded in September 1993 and is one of the oldest U3As in Scotland. It celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2013. The organisation has just under 300 members, with 31 interest groups in subjects as diverse as history and philosophy, French, art, crafts, photography, gardening, rambling and many more. Members of the U3A learn for pleasure so no qualifications are required and none are awarded. The groups are led by members with a special knowledge of, or interest in, the subject they lead so individual members are both learners and teachers, giving their services freely. For more information on special interest groups, follow the link for Groups.
In addition to the smaller interest groups, all members are welcome to attend talks on a variety of topics on the first Thursday of each month from October through to April, and there is an annual outing, usually in early May. The syllabus for the 2017/18 season can be found under the link Monthly Meetings.
We would be pleased to send you a Welcome Pack with lots more information about the U3A.