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We are a voluntary organisation offering recreational learning and leisure activities in more than 100 subjects, as well as various activities, including walking, cycling and keep fit.


The U3A is open to those aged over 50 and the registered disabled.

Why not join us? Browse our classes and events or get in touch on 01484 308482 or email us here.

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Registered Charity No 516502

Origins of the University of the Third Age

The French “Université du Troisième Age” began in 1972, and is still associated with the official education system. The first British group was formed in Cambridge in 1982, but as a voluntary self-help organisation. The movement is now widespread, both in Britain and abroad.

The Huddersfield and District U3A is not an academic institution, but a society of people sharing the similar aims of maintaining and improving the quality of life by keeping fulfilled and active in later life. It was founded in 1984 by Edith Bentley MBE MA, and has been given help and encouragement by Kirklees Council, Kirklees Cultural Services, the Huddersfield Examiner, Huddersfield Radio, several High Schools and numerous local people. It is a Registered Charity but receives no grants from the Local Authority. Huddersfield & District U3A is a registered charity that is financially self supporting.  There are now over 1400 active, subscribing members.

We are delighted that on 2 June 2005 our U3A was honoured by being one of the 92 groups in the UK selected to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Contact Details

Aspin House
Block B
Station Road
Tel:  01484 308482