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Courses can include foreign languages, jazz and classical music, history, belly dancing, literature, environmental and other current issues, travel, chess, Tai Chi, family history, computer groups and book groups. Courses depend on the availability of course leaders. As well as a wide range of courses U3A also has social events like excursions, monthly lunches and coffee mornings.
Each member must assess their own circumstances to determine if they should attend face-to-face courses. If you choose in-person courses, please read the parts of our COVID Safety Plan relevant to the venue of your course.
We use the word university in the context of a community of teachers and scholars that relates to the derivation from the Latin “universitas magistrorum et scholarium”. U3A has evolved into a community that provides its own courses and other social activities using, in the main, member tutors and leaders, who volunteer their skills, knowledge, interests and life experiences to provide classes for their fellow members.
>The nature of the course depends on the course leader but generally courses are relaxed and informal so members can enjoy learning with people their own age and similar interests. There are no exams.
Zoom is an online application which enables users to ‘join’ a meeting with others on their phone, computer, tablet or laptop. Participants can see and hear each other on their device screen in a virtual class setting. The Tutor can also share slide presentations, video clips or texts on their screen with participants as they teach, or ask questions of the class participants. To join the meeting participants sign in to Zoom on their device, enter the meeting ID number and passcode sent to them by email. Newcastle U3A has developed guidelines on how to Setup your device to securely use Zoom and on Zoom etiquette. This includes instructions on how to mute background noise, vote or chat online. We also offer assistance if you are having difficulty with setup or action.