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.
TERM 2 CLASSES
Class Schedule for Term 2 2019 is now available. Term 1 finishes on Friday 5th April and Term 2 commences on Tuesday 23rd April.
To join a 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.
NEW FEATURE You can now see and update all your current class enrolments, and event bookings such as Winter School, in one convenient dashboard:
NBN INFORMATION SESSIONS
April/May Dates to be Advised
Information sessions are being presented by Greg Taylor and Chris (Nobby) Hobbs so that U3A members can find out more about how the NBN rollout might affect them. If you don't have the NBN already, it will be available in your suburb in the next 12-18 months.
The sessions will answer such questions as:
- What is involved in connecting?
- How do I choose a plan?
- Is connection mandatory?
- How will it affect my home phone?
- What will it cost?
- Are there alternatives?
Note: The 3 sessions held during March were booked out but we will run more sessions in April/May. Dates will be notified to members in eNews.
Notes from the sessions are available on our News page.
SPECIAL EVENT - THE HORNS BY JILL ELFORD
Unfortunately this event originally scheduled for 27th March has been cancelled owing to unforeseen circumstances. We are investigating an alternative date, probably in July.
Jill Elford will be talking about The Horns, the first volume of her Zambesi Trilogy. Jill uses her research tracing the history of the Matabele kings through Cecil Rhodes to Ian Smith’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965 as the foundation to this work of historical fiction which describes the early lives of four playmates – the author and her three best African friends.
Jill is a captivating public speaker with intelligent and well-informed knowledge of modern Zimbabwe. Some of you may recall her talk a few years ago on Beloved African, her biography of John Hammond, who developed a program of education to provide schooling for both blacks and whites and eventually produced many of Zimbabwe’s founding black nationalists.
MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS DUE
Membership renewals for 2019 are now due, and are still only $40 per annum. Paying online is a great help in streamlining our administration. Our online payment system has been in operation for five years and is safe, secure and convenient. To renew online, just go to Membership Renewals. You will be asked for your membership number, surname and credit card number. No password is required for this purpose. You can use only Visa or Mastercard as we cannot accept American Express for online payments. If you have a PayPal account you can also pay by PayPal.
If you prefer to pay by other means, please contact the office Ph. 3236 3055. If you know of anyone interested in joining U3A Brisbane, they can join now and their membership will be current to end of 2019.
Many thanks to our wonderful speakers and to members who attended the 2018 Winter School from 9-14 July. Many of our speakers have kindly agreed to make their presentations available and the first of these are now accessible on our Winter School page. The next Winter School will be held from 8 to 13 July 2019.
2019 Term dates: