Coronavirus/Covid-19: How U3AC is responding

12 January 2021

You will already be aware that this Spring Term all classroom -based courses are taking place online and that face-to-face fitness courses are cancelled.

We have decided that, even if there is a sudden and dramatic improvement in the Covid situation and a lessening of restrictions, our classroom- based courses will remain online until the end of term.

There are two reasons. Firstly, as I have said previously our Bridge Street premises are not currently configured to allow for socially distanced classes. Also, most of our external venues (currently not open at all) have drastically reduced their room capacities and in some cases will only allow one course at a time. This means that many of our courses would no longer be viable.

Secondly, and most importantly, we need to manage our staff workloads to ensure their wellbeing as we start to plan for our next academic year when we expect to be back to face-to-face learning and activities.

As far as fitness courses are concerned. I can only say that we will do what we can when we can. But, like everyone else we can only wait and see.

I am pleased to report that this term we are running several new courses on Zoom , that the Wednesday Lectures continue and that the Norah Boyce Science Lectures are back.

Susan Honeyford, Chair