Information for Members

U3A or University of the Third Age is a voluntary organisation for learning and connection with others – there are no tests or exams and no competition. It’s a learning community for people, retired, semi-retired or looking for further engagement and connection where we share our skills and talents for the benefit of all.

About U3A Stonnington

U3A Stonnington started in 1994 and has grown into one of the largest U3As in Victoria, with well over 500 active members and over 60 courses and activities on offer each year. It includes courses running full year, part year and single presentations.

Volunteering is the keystone of all U3As. Everyone at U3A Stonnington is a volunteer. Our Tutors who teach or lead groups and activities are volunteers. Similarly, all the many tasks of timetabling classes, maintaining the buildings and equipment, paying the bills and keeping members informed, are carried out by volunteers.

Our campus buildings are leased from the City of Stonnington. Accommodation costs and all other expenses are covered by the income from Membership fees. The committee of a dozen or so volunteers meets monthly to review, planning and development.

The Office Volunteers are your main source of information and any questions you may have. The Office is open 10.00am – 2.00pm Monday-Friday but during COVID eMail is best access. 

Email: info@u3aStonnington.org.au There may be reduced hours in school holidays.

Zoom Guides

  • If your course is operating during COVID-19 using Zoom and you have never used it before, here are some quick tips to get you started.
  • Participants Guides
    • Getting started with Zoom.
    • Getting a free Zoom Licence.
    • Zoom meetings with friends. Quickly schedule a meeting.
    • Participating in meetings,
  • Tutors guides.
    • Presenting using Zoom, quick guide, detailed guide, screen sharing

Interested in volunteering?

If you have a passion, skill or interest that you would like to share, you could offer to Tutor a course. Approximately 10% of our members are also Tutors and we are always on the lookout for new tutors with interesting ideas for courses. There are many other ways in which you can volunteer: at the Office, as part of the catering team, on the Committee. You may have specialised skills to offer, or would like to be a helper in other ways. Please email info@u3aStonnington.org.au or contact a committee member.

Membership Badge

Your membership badge makes it easy for tutors and other members to get to know you. It also includes details of your emergency contact and how to reach them in case of accident or illness. 

For security and safety reasons, please wear it at all times when at a U3A Stonnington activity. It also shows your Membership Number, which you’ll need to login to UMAS and enrol in courses.

Website and Enrolling using U-MAS

Our website contains information for members and tutors about our U3A. You can select courses from details provided, enrol and pay your annual membership fee. Enrolling online is quick and easy – clear instructions are on the website. This is available in UMAS which stands for U3A Member Administrative System and is available on the website.

Our Courses

Our courses include art & craft, current affairs languages, performing arts, discussion groups, film & book clubs, music, games, exercise, speaker events and courses for using ZOOM.

Our tutors lead our courses, but you are fully responsible for ensuring activities are suitable for your health and not to place yourself or other members in danger.

You are responsible for checking with your doctor to ensure that you are physically able to undertake any chosen courses.

Apologies for Absence

Your tutor is volunteering their time to prepare and run the course. Please ensure that you apologise if you are unable to attend.

You can either Report Absence on UMAS (link)  or you can phone or email an apology to the Office on 5975 9773 or info@u3aStonnington.org.au. A number of unexplained absences may cause you to lose your place in courses that have waiting lists.

Withdrawing from a Course

If your circumstances change or perhaps the course is not what you expected. Please contact the Office and let them know as soon as possible – as other members may be waitlisted for the course.

Keeping you informed

Regular updates and newsletters are emailed to keep you informed to advise you of new courses and vacancies in others; plus information about U3A Stonnington people and activities, special announcements, such as volunteering vacancies.

Membership Fees and Refunds

Your annual membership fee covers enrolment in up to 15 courses during the year. Some activities, such as excursions, could require payment for entry fees, transport, etc. If you later decide to pull out, please find someone to take your place. These payments to external suppliers or venues are not refundable.

Your Safety

Please take care on campus. If you have an accident or feel unwell, speak to your Tutor. Wear your membership badge at all times, in case your emergency contact person needs to be called. If a building evacuation is required, follow instructions from your Tutor and be sure to congregate at the designated assembly. Wheelchair access and disabled parking is available at the rear of the building.

Parking

Parking is sufficient but limited nearby. Please check times and restrictions before leaving your vehicle or use public transport.

Animals

Animals, other than registered assistance animals, are not permitted on the campus.

Report your Absence from a Class

If you know in advance that you are unable to attend a class, you can now register an absence yourself.

No need to phone or visit the Office.

It’s easy to do.Follow the link to find out how – report and absence link.