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Current "Science and Technology" Groups.              Members: to find more details/dates/news or to contact a Group Leader, go to our Member's Page

                                                                                                 Interest Groups are open to York U3A members only.

Science and Society

Cosmology, Particle Physics and Superfluidity

Audio-Visual Equipment Group

Intermediate Windows Computer Group

Apple Mac Group

iPad Users Group - Beginners

Raspberry Pi Group

iPad Users Group - Improvers

Facebook Group



Making the most of your Android tablet or phone

We are a group of scientists, engineers and technically minded people who want to learn about other areas of science, and non-scientists who would like to question what scientists are doing.  


Our programme involves both invited speakers and those from within the group followed by discussion and questions on a variety of scientific, engineering and IT topics.  


New members are welcome.  


Venue:  The Bedingfield Room, The Bar Convent,  on the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 1st meeting 24th September 2018 to April 2019. Costs are £2pp per session

An informal group of members who have an interest in using the wide range of audio-visual equipment owned by York U3A.  


There are no formal meetings but members keep in touch through a newsletter and may occasionally meet for training sessions, to exchange ideas about using and improving the equipment and to provide support in preparing materials for presentations.  


Anyone who regularly uses the equipment is encouraged to join the group so that they can keep up to date with any developments.


Leader: York U3A Audio-Visual coordinator.  

Motivated by wonder and curiosity, course members will seek to appreciate current discoveries in our universe like Higgs particles, gravitational waves, neutrino oscillations and massive black holes.  


Two mornings – November 30 and December 14 - will describe the resistance flow of liquid helium and electric currents in superconductors.  


Participants on the 2017 course would be welcome at these extra discussions. Some gentle and enjoyable quantum and relativistic phenomena will be introduced plus a dash of mathematics if the mood is right.  Mutual exploration and presentation will be much encouraged so that the leader does not do all the talking! No prior knowledge of physics is required,


Venue:  Fortnightly on Fridays 10am to noon from October 5 to December 14 at Hartrigg Oaks,  New Earswick

The group holds informal meetings to discuss and exchange ideas, problems and solutions associated with their use of Windows computers.


Subjects for discussion are wide ranging and have included in the past:  using credit cards or PayPal on the internet, use of eBay, and use of Word, Excel & PowerPoint, and Windows shortcuts, manipulation of images, audio and video.


Venue: Fell Room, 4th Monday morning in the month starting 24th September.  



For Apple Mac users at beginner to intermediate level who would like support and discussion of some of the features of their computer.


The normal format is a 25-30 minute presentation, followed by coffee, friendly chat and sharing problems and solutions.


Having a computer at the meeting would be helpful, but not essential.


Venue: Fell Room, 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10am beginning Wednesday,12 September 2018




The iPad Users Improvers group is open to those members who have probably been using an iPad for at least a few months, and wish to explore aspects of iPad use with which they may not so far be very familiar.


The format will generally be an informal mixture of discussion and input from either the group leader or others who wish to contribute to a particular topic.


Friendly chat and discussion continue over coffee.


This group has been over-subscribed in the past, so early application/re-application is advisable.


Venue: Fell Room, 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10.00am, beginning Tuesday, 18th September 2018




The iPad Users group is open to members who either have recently acquired an iPad, are considering acquiring one, or simply want to find out more about them.


Meetings are informal, and usually consist of a basic talk about an aspect of using the iPad, lasting 20-25 minutes, followed by discussion of queries and problems over coffee.


No previous knowledge is assumed!


This group has been over-subscribed in the past, so early application/re-application is advisable.


Venue: Fell Room, 1st Tuesday of the month at 10.00am, beginning Tuesday, 4th

September 2018.




The Raspberry Pi is a micro-computer which is available from various sources for £20 - £30; originally developed for education use, it is becoming increasingly powerful. It can be used for tasks such as video streaming and is commonly used as a device for control and automation functions such as robotics.


We are a self- learning group which explores its possibilities.


Venue: The group meets in members’ houses, normally on the 4th Thursday of each month from 1000 until 1200.




This course has been running for 2 years now and is for people who have Android phones and tablets and want to know more about them.


The sessions are partly planned in advance and partly involve those present sharing questions and solutions.


Topics include downloading apps, using apps, finding photos and other files on your Android device and much more.


Venue: The Fell Room on the third Monday of each month - 10 -12





York U3A has a very active Facebook page, where over 200 members currently keep in touch, learn about our U3A activities, have fun, chat, and make friends, all in a TOTALLY safe structure.  It’s like a “U3A community” within our U3A!


All U3A members are encouraged to enjoy the benefits of social networking in a safe environment – our Facebook Group is only open to York U3A members, and is not accessible to the general public.


We also have social meetings which allow “Facebookers” to get to know each other face-to-face.


The group is also keen to welcome new members who may be reticent about Facebook, or have concerns, and we can advise on how to get on to Facebook (even if only to join the U3A page) and how to set the correct security settings for a Facebook account. Contact the Group Leader if you need any help!  


We also hold occasional “What’s it all About?” training sessions for beginners, to help them get started.


Venue: There will be some face-to-face meetings though most of the interaction will be on-line. The venue, and timing, for get-togethers will depend on how many people want to be involved, and their availability.