27 - 29 August



Welcome to the Conference and AGM 2019.

Together we will be sharing our views, ideas and experience in this year's conference "Sharing Inspiring Learning". With workshops focusing on lifelong learning, managing new educational resources, finance  for charities, and supporting the growth and development of U3As, there will opportunity to discuss, debate and enjoy the views of colleagues across the movement. There will also be some free time to share interests such as singing, ukulele playing, walking and many other choices. Please join us for the conference and enjoy time with U3A members from across the movement.

Please come and join the discussion.

Residential and non-residential options for Conference are available; costs range from £115.00 to £325.00 (This includes AGM day)
AGM Day only tickets are also available.


Video recordings of the auditorium sessions are now available via our YouTube channel or below (click on the three bars to the right to see a playlist of the sessions)


14.00: Registration Opens

Registration in the Atrium of the East Midlands Conference Centre. Lunch is available for purchase from the adjacent Orchard Hotel for delegates who arrive earlier.

Hotel Rooms are available from 14:00. Student rooms will be available from 15:00

16.00: Welcome

Welcome address in the Auditorium.

17.00: Regional Meetings

Located throughout the Conference Centre.

18.00: Bar

Bar opens.

19.30: Dinner

Dinner in the Banqueting Suite

21:00: U3A Quiz

Hosted by Chris Wright of Madeley & District U3A and Subject Adviser for Quizzes

from 07.00: Breakfast

Breakfast for residential delegates. Breakfast is served in the dining hall of Rutland Student Accommodation, and Bramleys Brasserie for Orchard Hotel.

09.00: Welcome

Welcome address in the Auditorium.

  • Chair's welcome

09.30: Workshop session

Workshop session 1 (90 minutes).

11.00: Coffee

Served in the Banqueting Suite.

11.30: Workshop session

Workshop session 2 (90 minutes).

13.00: Lunch

Served in the Banqueting Suite.

14.15: Workshop session

Workshop session 3 (90 minutes).

15.45: Tea

Served in the Banqueting Suite.

16.15: Pursuits

Pursuits session - pre-booking not required (75 minutes):

  • Woollaton Walk
  • Beacon 'drop-in'
  • Ukulele
  • Magic!
  • Chair yoga
  • Mahjong
  • Maths and stats
  • Japanese Encounters
  • Mindfulness

19.15: Reception

Drinks reception in the Atrium.

20.00: Dinner et al

Dinner in the Banqueting Suite, followed by Francis Beckett, Retiring Editor of Third Age Matters Magazine.

Ukulele Jam session to follow (optional).

from 07.00: Breakfast

Breakfast for residential delegates. Breakfast is served in the dining hall of Rutland Student Accommodation, and Bramleys Brasserie for Orchard Hotel.

08.30: Registration

For AGM-only delegates arriving on Thursday.

09.30: Speaker

Ernie Rea - 'The Medici, Florence and the Golden Age of Art'

10.45: Coffee

Served in the Banqueting Suite.

11.15: AGM

36th Annual General Meeting of the Third Age Trust in the Auditorium.

12.30: Lunch

Served in the Banqueting Suite.

14.00: Plenary Session

Session on the Development Plan in the AuditoriumThird Age Trust Trading, Trust Support and Beacon Upgrade 

16:00: Conference Closes

A taxi rank will be available from approximately 15:30.


East Midlands Conference Centre

Set in the tranquil grounds of Nottingham University, the UK’s greenest campus, the EMCC offers professional conference facilities in the perfect location.

Orchard Hotel

Adjacent to the conference centre, the Orchard Hotel offers a four-star experience to guests. Student accommodation is also available.


Conveniently and centrally located, Nottingham is easily accessible by road, rail, air and canal. The University Park campus is a 10-minute bus ride from the city centre, and free parking is available onsite.


The conference centre and hotel are fully wheelchair accessible, and the halls have accessible rooms available.

In the conference centre, there are accessible loos and parking spaces, and the auditorium is equipped with a hearing aid loop.

Conference in numbers



Please ensure you have looked at our workshops page before booking,

as for some ticket types you will be asked to confirm which workshops you wish to attend.

You can also register by calling the national office on 0208 466 6139.