Reg. Charity No. 1031258
The University of The Third Age (U3A) is a unique and exciting nationwide
movement with over 1000 U3As, which provide its 400,000 members with
life-enhancing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and
learn together, developing their interests in a friendly, enthusiastic and
U3As are not universities in the traditional sense. There is no curriculum,
no entrance qualifications, no campus and no examinations. They are self-funded
informal learning co-operatives, drawing on the strengths and enthusiasms of
their members who share their knowledge and skills with each other. This
results in a wide range of interest and activity groups from art to zoology
with pretty much everything in between and plenty of social events and outings.
Although each local U3A is a charity in its own right, the movement is
supported administratively and educationally by its national organisation, The
Third Age Trust, which is also responsible for facilitating the growth of the
movement through the development of new U3As.
Cirencester U3A was formed over 25 years ago. As well as holding a monthly
general meeting with a guest speaker, we currently support over 50 interest and
activity groups and have over 700 members.