U3A (The University of the Third Age) is a UK-wide movement which brings together people who want to pursue interests or try something new after finishing working full-time or raising a family – a time known as their ‘third age’.
U3A has a ‘university’ of members who draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other in a friendly and informal environment, just for pleasure. Learning is its own reward. It's all voluntary and a typical U3A will be run many interest groups covering a range of different subjects.
Formed over 30 years ago, there are now over 1,000 U3A branches across the UK, with thousands of interest groups between them and more than 400,000 members nationally.
The national U3A organisation provides many resources that can be used by local U3As.