Come and join us at National Summer School

Our popular National Summer Schools are back with a new exciting programme for 2020.

National Events Coordinator, Julie Travers said, The two schools, held in August and September, offer you a wide range of interests to choose from – with new subjects like Weather & Climate, Paintings and World War 2 – and some firm favourites such as Garden History, Philosophy and Cryptic Crosswords. But whatever you choose, the residential nature of the summer schools mean you’ll have more opportunity to explore a subject that interests you in much greater detail - learning with colleagues in a friendly and congenial atmosphere. None of this would be possible without our amazing tutors – all members of U3As from across the UK - who have a wealth of knowledge and understanding of their subjects combined with a real passion to share it with other members. Tutors give up a lot of their time to make sure you enjoy a high quality learning experience which is both participatory and enjoyable”.

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How did it all come about?
Over 20 years ago (1998), the U3A Standing Committee for Education (SCE) came up with the idea of organising a national Summer School programme to provide U3A members with the opportunity to take their learning into a residential setting.
Phyllis Babb (Sarum U3A), a member of the SCE, organised the first Summer School in York and soon the national Summer School became a regular feature of the Third Age Trust’s active learning programme. It has been so successful that the model was replicated regionally across the UK.

I came away with a renewed enthusiasm for the subject, due in no small part to meeting interesting new people. I feel much enriched”. - Jennie Woodman (Burntwood U3A) linguistics course, Aston University Summer School 2019

The “high” of having been part of something so wonderful as a summer school tutor team will stay with you for a long time after- Ursula Steiger (Canterbury and District U3A)

An experience to remember
Summer Schools are a wonderful example of members learning from each other – a peer to peer learning model which U3A has helped to pioneer. As a Summer School student you can learn in a hands-on way, meet others who are also interested in your subject and share experience. Why not give it a go?