About Us

What Is U3A?

U3A is a self-help educational organisation open to anyone no longer in full-time employment who wishes to keep the brain alive and active after middle age by taking part in all kinds of educational, creative and leisure activities.  The strapline above - "Learn, Laugh, Live" - sums up what we are really all about.

U3A consists of a nationwide network of autonomous bodies which are recognized for their contribution to adult education.
To see the Guide for Members click here.
For the the National U3A website click here.

What is Bracknell Forest U3A (BFU3A)?

Bracknell Forest U3A is a member of the Third Age Trust, a national registered charity which is the national representative body for the U3A movement in the UK and provides a range of support services to the local U3As.

Bracknell Forest U3A was formed in January 2001 at a public meeting of approximately 80 people. Current membership is over 550.

How Does It Work?

Very simply put it is based on the idea that 'You teach me - I teach you.'
We all come to learn: some of us - but by no means all - are willing to teach,
but we all contribute to our chosen study groups. There are occasional outside speakers.

Must I Be Qualified To Join?

No, you only have to have the desire to learn. There are no entry qualifications (except that you are no longer in full-time employment) and there are no barriers.
We are all volunteers so the annual subscription is kept to a minimum.

Are There Exams?

Everything is delightfully informal.
we just learn for the pleasure of learning without worrying about tests.

How Do I Find Out More?

If you have questions you can select the "Membership" tab above and send us an email.
Alternatively come along to our next Open Meeting and talk to us;
just click on "Open Meeting Diary" for details of our next open meeting.

Bracknell U3A Publicity Event

In 2018 we took part in a Community Expo event in the Bracknell area.
For a brief outline of the event, including photos and a short video by our Chair and Vice-Chair,
 click here.
Just in case you really want to know, U3A stands for "University of the Third Age", but dont worry if this sounds rather academic! As explained above there are no qualifications to join and no exams. Just come along and enjoy learning in good company.