WE'VE TRANSITIONED TO REMOTE LEARNING
U3A is the University of the Third Age, which is the age of active retirement, coming after the age of youth and work and home making. University is a loose term - there are no academic requirements for membership and no exams.
U3A is a worldwide self-help organisation promoting learning for personal enjoyment and wellbeing. Keeping the brain active, doing interesting things and making new friends are essential for helping older people to maximise their chances of independence, and this is what U3A does very effectively. U3A is making a very substantial contribution to society by helping its members to remain healthy and active for longer.
U3A Brisbane is one of many similar U3A organisations in Australia. Formed in 1986, we are a totally volunteer organisation, and provide leisure and educational courses to local seniors. We have over 4000 members and offer more than 290 courses each term, all of these at a low cost.
Our City Campus classes are held at our own premises at 97 Creek Street Brisbane, and in leased rooms nearby at 232 Adelaide St Brisbane, just a short walk from bus, train or ferry. Other City Precinct classes are held at various locations in the CBD.
We also have classes in surrounding suburbs and districts - in Logan (our largest district outside the city), Southside, Northside, Westside and Wynnum.
SPECIAL EVENT - Australian Wildlife Conservancy Presentation
We are pleased to present an online Zoom presentation by Kate Heffernan on 19 August 10am to 11am.
Kate Heffernan is Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s Senior Development Executive in Queensland. She will join us to discuss AWC’s approach to conservation, the bushfire response and celebrate some recent success stories. Australian Wildlife Conservancy now delivers conservation management across 30 sanctuaries in Australia, protecting wildlife across an area the size of Tasmania. U3A members are also invited to join the AWC team from across Australia as they bring the sanctuary to you during the “AWC in Conversation” series. So far they have talked about Ecofire (Australia’s largest non-government fire management program), the wild life of sanctuary managers living on Cape York, Australia’s most ambitious translocation program, research into the Red Goshawk (Australia’s rarest raptor) and tackling the single greatest threat to Australia’s wildlife – feral cats.
TERM 3 CLASSES
Class Schedule for Term 3 2020 is now available. Although face-to-face classes are currently suspended, please enrol in Term 3 so that you can continue to receive class information by email or participate in Online Classes if offered by the tutor. Term 3 commences on 13th July finishes on 18th September. Term 2 finishes on Friday 26th June.
To join a new class, enrol through the Class Search page by clicking on the Enrol button, or contact the tutor directly by email or phone. If you book online you may assume your enrolment is accepted unless the tutor advises otherwise.
If you are currently enrolled in a Term 2 class that you wish to continue attending in Term 3, you can use the Member Dashboard to re-enrol.
HOW TO MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION
A number of members have enquired about making a financial contribution to U3A during the period of suspension of face-to-face classes. Although U3A Brisbane is in a good financial position at present, we have substantial ongoing fixed costs which would normally be covered by class fees. We are taking various measures to minimize the impact of these costs but, given the uncertainty about how long the current situation will last, it would help if members would be willing to make a voluntary contribution.
Please note that any payments you make are NOT tax-deductible, as U3As do not qualify for Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.
You can make a contribution to U3A Brisbane by either credit card, PayPal or bank transfer here:
We are recommending Zoom videoconferencing to all tutors to continue classes online while face-to-face classes are suspended. A number of tutors are successfully running their classes online and more will start in Term 2. This facility will not be appropriate to all classes but should suit those classes where presentations are typically made. It is very easy to use and we encourage all members to join these sessions online when invited by the tutor.
Zoom - Student Instructions
Zoom - Tutor Instructions
Email Discussion Groups
U3A Brisbane is also recommending that tutors consider setting up an Email Discussion Group. This enables class members to join the group for interactive discussion.
Discussion Group Instructions (for tutors)
Updated: 26th April 2020
Current advice can be summarised as:
Protect yourself and others by staying home. Stop the spread by practicing good hygiene and social distancing.
Please read these advisory documents for detailed advice:
Coronavirus (COVID-19), Qld Health
Coronavirus (COVID-19), Australian Government
Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Install the COVIDSafe app on your mobile phone
The ABC Coronavirus website is an excellent source of up-to-date information.
2020 Term dates:
U3A Brisbane follows Qld. State School Term dates.