Why are we called u3a?

A u3a is a collective of people devoted to learning, with members not students, all of whom are in their THIRD AGE.

The ‘third age’ is defined by a time in your life (not necessarily chronological) where you have the opportunity to undertake learning for its own sake.  There is no minimum age, but a focus on people who are no longer in full-time employment or raising a family.

Who can join u3a?

Anyone can join u3a who are retired or working part time.  No qualifications are required and none are given.  There is no lower age limit for membership.

What Mid-Bucks (Aylesbury) u3a can offer you

We have many subject groups.  You can search our groups from the alphabetical list by a click on the groups tab.

Most subject groups meet once or twice a month, some more frequently, and programmes are decided by the members of the group.

Membership is open to anyone who is retired from full-time work and who has an interest in continuing to learn and socialise.  You may join any of our special interest groups that have vacancies whether you are an expert or a complete novice wishing to develop a new interest.

Our purpose is to offer members a wide variety of physical, intellectual and artistic activities to keep them alert, fit and healthy, as well as opportunities to get out, meet new friends and enjoy a varied social life.  We do not offer formal courses, nor do we offer any degrees or diplomas.

The organisation (we are a registered charity – No 1070207) is run entirely by volunteers, and there are many and varied opportunities for members to make their own contribution to its success. The organisation only survives if there are volunteers who are prepared to use their own skills and aptitudes to make it work.

Being a member allows you to participate in the Thames Valley Network that holds regular meetings and has an entertaining programme – see details under the Meetings page.