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OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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.


Events
8th February 2019: Down the Drain, an in-depth study of the history of London's drainage right through to the current Tideway Project. Sorry, this is now sold out.  


2019 LRU3A Summer School — Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th July 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 27 different talks, five workshops, and six guided walks around the City of London. This year, we are including some talks which will explore the theme: “Celebration of the Sea”.

Poster details here. Online and postal booking will be launched mid-February via the London Region website here.

MEMBERS CAN REGISTER NOW TO RECEIVE PROGRAMME DETAILS IN ADVANCE via email to: ccris@waitrose.com.

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:

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
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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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