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This page lets you know about wider U3A events, and other opportunities that may interest you.

Shared Learning Projects
See the London Region web page for current open SLPs here.


Monday 11 March — Recruiting and Valuing Volunteers — London. Details here. The workshop is aimed at Officers and Committee members, prospective Committee members, and Groups Coordinators (those who manage the groups within the U3A)

Wednesday 27 March at Aston University in Birmingham — First National Study Day for Languages. Details here. This study day is aimed particularly at supporting U3A group convenors to share ideas and best practice. It is seen as a pilot for more such days on different subjects.

Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 July  — Summer School: at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street (easy access: five minutes from Blackfriars underground station). This is the popular annual non-residential event. Members can choose to attend for one, two or three days. There will be a wide range of subjects on the themes of Art, Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Science and Travel — a choice of 28 different talks, four workshops, and six guided walks around the City of London. This year, some talks are included which will explore the theme: “Celebration of the Sea”. Bookings are being taken now. Use these links for further details and application: Programme, Application Form for postal submission, Application on line for on-line application, Poster to publicise the event . Please note that sessions book up quickly, so you are advised to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

October Robo Wars: Date to be finalised yet. See details in: Robots-Flyer and in the rule book here: Robots-TheRules

To find out what else is on across the London Region click here.

Research Projects
As many members wish to volunteer for local organisations or as subjects for university research studies we include these opportunities in the twice monthly Bulletin to members. Specific requests from researchers for support from U3A members are listed here:

Alzheimers Research: we are a research team at University College London planning a study funded by Alzheimers Research UK. This study will help us learn more about how people navigate and, specifically, how peoples' abilities to navigate decline with age. We previously ran this study with a young sample in both Covent Garden and in Paris. Now we aim to replicate this study with an older sample.

We hope some of your members may be interested in participating to help AD research. The study will be run during the day on Tuesdays and consists of playing a few levels of a mobile app game followed by a fun walk around Covent Garden (approximately 40 -50 minutes of walking). Participants will be compensated for their time (and also provided with tea and biscuits before or after). We are reaching out to your organization with the hope that you might find this study to be of interest to some of your members. More information here. If you are interested please use the following contact information:

Sarah Goodroe
M: 07763 870717
E: sarah.goodroe.18@ucl.ac.uk

VOICE is coming to London!  VOICE (Valuing Our Intellectual Capital and Experience) has been running for several years in the north east, in association with Newcastle University and they've just started a partnership with Imperial College in London. The first project is a  two day workshop on 23rd and 24th January about finding solutions for people with dexterity problems — full details in the link here.

There will be more opportunities in the coming months to be involved in research in the London area so do look out for the information if this one isn't appropriate for you.

Developing enjoyable and engaging Audio Resources for Museums and Galleries: The University of Westminster is working in collaboration with the Museum of London. We are looking for research participants over 35 to take part in a two-part study. All participants will be thanked for their time with a £15 Amazon voucher upon completion.

What is the study about?
Although audio guides are offered in many museums and galleries, very little research has looked at people’s experience of audio resources. Researchers from the University of Westminster are looking at experiences of recorded audio for a series of photos, taken from the collections of the Museum of London. We are recruiting research participants and we are interested in all perspectives — whether you visit museums often or never; whether or not you frequently use audio in museums. Your participation will contribute to the development of important understanding about what makes successful audio resources, and about their potential for use more widely across the museum sector.

What will I need to do?
We will present eight photographs to you on a laptop screen and you will listen through headphones. Afterwards, we will ask you some questions about your experience and what you thought of it. This stage should take about an hour. One month later, we will ask you to complete a follow up questionnaire (which you can do at home), again asking about your thoughts and experiences. This questionnaire should take about 20 minutes or so.

Where and when is the study?
The first part of the study will take place at the University of Westminster, Fitzrovia (nearest tube is Goodge Street) and the second part will be emailed. We have dates available to reserve now.

How do I sign up?
Please contact Rachel Hutchinson on r.hutchinson@my.westminster.ac.uk or on 07816244469. Please also feel free to share with friends or family who are over 35 who you think might be interested in participating.

Rachel Hutchinson, Doctoral Researcher, University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish St, London W1W 6UW

Research into general functions and balance: Two PhD students,
Ms Yi-Jia Lin and Ms Viktoria Azoidou, at the Centre for Human and Applied Physiological Sciences, King's College London (who have as common primary supervisor and Chief Investigator of their studies Dr Marousa Pavlou) are currently recruiting for two studies:

Study 1 aims to investigate the effects various factors including cognitive function, dual task ability, physical activity levels, sleep and aging on the ability to perform complex gait tasks with and without simultaneous performance of a secondary task (eg walking while performing a maths task) in healthy adults aged 18-80 years old.

Study 2 aims to investigate the effect of a multifactorial falls rehabilitation programme vs a widely used current exercise programme on falls risk and other factors in adults aged 65 or older who have experienced a fall or are concerned about falling.

Recruitment information here1, here2, here3 and here4.
From U3A National Office
We are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members.  Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you and we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way.  U3A has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate.  If you choose to take part in any study you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity (and not as member of U3A).  You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects.  You should also ensure that you will be insured as part of the study.

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