U3A NATIONAL RESEARCH DATABASE
are now 1000 U3A groups in the UK. Not surprisingly, a considerable amount
of research has been undertaken but information on this research has been
very dispersed and much of it is not readily accessible to the general
As a result U3A groups or
individuals thinking of doing research find it difficult to locate previous
or other ongoing work – with the possibility of ‘reinventing the wheel’.
It has not been possible to obtain
an overall picture of research undertaken or what gaps exist and if the
research results are inaccessible, no learning can result from the findings.
To remedy this situation, the
National Research Sub-committee has produced a database which brings
together information about U3A research in an easily accessible format. It
aims to include any research that involves the U3A, whether that is done by
the U3A itself, in partnership with an external organisation (as in some
SLPs) or where U3A members are subjects in someone else’s research (e.g.
projects by universities). External studies of the U3A are also included.
The database has been live since
2016, currently has nearly 600 entries and will generate knowledge by
facilitating access to research results and other researchers. It will also
be possible to identify knowledge gaps and research opportunities, assist
those engaged in or planning research and to highlight the activities of the
Find the database at:
an ongoing task to assemble this material and we rely on members telling us
about research that they remember or have taken part in. Check to see if
your project has been included and if the details are complete and accurate.
Ideally, we would like:
a short description of the
the U3A(s) involved, including
the external partner(s), if any
the date of the research
the name and contact details of
the project leader (names and email addresses will not be visible to users).
any outputs such as a book,
report, database, CD/DVD, sound recording, website, presentation or
exhibition and how to find them if they are still available.
Please send any information to the
SLP co-ordinator for your region (for SLPs),
or use the Contact page on the
database, with as many of the above details as possible so that they can be
Thank you for your help.