Narrow boats on canal Finsbury Town Hall King's Head

Open day
This year’s Open Day - and our 2nd Birthday Party - will be from 2.30 - 4.30pm on Monday 5 October at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road (next to the Nags Head Waitrose.) Open to both members and non-members, and all of our interest groups will have a stall setting out what they do. So do come along, and invite friends who may be interested. More information here

Theatre visit
You can still reserve seats  for our visit to the Park Theatre but be quick there are only a few tickets left.  We are seeing Pullitzer prize-winning Dinner with Friends on Wednesday November 18. For details and to reserve click here


We are always ready to consider proposals for new interest groups, and often have new groups in development.

If you would like to find out more about any of these groups, and perhaps to join one, click here

You can see all of our other groups, including some that are themselves quite new having started only in 2015, here

Spring Newsletter
For our latest newsletter, click here


Welcome to Islington U3A. We are a part of the world-wide University of the Third Age (U3A), open to all who are retired or semi-retired.

Membership of iU3A is open to people living in or around Islington who want to keep their minds sharp, get out and about and learn new things, sparking new interests and meeting new people. Getting involved in iU3A enables us to expand our horizons, share skills and knowledge and help others to learn.

iU3a is part of our local community and we aim to contribute to it in many ways. Our main charitable activity is supporting Islington Giving. All money this charity raises go to organizations and projects that reduce poverty and isolation in the borough. We supported Islington Giving Week in June with a sponsored walk of the borough boundary which raised £1352.78 - see the photo report here. And at our Open Day (see box on the right)  we'll have some lovely craft items on sale with proceeds to the charity.

Our next meeting... on October 22  John RafteryProfessor John Raftery will ask: 'What is the point of universities?' John is Vice Chancellor of London Metropolitan University, which he joined last year after serving as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. He will look at the higher education landscape in 2016 and how it has changed during our adult lives and how it might change in future, for example with digital and personalized learning potentially liberating students from a standard three years at university. 

The meeting will take place at Resource for London 356 Holloway Road (next to the Nags Head Waitrose). Registration opens at 9.45am for a prompt 10.30am start. Only iU3A members may attend monthly meetings - if you are not a member and would like to attend you can join at the meeting.

For dates and speakers for future monthly meetings (plus other events and opportunities) click here

Get involved

Study and discussion groups are the core of iU3A. There are over 40 groups to join (with more on the way), from Architecture, Art, Books and Crafts to Scrabble, Theatre and Walks; click here to see

We also have a monthly members' meeting, always with a high profile, interesting and entertaining speaker, and always with plenty of time to meet and chat to other iU3A members. Our coffee mornings for members provide another opportunity to get to know each other better.  Click here to find out more.

Above all, iU3A is a members' organization. We are as strong and diverse as our members and their ideas, energies and activities. There are so many ways to participate. Come to our monthly meetings and get involved in the question and answer sessions. Join a new group or try a local walk or outing to learn more about our part of London. Become a group coordinator - you don't have to be an expert, just someone who enjoys the topic and helping the group organize itself. Do you have skills to help iU3A move forward by joining the Steering Committee? If you would like to chat about any of these possibilities, please go to the Contacts page where you can get in touch with the best person to help.

Membership Renewal Islington U3A now has over 400 members, with the number still rising. To join in, please click here: Join Us

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