Plymouth U3A, now formal academic partners with Plymouth University, held their annual open day at the University's Roland Levinsky Building - celebrating their extensive range of courses and exciting partnership with Plymouth University. The event included Tai Chi and dance demonstrations and was a huge success, with many people signing up for Plymouth U3A membership on the day.
U3A stands for the University of the Third Age - an organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. The U3A is of great value to its members - helping them to continue learning and preventing the isolation that can occur at their time of life, along with the enormous health benefits such contact with others brings.
Local U3As such as Plymouth are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of their membership. U3As offer the chance to study more than 300 different subjects in art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking. The U3A's approach to learning is learning for pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications.
Many members of the public remain unaware of its existence and events such as the open day at Plymouth University give the organisation a great opportunity to spread the word.
Find out more about how Plymouth U3A is working in partnership with Plymouth University.