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The development of new groups depends entirely on the talents and creativity of Islington U3A members. We welcome considered proposals for new groups and will help you research them to see if there is a core of interest amongst iU3A members.

New Groups or Courses
Now that the initial shock of Covid Lockdown is fading we can take stock of what new groups could enrich our lives — lives rather different from a few months ago.

  • Is there a new subject you would like to explore?
  • Are you wondering about enrolling on an online course and might enjoy some co-learners?
  • Would you enjoy a regular chat about local news?
If so, do contact Valerie Iles at

If you are participating in an online course with other iU3a members but have not registered it as a group on Beacon please let us know about it at

Ulysses: we hope to get another book group off the ground soon. This one will be rather specialised looking at James Joyce's Ulysses. It will be led by a subject expert in an informal way (for more information look here), and will need to start as an online Zoom group but could move to a member's home in due course. If you would like to be part of this exciting journey please contact Russell at

Economics For People: this is a six-week online course with a start date of 22 September which explains key concepts in economics, empowering anyone to hold their government, society, and economy accountable. It consists of 12 lectures by Ha-Joon Chang of Cambridge University and author of “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism”. Each lecture lasts between 25 - 50 minutes each and takes us through a series of important economic questions relevant to modern society as well as their institutional and historical context. Dr Chang shows us how the simple assumptions or prescriptions of conventional economics have only a very limited grasp of these topics, and have often guided policy in the wrong direction. He vividly demonstrates the importance of taking a pluralistic approach to major economic challenges like technological change, economic development, inequality, financial crises, climate change, etc. His basic hypothesis is that economics cannot explain everything and economists need to be a lot more humble.

How the iU3A group will ‘meet’: Participants will all follow the course materials online individually at the rate of two lectures per week. 1-2 hours or so is the time you should expect to allot to the material each week, which is free to access. They will also share short comments by email, and hold a weekly discussion using Zoom. Further information here. If you would like to join us in exploring this important topic, please email Helena, who will be facilitating the weekly discussions.
To join this course please email Vivek at

Old Groups in New Ways
For those ‘meeting’ on Zoom we are offering the option of ‘hybrid’ meetings where some members meet together in a socially-distanceable space and others will join from their homes. If you would like your group to meet in this way, or if you would like to join a group that is meeting in this way, please contact Vivek Nanda at


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