University of the Third Age in Scotland
University of the Third Age
Grantown on Spey
U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, which is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are run entirely by volunteers. Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. The teachers learn and the learners teach. Between them U3As offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking. A typical U3A has about 250 members but could be as small as 12 and as large as 2000+.
The U3A approach to learning is - learning for pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained.
Today, there are over 1000 U3As throughout the United Kingdom with over 350,000 members. It is a fast growing organisation which is a measure of its interest to people of the third age.
The Grantown-on-Spey U3A is part of the U3A in Scotland which comprises 53 U3As and over 7000 members. Grantown-on-Spey U3A draws its membership from Grantown-on-Spey, its surrounding locality and any of the nearby towns and villages. Membership currently (2015) stands at 113 and there are 10 active Interest Groups (see the relevant web pages for more information).