About Us

About Us

Who are we?

Kenton & District U3A (founded in March 2014) is part of the University of the Third Age which is a registered charity.

Why a "University"?

The word "University" is used in its original sense of people coming together to share and pursue learning in all its forms. Although called a University, no academic qualifications are required or given.

Who teaches?

Those who teach are also those who learn. Men and women from all walks of life have the opportunity to meet like-minded members to expand their knowledge, share interests or acquire new skills. Members with a lifetime of experience, expertise or know-how in professions, occupations or through hobbies are encouraged to form study or interest groups. A mutual interest in learning for fun leads to new friendships.

Who can join?

Virtually all study groups meet during the day, so any adult can join providing they have the available time.

Who runs Kenton & District U3A?

A Management Committee is elected annually from the membership. Activities are planned and undertaken according to the members' own wishes and resources. Committee members and individual members, who run study group activities, act on a purely voluntary and unpaid basis. It is on their willingness and services that the whole idea of the U3A depends.

Who pays?

Kenton & District U3A receives no direct funding from Central or Local Government. It is financially independent and relies solely on members' subscriptions.

Where do the groups meet?

Either in members' houses or in hired rooms.

Are there other U3A groups?

The University of the Third Age is a worldwide organisation. In the UK there are now more than 900 local U3A groups with a growing total membership, now in excess of 200,000. For more general information regarding the history and present day running of the U3A, visit The Third Age Trust website.