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Are you over 50? Want to learn something new or join a discussion group? Then U3A is for you!

You can exercise your brain by participating in or leading a group and sharing your interests with others.

U3A is an international movement which promotes and practises lifelong learning by providing low cost educational opportunities for retired people in a relaxed and informal environment. No prior educational qualifications are required; no degrees are awarded.


2016 Prospectus

New Courses

  • To Infinitives ... and beyond - exploring grammar problems - Tuesdays from 18 October for 4 weeks - 10:00 am - 12 noon Contact Graham Kearns at
  • Travellers Tales, Part 7 Turkmenistan (H162.01), Wednesday, 9 November & 16 November, Enrolments from 12 October after 10AM. Contact Ross Howard at
  • Absolute Beginners Computing, 6 weeks from Wednesday, 2 November to 6 December, 10AM - 12noon, Cook Community Hub, Cost $65, Contact Mike Cassidy on 0412 145 088 or or Eileen Dunstone on 1800 728 853 or
  • NSW coastal landscapes, their origins and evolution. Field excursion - Tuesday - Thursday 8 - 10 November 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

For more information on new courses, go to New Courses


  • Pottery For Fun (AF048.06) with Suzanne Fox. 7 vacancies at 2 October. Held at Canberra Potters Society, Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall St., Watson. From Thursday 20 October, 1:30pm-4:30 pm to 15 December. Contact: Suzanne Fox at after 9 AM Saturday 8 October
  • EMDR Therapy and Emotional Eating (SHE073.05) with Carolyn Sullivan From 2:00 - 4:00, Wednesday, 2 November to 7 December. Learn how and why you use comfort eating. Three previous groups have benefitted from gaining control. Enrolments: Wednesday 5 October after 9 am. Venue: Private home in Nicholls Contact: Carolyn Sullivan at or 0412 284 325
  • John Keats Letters and Poems - Discussion Group (ELL095.01) with Roger Little, Cook CH Room 2, From Thursday 17 November - 24 November, 2pm-4pm, 12 vacancies Contact: Roger Little 0405 325232 or after 9:00am Monday 31 October

Changes to Courses



For more information on the above, go to
Changes, Vacancies, Cancellations and Proposed New Courses

What's on Offer at U3A ACT in 2016?

The Latest

The U3A eBulletin is an irregular bulletin which is emailed to members. It provides information about matters which may be of immediate interest to members.

The U3A Newsletter is published six times each year and reports on U3A activities, programs, courses and upcoming events. Essential reading for all U3A ACT members. Read the latest:


Key dates for 2016

Extended Deadline for copy for November/December issue of U3A Newsletter
* If you have material for inclusion in the November/December 2016 issue of the U3A ACT Newsletter, send the details by 31 Octoberto David Wilson, Newsletter editor at

Reflections from the Hall of Memories

U3A/COTA BYO lunchtime forum, Tuesday, 25 October 12noon - 1:30pm,
Venue: Hughes Community Centre Hall. Speaker:Dr Allan Hawke AO, former senior publich servant, diplomat, Director Canberra Raiders. Cost: $2:00. Free tea and coffee.

2017 U3A memberships available after Saturday 1 October
* Manage your own membership details: by clicking on the ‘Member Login’ tab. You can also check and update your contact details before renewing. Early renewal will reduce administration overheads and save U3A money by not having to mail out reminders. When finished, print off your membership card for 2017.

  • You can also update your subscription details for the Newsletter, Prospectus and eBulletin.
  • To reduce security issues, payment by card is preferred. Aside from payment online, EFTPOS readers are available in both offices
  • Comments, feedback and suggestions on any membership issues are always welcome.
  • A more complete description is at:

Paul Ratcliffe, U3A Membership Secretary


Cook Hall, 2:00pm, Wednesday, 23 November

Please add this to your diary. We need at least 50 members to attend to make our AGM a success.


  • Members are invited to contribute their experience, expertise or ideas to plan for an updated, more dynamic U3A ACT website.
  • We would like to get a small team together to think about the website & advise the Committee on its design & content. Even if you have no time at present, please let us have your good ideas!
  • Further details are provided in eBulletin 295 (

Please contact Julia Rymer on 6282 1519 NOW!

Di Morrisey Relects: 2016 Harold White lecture

National Library of Australia, Sunday, 2:00 20 October. See eBulletin

wants to hear from you. If you are interested in issues affecting people over 50 and have underutilised research skills, COTA wants to hear from you. Further details at:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT (MARSS), Home Tutor Program
MARSS is looking for volunteers as home tutors in Belconnen and Gungahlin areas. This program provides classes with an alternative way to lean and improve their English. If interested, please contact Lauren on 6248 8577 or at

Celebrate their Achievements - Award Programs for ACT Women and Girls

* Nominations are currently open for the 2017 ACT Women's Awards in the following categories:

  • ACT Woman of the Year
  • ACT Senior Woman of the Year (50 years and over)
  • ACT Young Woman of the Year (16-30 years)
  • Nominations close at 5pm, Friday 18 November 2016. To nominate someone please visit

Editing and Managing your Photographs: pre-digital and digital (HAGSOC course)

Sunday 23 October, 10am to 1pm, HAGSOC Education Room, Cook Community Hub, Templeton Street, Cook. Presenter: Danny O’Neill. HAGSOC Members: $20. Others $30. Includes morning tea. Bookings essential,
You can register, pay, and download the flyer at:

French-Language Resource Material for
U3A members

Material donated by by Maureen Bell and Ann Nicholson is available for loan to
U3A members. A list of the titles is available from Sean Forster at or ph 6296 1300.
The U3A North-South French Study Group welcomes new members and meets at the Belconnen Soccer Club (Hawker shops) on Mondays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 NOON
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