Information for Tutors
Thinking of being a Tutor at U3A?
We welcome new Tutors with open arms! Tutors are vital to U3A Brisbane. We would not exist without them. If you have been thinking of becoming a tutor or starting a discussion group, please come along to our next information session, or enquire to the appropriate Coordinator listed below. There is an information session for prospective tutors usually at the beginning of each year at one of our City Campus venues. For information on tutoring at the City Campus (Creek St or Adelaide St), please contact our Tutor Liaison Officer, Gail Hawkins, by email at:
or, for computer classes contact Peter Jones at:
If you are interested in tutoring in one of the U3A Brisbane Districts, please contact the appropriate District Coordinator as follows:
|City Precinct||Rod McLaryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Westside||Gabrielle Power Westemail@example.com|
|Logan: Bernadette Ketter
|City Precinct: Rod McLary
|Northside: Rod McLary
|Southside: Pat Collins
|Westside: Gabrielle Power West
|Wynnum: Chris Hobbs
Information on classes currently offered in each area is available on our Class Details page.
Please complete the Tutor application form if you wish to teach classes at U3A Brisbane.
COVID Safe PlansU3A Brisbane is required to have COVID-19 Safety plans in place if we are to offer any face-to-face classes. The Management Committee has decided that we won't be offering any face-to-face classes in the two City Campus venues in Term 4 2020, but selected district classes may operate if the conditions of the COVID Safe Plans can be met. These plans are now available, and tutors should contact the relevant District Coordinator (as shown above) if you wish to conduct a face-to-face class.
COVID Safe Plan - City Campus Classes
COVID Safe Plan - Indoor District Classes
COVID Safe Plan - Outdoor District Classes
For tutors, the process to commence a District face-to-face class is as follows:
The following documents provide detailed information about tutoring at U3A Brisbane:
Tutor Guidelines - City Campus
Tutor Guidelines - Districts
Guidelines for acceptable types of class
- No class, or class-associated activities, should be used to advertise goods or services in which a tutor or class member has any financial interest.
- Where religion is involved in the subject-matter of a course, the only acceptable treatment is through comparative religion. There should be no classes that advocate a particular religion or ideology and there should be no proselytising.
- The only classes dealing with health or nutrition that can be accepted are those run by people with recognised formal qualifications in those fields.
- Classes on alternative or controversial subjects should be examined by the Management Committee or its appointed representatives before being allowed.
- Any tutor who, in the judgment of the Management Committee, causes concern with class content will be required to submit a plan setting out the subject to be taught and how contentious issues will be addressed in class. This should go to the Management Committee for consideration and approval.
Code of Conduct
All tutors should be aware of U3A Brisbane's Code of Conduct, and should refer members to the Code where appropriate.
Code of Conduct
Tutor facilities on website
Our website includes extensive secure facilities for tutors to manage their class lists and published class information. Register using the Website Registration option in the lower navigation menu above to obtain a login password. Detailed instructions are available under the Tutor Menu once you have logged in. For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutors should read the Managing Enrolments page for information about restricting enrolments by either setting Class Full, or by setting a Class Size limit.
We encourage Tutors to run online Zoom classes as an alternative to face-to-face classes. U3A Brisbane can provide professional Zoom Education licenses to tutors who require them. The licence allows Zoom session hosting with up to 100 attendees with no time limit. See our Running Classes Online page for more information.
U3A Brisbane has a Discussion Forum, mainly intended for members to discuss class content with each other. In order to access the forum, students need to firstly:
Register a username and password via Website Registration. They need to respond to the security email otherwise the password won't be registered. Passwords can be re-set via the same process.
To access the Forum, once username and password have been registered:
1. Login via the login window at top right of home page.
2. Go to the Tutors or Members menu and select Discussion Forum.
Tutors may request a new Forum Category for their class. See Discussion Forum explanatory page for more information.
Insurance Cover and Workplace Health and Safety Policy
Details of U3A Brisbane's insurance cover and Workplace Health and Safety Policy are explained below. Tutors should familiarise themselves with this information.
Insurance Cover and Workplace Health and Safety
City Campus Room Capacities
The following room capacity figures show the maximum number of students (in addition to the Tutor) permitted in each room under our COVID Safe Plan. See Floor Plans below for an indication of room sizes. These are updated limits applying from Term 1 2022.
Audiovisual (AV) aids
U3A Brisbane provides modern electronic teaching aids at its major venues. Whiteboards are also available in all rooms.
97 Creek St
Room 3 - Windows tower PC running Windows 10 with 65" digital screen.
Room 4 - Large 60" TV screen with HDMI and VGA inputs, Windows PC, DVD player.
Room 5/6 - Windows laptop with 75" digital screen.
Computer Lab - Windows PC with 85" digital screen, 10 student PCs running Windows 10,
An Apple TV is available for wireless presentations from Apple devices (e.g. iPads).
232 Adelaide St
7 rooms (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18) are equipped with the following:
- Windows 10 laptop with MS Office 2016, inbuilt DVD player.
- large flat panel screen (65" or 75") with HDMI and VGA inputs. Standard input is HDMI.
Apple TVs (for wireless presentations with Apple devices) and DVD players are available from the office if required.
A Document Camera is available to project documents, books etc. on the large screen. See Using the Document Camera for instructions.
Adelaide St Floor Plan
Adelaide St Audiovisual Instructions
Adelaide St Room 16 Soundbar Instructions
Creek St Floor Plan
Logan North Library
Large screen TV with HDMI and VGA inputs
For details of AV aids available at other district venues please contact the relevant District Coordinator. For help with audiovisual equipment please email: email@example.com
If any of your students need advice on Accessibility, please refer them to our Accessibility page, which is linked from the Location page on the top website menu.
For environmental reasons, Tutors are encouraged to distribute class material by email in PDF format wherever possible. If you must have paper copies, classes held in the City Campus venues have a copying allowance of $50 per class per term. Copies in excess of that allowance are charged at 10c per page black and white, or 20c per page colour. Tutors are expected to do their own copying on the Canon copier at either Creek St or Adelaide St. Please contact the office manager to obtain a PIN for the copiers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Use of copyrighted material
U3A Brisbane holds licenses from Copyright Agency Ltd and OneMusic (formerly APRA AMCOS) allowing the reproduction of copyrighted material in class for educational purposes. For detailed information see our Copyright page.
Term dates 2021:
2022 Term dates: