24 November 2021

What’s on next week


Wednesday 1 December – Wednesday Lecture entitled The ethical case for basic income will be given by Professor Guy Standing

New items


Help needed with hosting Zoom courses

In order to deliver our planned Zoom and hybrid courses next term, we are still in need of a couple of volunteers.
This will entail being in the U3AC premises for a whole day each week (or half a day if two would like to “job-share”) opening and closing the Zoom classes as a host on our licenses.
You will need to have a good understanding of where things are on our website, and also to have attended some Zoom classes.
This will be very much like the volunteering role of the past on the front desk, as a warm and welcoming face to greet members and tutors as they arrive, but with the addition of being on Zoom.

Please email the Office if you are interested.

Wednesday Lecture amendment

Please note that our planned face-to-face lecture on 15 December, ‘Carbon pricing: how and why to do it’, by Michael Pollitt, will now be delivered via Zoom.

Meeting for prospective tutors

Do you have expertise you would be willing to share with other members? Would you consider leading a group in your subject? Members who feel that they might at some stage be willing to offer a course are invited to attend a meeting with members of the Courses Committee to discuss what is involved. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of course leadership on a strictly ‘no commitment’ basis. It will take place on Wednesday 12 January at 10:30am in the U3AC, Pink room. Please contact the Office to book a place.

Reminders – Message from the Chairman


Covid update

As we are half-way through term, now seems a good moment to take stock. Following my message a couple of weeks ago, I’d like to thank you all for your continued compliance with our Covid guidance. The good news is that, while we do not have statistics on incidence of Covid among our members, the staff’s general impression is that the rate of withdrawal from courses is no higher than any other (pre-Covid) term. Nor have we had any reported incidents of members being infectious while attending courses.

Neither of these observations is definitive proof, they are both encouraging signs that what we are doing is helping to protect ourselves, each other, and our staff.

I appreciate that mask wearing during classes is inconvenient, but please continue to do so until such time as you are advised otherwise. Taking a lateral flow test prior to attending classes is also a sensible additional precaution.

Tim Ewbank

Reminders – Courses and lectures


Norah Boyce Lecture amendment

Please note that our planned face-to-face lecture on 7 December, ‘Why calories don’t count’, by Dr Giles Yeo, will now be delivered via Zoom.

Reminders – Events


Christmas Lunch

This year’s U3AC Christmas Lunch on Monday 20 December at 12.30 pm will be hosted by Wildwood Restaurant, below the U3AC premises. Cost: £28 for three courses. Forms are available to print HERE or they can be collected in person from the U3AC office where payment using a credit or debit card should be made. Closing date for applications is Friday 3 December.

CCSO concert

The City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra has a link with U3AC, whereby for one concert each season U3AC benefits financially from tickets sold via the U3AC office. This season the concert will be held on Saturday 4 December at 7.30pm in the West Road Concert Hall. The programme includes Aaron Kurz on piano. For more information about the CCSO please see www.ccso-online.org

Tickets are now on sale from the U3AC Office. Cost £18 adult, £16 concessions. Payment must be made in person using a credit or debit card.

Reminders – Other


Tutor Mentors: information now on the website

The Courses Committee and I are pleased to say that we now have a number of tutors who have volunteered to be tutor mentors. The details about what they are offering in the way of support to other tutors are now on the website. This can be found in the Tutor Support section https://www.u3ac.org.uk/about-courses/running-a-course/

This is a very positive step in providing another form of tutor support and we would like to thank these volunteers on your behalf.

Maggie Balshaw, Director of Studies (Courses), on behalf of the Courses Committee tutor support team

U3AC Film Group – Spring Term 2022

I am delighted to be able to report that almost two years on from our last film the next season of the U3AC Film Group films will recommence in January. Having assessed the responses from the recent consultation, although the responses were fairly divided between the three options offered it was clear that more members supported retaining our traditional Tuesday slot albeit at the higher cost of £45 per term.

The increase in cost still represents very good value for money even compared to the Picturehouse’s Silver Screen presentations. I hope that it will still be possible to show a wide range of classic and world cinema films which will give members a chance to see such films on the big screen and as they were meant to be seen. All our shows will of course be subject to Picturehouse guidelines and any future government policy in respect of Covid-19.

I am currently finalising the choice of films for the Spring Term in conjunction with the Picturehouse central co-ordinator and I hope to give you a further update shortly.

Jeremy Buncombe

Which wader? Talk by Andrew Dobson

The U3AC Bird Club’s talk on Waders by Andrew Dobson was recorded so members who couldn’t make the Zoom session can watch it at their leisure. You’ll find the link on the U3AC website, on LEI 21: Bird Club’s course information page.

Environment group seminar

A recording of the seminar held on 7 October is now available to view on our website: https://www.u3ac.org.uk/social/xtra-groups/environment-group/environment-workshops/

For more information on the Group contact the Chair, Leslie Miller-Bernal, on environmentu3ac@gmail.com

Other organisations

U3AC supports other local organisations by listing their online activities on the Other Organisations page of our website https://www.u3ac.org.uk/social/other-organisations/