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

Shared Learning Projects
Old Hampstead Town Hall
In collaboration with Wac Arts, who are the current owners of Hampstead Old Town Hall, we are planning to investigate the building's history and architecture and the famous people associated with it. There is a two page flyer with all the information on it - most of the relevant dates being on the second page ... so keep going: SLP Old Hampstead Town Hall Flyer. The project will run from January to March 2019. There will be an introductory meeting at the Old Town Hall on Tuesday 11th December at 11.00am. Brian Levy will lead the project and is happy to answer any queries you may have. You can contact him at: brianglevy5@gmail.com An application form is on the website here: SLP Old Hampstead Application Form or available from: jo.walters.slp@gmail.com

Citizens 800 SLP — Suffragette Militancy — Research Retreat Day: This is part of the new programme for Citizens 800 a U3A Shared Learning Project with Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham in Surrey. If you click on this link you can then go to the page devoted to U3A: Citizens 800

During 2017 and 2018 U3A researchers sent in pieces of information about individuals in their community who had contributed to the history of liberty and reform and articles about local instances of protest and rebellion. Examples of these can be seen on the website. It has been a very good project and many contributions from U3A members have been used, although there were some delays in Royal Holloway dealing with members' contributions.

The next phase of the project is to offer Research Days to U3A members. This first one will be looking into newspaper archives about Suffragettes. It takes place at Royal Holloway on Wednesday 7th November from 12 noon until 4.30 pm. This session will provide an insight into using newspaper archives and the findings will eventually feed into the open online course "Beyond the Ballot". Lunch is provided. Please see attached flyer: Suffragette Militancy by Dr. Matthew Smith, the Royal Holloway lead on Citizens 800. For further information please email Jennifer Simpson, U3A National Shared Learning Project Coordinator jennifer.simpson176@gmail.com

Charterhouse — Great Chamber The project underlines the Charterhouse’s commitment to sharing its heritage assets with the public in a way that maximises public engagement and enjoyment. See more information here: SLP Charterhouse Grt Chamber-Exec Sum or here:SLP Charterhouse Grt Chamber-Flyer. THIS SLP IS ONLY OPEN TO MEMBERS OF ISLINGTON U3A. If you are interested please complete an application and email it off (address in the form) here: SLP Charterhouse Grt Chamber-Application

To find out what’s on across the London Region click here.

8th February 2019:
The U3A Network for South East Greater London and the London Metropolitan Archives present: Down the Drain, an in-depth study of the history of London's drainage right through to the current Tideway Project, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette.  

The Programme will include: 

Professor David Perrett, Chair of GLIAS

Nick Higham, journalist

Crossness Engines Trust with their twenty foot working model of the Crossness Pumping Station

The Education Department of the Tideway Project 

And poetry (yes poetry) from the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors telling you everything you could ever wish to know about London's sewers. 

Refreshments on arrival  and lunch are included in the ticket price.

Tickets are available at £18 U3A members (or £20 for members of the public)


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:

Nov 2018: Cochlear implant and speech understanding research
My name is Amanda Fullerton and I am a clinical audiologist. I am currently working on a research project in collaboration with UCL, in the department of Psychology and Language Sciences, as part of my PhD. Our project seeks to understand how the brain processes speech in older adult cochlear implant users (50 years and older), in comparison to typically-hearing adults. We hope that this will help us to further our understanding of the variability we see in cochlear implant outcomes in this age group.
I have attached an information sheet regarding the study, which has been designed for distribution to potential participants. The Wakefield St address mentioned is the place where the testing will take place.
To summarise some further details, we are specifically looking for participants who meet the following criteria:
-Adults who are aged from 50 - 75 years
-Have clinically 'normal hearing' levels - this is something we will need to 'screen' in the first session, however for the purposes of recruitment, we would be asking for individuals who have not been 'diagnosed' with hearing loss and/or are aware of any current hearing or communication difficulties
-As noted in in the information sheet, there will be 2 sessions - it can also be arranged for both sessions to be conducted on the same day with a break in-between
-We are looking to start sessions as soon as possible, from next week onwards - and the study will be continuing from now until at least the end of January
Further information here.

Amanda Fullerton BSc (Hons) MAudSt MRes
Clinical Audiologist and PhD candidate,
If you are interesting in volunteering please contact me at: amanda.fullerton@ucl.ac.uk

Nov 2018:
UCL have made a request for research volunteers, a bit different from usual as the testing lasts all day (or two half days if preferred) and they would like participants to have an MRI scan. Overall details are here with further information here and here.

Sept 2018: Ph.D student Curie Kim, from King's College London, is doing research on aging. The trial involves a dietary intervention in which eligible participants will be asked to either follow the 5:2 diet or chew gum for 12 weeks. Participants will attend the research unit near Waterloo station where they will have taken some body measurements, do a computer-based memory task and take a blood sample. Any improvements in memory that are associated with a brain region called the hippocampus, which is currently the only part in humans which continues to produce new brain cells throughout life, will be investigated. Details here.

Sept 2018: Pei-Chun Tsai of University College London is also doing research on human memory across the lifespan. Details here.

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