8 September 2021

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Covid guidance for Autumn term

As mentioned in the recent newsletter, the Council has developed guidance notes for staff and members to use when term restarts with face-to-face classes in Bridge Street. These are based on government guidance, tempered for our specific circumstances. The over-arching principle is of our taking collective responsibility for protecting ourselves and fellow members by observing sensible precautions.

One specific point I would like to clarify is why we will not be observing social distancing in classes. Firstly, social distancing is no longer mandated; cinemas & theatres are open. Secondly, if our classrooms were socially distanced it would reduce the number of places on each course by roughly half, which would substantially reduce the chances of getting your requested courses.

However, steps have been taken to improve the ventilation (openable windows in all classrooms and upgraded air conditioning) Also, we have reduced the numbers for each room to some degree.

The guidance notes can be found on our website https://www.u3ac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Covid-guidance-8.9.21.pdf

Pat testing

Are you intending using your laptop or electronic device in the U3AC premises?  These items cannot be plugged into the mains unless they have first been PAT tested.  (If you are only using them on battery you do not need them tested.)

We have arranged for any equipment you wish to use at any point in the academic year to be PAT tested on Thursday 23 September from 11 am – 12 noon so please bring in your equipment then. Please be aware you may need to wait as there might be a queue.

Allocation letters

Allocation letters have now been sent to members by post, if you have not yet received yours please contact us.

Vacancy list

The list of courses with vacancies is on the homepage of the U3AC website and is updated regularly. To apply for a course, contact the Office, preferably by email.

Reminders – Courses, talks and seminars

Environment group seminar

The Environment group will be holding a seminar entitled “The Glasgow International Climate Change Conference (COP26): What Can we Expect?” on Thursday 7 October from 10.00 – 12.30 by Zoom.

Two invited speakers, Dr Helen Adams – Senior Lecturer, Kings College London and Head of Scientific Engagement, COP26, in the Cabinet Office; and Dr Alison Ming – Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge University and co-coordinator of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Science, will discuss why COP26 is so important and what we hope to achieve from this international gathering in November. Seminar participants will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers.

Please contact the U3AC office if you wish to attend in order to receive the Zoom link.

Reminders – General

Refurbished premises

For those who missed the members’ viewing day, we displayed a time-line of pictures. We have put some of these onto the website for you to see. Please click here to view them.

Reminders – Other

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/