Lifelong learning

If you are not a member of our u3a and would like to join, please click here. Lifelong learning is an area of particular relevance to U3As. We have several groups in this faculty, details of which can be viewed using the buttons at the foot of the page. We hope there will be a few that appeal to you. 

To contact the leaders for the two groups below directly, please send an email as follows:

Environment and Us group -

Literature group -

If you would like to contact the leader of any other group, please use the Contact us form. Your enquiry will then be forwarded to the leader of the group in question.

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Science and technology

Our friendly meetings cover a wide range of topics presented by members of the group, with some visiting speakers. Whilst the presentations will have some technical content, the speakers know that audience members will rarely have specific knowledge of their field, so presentations are never difficult to understand.  Hence, you just have to have an interest in science/technology to enjoy them.  

Recent presentations covered:

  • DNA in genealogy

  • Galaxies, quasars, and the Big Bang

  • 50+ years of high-speed trains around the world

  • The development of radar

  • Route-guidance and route-planning

We also enjoy some interesting visits to sites (e.g. research centres) related to our studies.  Recent visits have included:

  • the Diamond Light Source at Harwell 

  • the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, near St Albans

Current Activity

We hold meetings in a face-to-face environment at Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke, where there is free parking.  Our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, starting at 10.00am, with coffee and tea available from 9.45am.  Click here for maps and direction.

We have been doing face to face meetings, with Zoom for those who prefer not to attend.  We record the sessions so that those who may not be able to attend in person can view them later. About 25 have attended face to face and 4 attending via Zoom, or recording. 

Due to the high Covid rate in Basingstoke, all attendees are being asked to wear a face mask while at the meeting and to take an LTF before the meeting.

Our aim is to for the presentation to last about 45-50 minutes, with time for questions afterwards.  Also, there is the opportunity to chat with colleagues and the presenter before and after the presentation.  

A full programme of speakers has been arranged for 2022, but if you have a topic that will be of interest to this group, please let one of the group leaders know and we will aim to fit your presentation into the schedule.

Upcoming 2022 presentations:

  • 3rd May:  a history of CERN

  • 7th June: Herb plants and their properties

  • 5th July:  Climate change

Members of the S&T group receive an email reminder about a week before each presentation, giving details of the venue (a room in Queen Mary College), the speaker and the presentation. 

Venue: Queen Mary's College, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3HF

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Date: 1st Tuesday of the month

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Links to the groups: