7 April 2021

What’s on next week

Summer Term

The Summer term will commence on Monday 12 April.


Wednesday 14 April – Wednesday Lecture – The climate emergency: Why we need climate repair will be given by Professor Sir David King


Every Thursday 3.00 – 4.00 – Thursday Afternoon Chat (starting 15 April)

Do you miss meeting and chatting to other U3AC members? Everyone is a bit isolated at the moment so if you’d like to say hello to fellow members we’ve set up an informal Thursday afternoon session from 3.00 – 4.00 pm on Zoom. Please feel free to ‘pop in’. One of our members will host this every week – there’s no booking required. Please do come and bring a cuppa!

Click HERE for the link or open Zoom and enter Meeting ID: 873 7868 1648 Passcode: 374649

New Items

Norah Boyce Lectures

The first lecture of the term will be on Tuesday 27 April.

One-off talk – Please email the Office to enrol

Title: Scam awareness

Speaker: Charlotte Homent

Date and time: Thursday 29 April 10:30 – 12:00

Places: 100

Venue: Zoom – video conference

The Community Protection team works across Cambridge and Peterborough to spread awareness of how our residents can protect themselves, their family and friends from scams, whether these arrive on the phone, online, in the post, or on the doorstep. Scammers are very devious, constantly dreaming up new ways to take our money. But this talk will help you stay one step ahead, by looking at how to spot the signs of a scam and at simple measures each of us can take to reduce the chances of being scammed, along with what to do if you, or someone you know, has fallen for one.

Please note: this talk is being run by The Community Protection team, part of the Think Communities team at Cambridgeshire County Council. Charlotte is the Community Protection Manager and leads the Cambridgeshire Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP)

New course – Please email the Office to enrol

SCE 31: First Footing: how life colonised the land?

Tutor: Douglas Palmer

Day and time: Tuesday 10.30 – 11.30

Venue: Zoom – video conference

Length of course: 1 term. Summer (3 weeks)

Places: 100

Start date: 20 April

Three talks describing how, when and who first colonised Earth’s landscapes. After some 4 billion years of soil-less and lifeless landscapes, primitive plants slowly greened the land along with their evolving communities of animals. Our understanding of how it took around 200 million years for life to spread from shorelines to highlands has developed enormously over the last few decades. Because of the plate tectonic history of the British Isles, our geological record and the geologists who have investigated the rocks and fossils have played an important role in understanding ‘First Footing’ in the history of life.

Format: Lecture

About me: I am a sciencewriter (mainly books on earth science and palaeontology) and palaeontologist and work part-time for the Sedgwick Museum.

Course feedback

Thank you to all members who completed the feedback survey for courses that finished last term. The response rate was 65%and reports have now been sent to the individual tutors. Thank you to all the tutors for their time in preparing and adapting their materials to online delivery.


Art exhibition

ART02 have created an online Art exhibition of their work over the past term. Please click the link to view it Anything Goes ART02 Spring Exhibition

Course proposals for next year

Members have made suggestions of courses they would like to see in next year’s Course Programme, The list can be found here https://www.u3ac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Course-Gaps-identified-March-2021.pdf

Please contact the Office if you would like to offer a course on one of these or indeed any subject. Closing date for proposals is 16 April.

Art exhibition

ART10 have created an online Art exhibition of their work over the past term. Please click the link to view it https://www.u3ac.org.uk/art-10-painting-group-art-exhibition-2021/

Hobsons Conduit

The very popular talk on Hobsons Conduit: Cambridge’s unique watercourse by Howard Slatter is now available to view on the U3AC website https://www.u3ac.org.uk/lectures/

Help needed

We are looking for some additional help with running some of our future zoom sessions.

This will entail being in the U3AC premises for a whole day, opening and closing Zoom classes as a host on one or more of 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.

Abstract Art

The Abstract Art Class has had a busy term creating art inspired by various themes, one of which was ‘Art in the Landscape’. We hope you enjoy the pieces of work included on this website https://sites.google.com/view/in-the-landscape/home

Environment Group

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Native American Proverb.

If you would like to find out more about what you can do to make a difference, visit the Environment Group webpage on the U3AC website to see PowerPoint presentations of this year’s and previous years’ seminars; articles and up-coming events. https://www.u3ac.org.uk/social/xtra-groups/environment-group/

Other Organisations

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