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Partner Activities

WPVu3a are keen to highlight wider experiences and activities that our members may find of interest. This is all part of our partnership development agenda.

As you know we have already been linking up with local organisations and universities to offer wider fun learning opportunities for members, such as Power of the Mind. We are now widening these links to let you know about other interesting free events, activities and courses that are happening in our locality/online. These are not u3a led activities but you may be interested in signing up and/or attending them as they complement our ethos and u3a aspiration to Learn, Laugh, Live.

There are links available below to free courses with Open University and U.K. Government funded online courses:-



The University of Lancaster hold a series of public lectures that run from October to June. Please check directly with the provider before attending. They also have YouTube recordings from previous lectures. You can find further information through this link;


The following information is provided by the University of Central Lancashire UCLan community engagement team and the links will open pages which are not part of our website. Please check directly with the provider before attending:-

Space Medicine Public Lecture

Get an insight into the role of space doctors, learn about the impact of space exploration on the human body and explore the impact on human physiology at the Final Frontier. This insight will allow health professionals practising on earth to see what is possible. Extreme medics, remote and rural practitioners and non-medical staff alike can learn how to give advice and what can be done under instruction, even with a 9-minute comms delay. Whether you’re an aspiring astronaut or medic or just a curious earthling, this talk has something for everyone. Grab your spacesuit and join us for an unforgettable adventure. 

6pm – 8pm, Wednesday 22 May, Greenbank Lecture Theatre, UCLan Preston Campus

This event is free, but spaces are limited. Please book here: Space Medicine – a UK perspective

Lancashire Archives, Creative communities with Lacashire adult learning

Our friends at the Lancashire archives are holding a 6-week arts and craft course. This course provides a chance to get creative and try out a range of Arts techniques. We will work with a range of mediums and activities, including paper, collage, sewing, and mark-making. Take time out to relax and try new things using minimal materials that you can easily continue with at home. 

Thursday 18 April – Thursday 23 May, Lancashire Archives, Bow Lane, Preston

For further details and to book, check out their website.

Public Lecture: The History of the Toothbrush

Peter Dyer will reveal the development of the toothbrush over thousands of years, why it is important to clean your teeth and some alternatives to using a brush.

Have you ever wondered why we clean our teeth? We often read conflicting articles about when, how and for how long we should brush or is that scrub, our teeth.

In this lecture, Peter Dyer, consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon, will describe how our ancestors managed to keep their teeth clean and, indeed, perform dentistry without a drill! He will describe how the toothbrush evolved from bristles to the sophisticated electronic brushes many of us use today.


Thursday 6 June 2024 – 6.00pm – 7.30pm


Room: Mitchell & Kenyon Theatre, Foster Building
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE

Organiser:Public Engagement

Entry fee: Free. Book using external link below



We will explore how the study of humanities and world culture brings us together and shapes our world.

Everyone is invited to get hands on with a wide-range of family-friendly, interactive activities throughout the day.

Date and time
Saturday 15 June 2024 – 10am – 2pm BST


Room: Foster Social Space, Foster Building
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE

Organiser:Public Engagement

Entry fee: Free. Book using external link below


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