Welcome to Carmarthen U3A

Carmarthen U3A is a lively and friendly organisation, part of the worldwide University of the Third Age U3A, enabling members to share many learning, creative and leisure activities.
No formal qualifications are required to join and none are given. It’s not an academic institution which awards degrees. The term ‘University’ in the title is used in its original sense (i.e. groups of people wishing to study or discuss a subject).
Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!
Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them, they are all members of U3A.


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About Us

The Beginning

In 1981, Cambridge University academic Peter Laslett hosted a conference in Cambridge to discuss the possibility of bringing the U3A to Britain. The conference attracted the social entrepreneur Michael Young, whose many initiatives include the Consumers Association and the Open University. It also produced an invitation from the BBC for Eric Midwinter, director of the Centre for Policy on Ageing, to be interviewed on the radio programme You and Yours on July 22 1981. That short interview was the first chance anyone outside a small circle of educationalists had to hear about the U3A.