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Course FAQs

What sorts of courses does U3A Maitland conduct?
Courses can include history, belly dancing, literature, environmental and other current issues, travel, family history, computer groups and book groups. Courses depend on the availability of course leaders. As well as a wide range of courses U3A Maitland also has social events like excursions, monthly lunches, and coffee mornings.
 
What sort of course does U3A Maitland not conduct?
U3A Maitland is non-religious, apolitical organisation. We do not provide advice on health, finance or other matters requiring professional expertise and input. The courses/activities provided will not be used for fund-raising purposes.
 
Who can attend courses?
Courses are open to all financial members. The majority of the courses require that you have submitted an enrolment form to nominate which courses that you would like to attend.
 
How do I know what courses are on?
All financial members are posted or emailed a Course Program twice a year listing all courses with the enrolment form enclosed.
 
What happens if a course is oversubscribed?
We are committed to giving all enrolled members equity of access to their selected course. However, due to limited capacity, because of restricted course numbers, venue limitations or where a popular course is oversubscribed, you will be placed on the waiting list. The course leader will contact you if a vacancy becomes available.
 
How long are courses?
Courses last from one session to about 16 sessions per semester (half-year). Each session generally lasts 1 ½ hours and classes are usually held once a week. Most courses are held during the day on week days.
 
Who leads the courses?
Most courses are led by members or sometimes by non-members who have a special interest to deliver a course. In U3A Maitland the course leader or presenter may be somewhat like a teacher or lecturer, or a facilitator, or a convenor. Creating participation and a friendly social environment are the key attributes of a U3A Maitland course leader.
Members are encouraged to lead courses because without course leaders U3A could not function. If you are interested in leading a course contact the Course Coordinator. No formal academic qualifications are needed to deliver U3A Maitland courses.
 
What about Intellectual Property?
U3A Maitland does not assert ownership of Intellectual Property (IP) in Course and Educational Materials, Creative Works or Scholarly Works created or developed by Tutors, Presenters or Guest Speakers unless the Intellectual Property is the result of work specifically commissioned by U3A Maitland.
Participants on all courses and presentation must respect the Intellectual Property of Tutors at all times including refraining from unauthorised photographic, audio or video recording and unauthorised use or dissemination of Intellectual Property to third parties.
 
What are U3A Maitland courses like?
The nature of the course depends on the course leader but generally courses are relaxed and informal so that members can enjoy learning with people their own age and with similar interests. There are no exams.
 
Where are courses held?
Most courses are held within the Maitland area using some of the facilities within the area i.e. libraries, clubs and art galleries.