Course FAQs

What sorts of courses does [U3AOrgName] 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 [U3AOrgName] also has social events like excursions, monthly lunches, and coffee mornings.

What sort of course does [U3AOrgName] not conduct?
[U3AOrgName] 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.

What are [U3AOrgName] 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.

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 or you can submit your preferences online.

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 a 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 1½ 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 [U3AOrgName] 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 [U3AOrgName] 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 Development Office. No formal academic qualifications are needed to deliver [U3AOrgName] courses.

What about Intellectual Property?
[U3AOrgName] 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 [U3AOrgName].
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.

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.

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