9 September 2020

Chair’s message

While Cambridge is much more busy and children are back to school (hurrah!) there is still a feeling of anxiety and uncertainty. Numbers of cases seem to be going up. University students will return in a few weeks’ time.

But, while the phones are busy, calmness prevails in the U3AC office. This period, after course allocations and before the beginning of term, is a relatively quiet time for U3AC. Nevertheless, in a normal year, the office is lively with visits from members with questions, tutors coming in to sort out final details, people making last-minute membership applications, and so on. I know the staff are all missing seeing members in person.

A quick word on the website – work is continuing to iron out remaining snafus, glitches etc. It will be completed soon. Our apologies if you have had problems with it.

Susan Honeyford, Chair


Beginner’s guide to using Zoom

For course participants we have produced a Users’ Guide (here) which we hope will be helpful.

Environment Group

The environment group would benefit from having new committee members. We have regular meetings and prepare and host an annual seminar open to the wider U3AC membership.

If you are interested in protecting the environment, contact the group at environmentu3ac@gmail.com

To view presentations from previous seminars, and upcoming local events, visit our website. https://www.u3ac.org.uk/social/xtra-groups/environment-group/

Tutor Support Handbook (TSH)

A small team of Courses Committee members and Office staff has produced a ‘Tutor Support Handbook’ that is intended to be a resource to all of our tutors and indeed any members who might be thinking of starting to teach a course in the near future.

It is meant as a resource for you to dip into, not to read from cover to cover, though there is absolutely nothing to stop you from doing that!  The Tutor Support Handbook can be found here.

Maggie Balshaw, Director of Studies (Courses)

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/