About us

The University of the Third Age (U3A) encourages older people to keep active minds by discovering the pleasure of learning in friendly surroundings. The first U3A was established in the UK in 1982 and there are now over 1,000 U3As and over 366,000 members. Currently there are 47 U3As in Scotland, with over 7,000 members.

What or when is the Third Age?
U3A describes it as coming after the ‘first age’ of youthful growth and education and the ‘second age’ of maturity, career and/or home making and child care responsibility. Members are often retired but there is no age limit. The only specification is that members should no longer be in full-time employment.

Do you need any qualifications to join?
No, none are required and none are given. U3A is not an institution but a social co-operative where members share their knowledge and experience with each other on a wide range of subjects on a voluntary basis.

What does Forth Valley U3A cover?
Forth Valley U3A (FVU3A for short) was set up in 2004. It is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation managed by a Board of Charity Trustees. There are over 450 members, mainly from Stirlingshire or Clackmannanshire. The main objectives are:

• to advance the education of the public and in particular the education of older people no longer in full employment in the Forth Valley and its surrounding locality

• to provide facilities for leisure time and recreational activities with the object of improving the conditions of life of the above persons in the interests of their social welfare.

The area covered by Forth Valley U3A is shown in the following map:

Forth Valley