Welcome to all our members and website visitors!

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a voluntary, self-help organisation located throughout the UK and overseas. It is run for and by people who want to keep active in mind and body when they are no longer working full time. It is about involvement in learning new things, expanding horizons, sharing skills and experiences, making new friends, helping others to learn, accepting new challenges to show that age need be no barrier to learning or to helping others to learn. And to enjoy – if it’s not fun, it’s not U3A! No entry qualifications, no examinations, just the joy of learning in a friendly environment. If we’re going to live longer, let’s make the most of it. There is no upper age limit on curiosity! We believe learning need never stop and should be a pleasure.

Announcements are shown below:
This site is regularly updated and announcements will draw your attention to what’s new – they are listed below with the most recent on top.  For general information about North London U3A, see the ABOUT US page.

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National U3A events in February/March 2017

The following events have been announced:

Booking now

  • 7 February Cancer… The Story So Far
    The Crick Institute, London Details & Book (already fully booked)
  • 27 March Mughal India: Art and Culture
    The British Library, London Details & Book

Dates for your Diary (Booking in new year)

  • 9 March Dutch Painting Study Day National Gallery
  • 16 March Spring Meeting Royal Institution
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Spring Tour 2017 Plans


Sunday 21st May to Thursday 25th May 2017

We are going to Suffolk – an agricultural county with a Heritage Coast that has seen invasion by the Angles and the Danes. Over centuries, it has also mustered defences against the threat of invasion from the French, the Dutch and most latterly the Nazis. However these days the threat is from the sea. The defence of the coastline, as we shall see, gives rise to much controversy.

We will visit a number of towns, each with unique features – medieval streets, beach huts, churches built in the boom of the wool trade, a working mill, an 18th century factory, the homes of an artist and a composer. We can rest by riversides and walk in gardens and stroll on the beach. We will explore a castle, a fort, a ruined priory and a stately home. We may even get in a boat or visit a brewery or go up a lighthouse.

If you want to join in the visit to the land of the South Folk, you will find our draft tour Itinerary and the Booking-form with cost information by clicking on the links.

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Members Festive lunch

This will be held on Monday 12th December at St Paul’s Church Hall, Long Lane, Finchley in place of the usual monthly meeting. The doors will open at 12.30 and the meal will cost £7. Please click here for more details and a booking form

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New Shared learning project

If you are interested in history and would like to contribute to a project – Citizens – run by Royal Holloway, University of London, due to start in Spring 2017 then have a look at the Shared Learning projects page which can be found under Events

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External – Brain research – UCL is looking for volunteers, if you are a healthy, right-handed adult aged 55-80…
How do we learn and control our movements? How is this regulated by the brain?
You will perform a simple behavioural task under the effect of a placebo or a small dose of levodopa. This will allow us to investigate the role of the neuromodulator dopamine in motor variability and motor learning. If you are interested, please contact:
Graziella Quattrocchi 020 3448 8777 email g.quattrocchi@ucl.ac.uk

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Request for help with U3A Sources magazine

Journalists & photographers, stories & pictures wanted for the new year 2017 edition of  Sources magazine. For more details click here

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National U3A events in London this Autumn

There are four events this autumn in London organised by the National U3A which you are able to book yourself. See the NLU3A’s national events page for a list of them.  You can click on each of them for full details.

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External – The Postal Museum in Clerkenwell is looking for volunteers. Visit their website at www.postalmuseum.org/volunteers for more detail or email the Volunteer Co-ordinator Suzannah Musson at volunteers@postalmuseum.org

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