U3A is short for “University of the Third Age” but it’s not an academic institution with entrance qualifications, examinations and certificates. It is a “self-help” organisation of like-minded people coming together to share knowledge, ideas and experience.
U3A is a worldwide organisation and we have links with regional and national colleagues but we are an independent body and make decisions locally through a small elected committee.
Burnley & District U3A started in June 2007 with about 40 members. The numbers increased steadily and by January 2018 there were over 260 members with new people joining each month.
Membership is open to anyone who is no longer in full time employment. This means that most are over 50 years but there is no minimum age.
The membership fee is £14 April to March or £9.50 October to March per person; £26 April to March or £17 October to March for couples living at the same address.
Once you are a member you are entitled to attend the monthly meetings and receive the national magazine, “Third Age Matters”, published 5 times per year, which has news from around the country and details of online and residential courses.
A Newsletter is produced monthly with information about all Special Interest Group activities; it is distributed at monthly meetings, or by mail or email.
You can also join as many or as few of the Special Interest Groups as you wish.