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About U3AC


The University of the Third Age in Cambridge is an independent self-financing organisation that was founded in 1982. Its aim is to provide educational and social activities to those no longer in full-time employment and as such there are no age restrictions.


Most of the tutors are themselves members. Other members arrange visits to museums, galleries, theatres and concerts and occasionally organise short trips in this country and longer tours abroad.


A revised constitution in the spring of 2007 enabled us to offer an even wider range of courses and activities, hence the formal change of name to The University of the Third Age in Cambridge (2007).


The U3AC is very much run by the members themselves so there is a continuing need for help with various activities. In particular there is a need for more members to teach a class or lead a group. If you would be willing to help in this or any other way please fill in the ‘Helping’ section of the application form or get in touch with The Office.

Read more about U3AC

Latest Courses

Details of courses arranged after the printing of the Programme can be found in the Weekly Bulletin

Become a Member


How do I join the U3AC?

To join U3AC and/or enrol for classes please fill in the application form which accompanies the Programme and send with your payment of £74 plus any additional course fee as shown in the Programme, plus an enrolment fee of £5 for new members.
When you have received your confirmation letter and membership card you may start to attend courses.

What does the annual subscription include?

The annual subscription of £74 is the fee to become a member of the organisation; it is not a payment for classes. Membership entitles you to attend the Wednesday lectures, to apply for up to 6 classes and the opportunity to apply for various visits that are arranged throughout the year.

When is the best time to Join?

The best time to join us is when the annual programme is published at the end of June. If you let us have your name and address we will post it to you.

Can I join at any time?

Yes, of course, you are welcome to join at any time during the year but once allocation has taken place in August some courses become full; it is best to contact us about vacancies before actually applying.

How do I get a programme?

To request the programme, or to make enquiries please email us.

Weekly Bulletin

Click on the link below to read the latest news and events from U3AC.

(Weekly bulletins are updated every Wednesday).

View Bulletin


U3AC Needs You

Do you have expertise you would be willing to share with other members?

Would you consider leading a group in your subject?

For further information click here

Courses 2016-2017

The Programme is now available.

Allocation of courses has now taken place.  You may still apply for membership or renew your membership HERE but you may wish to check vacancies in courses with the Office first.

Where does our membership live?

A breakdown and map of where members live and travel into Cambridge from can be found HERE

EU conference 16 January 2016

Notes from the conference can be found here
A reading list from the conference can be found here

Application forms for trips and visits

These are on the Downloads page. Forms are only available to members as they contain personal details and you will therefore need to log in to access them.

Notices from Others

Outside Organisations
Volunteers for Research

Latest Films

Tuesday 6 December

the film will be

The Red Shoes

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Latest Lectures

Wednesday Lectures

The next Wednesday Lecture on

7 December


 ‘Alone on a Wide Wide Sea’:Crime, Guilt and Punishment in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

will be given by Melissa Lloyd, literature tutor and U3AC member

View all Wednesday Lectures

Norah Boyce Science Lectures

Please note the new venue for this series of lectures: St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church

The next Norah Boyce Science lecture on

6 December


The work of the International whaling Commission

will be given by Dr Simon Brockington, Chief Executive, International Whaling Commission

View all Norah Boyce Science Lectures


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