Welcome to the National Summer Schools’ Residential study programme for 2019.

This year we have two schools, held in August and September, providing an exciting programme covering 20 courses. There is a wide range of subjects on offer including Opera, Italian, Cryptic Crosswords, Creative Writing, Art History, English Poetry and International Films.

This is only possible because our tutors – who are members of U3As from across the UK – bring with them an impressive array of experience and knowledge. They give up a significant amount of their time to provide attendees with a high quality, active learning experience which is both participatory and enjoyable.

Summer School History

Exactly 21 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.

A year later 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.

Summer Schools are a wonderful example of the peer to peer learning model which U3A has helped to pioneer. U3A members learn from each other in a hands-on-learning experience. Residential study also gives students the opportunity to spread their learning over four days, meet with members from other U3As and share knowledge and experience.