The University of the Third Age Cygnet is a wholly self-funded, voluntary organisation formed in 1991 to provide interesting courses (the university) to our retired and semi-retired members (we are all in our third age). We are a small and very friendly club. There are no exams, no entry requirements and no limit to the number of courses members may enrol to attend. As we are all volunteers, costs and fees are kept low.
There are three terms of ten weeks each year, and the program of courses varies slightly each term. Some courses run for the full year, others run for just one term. We offer a variety of lectures on topics including music, movies, science, history, literature, and art. We also run weekly play reading and writers groups, and painting in various media. We have an extremely active Garden & Gourmet Group which runs during the spring and autumn terms. The Book Club, a Family History group, and the Men’s Forum meet monthly. Throw in the odd lunch, Christmas party, and one or two social outings to various places of interest, and you can see why you just have to look at our full Program.
Classes are all held in the daytime. Morning sessions are usually from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, and afternoon sessions from 1.30 pm until 4.00 pm. Morning tea or coffee (and biscuits) are available for $1.00.
You can download the current term’s program on our Program page, and see more information about us on the For Members page. We also send out occasional email newsletters to members. For more information, please contact us.
If you are presenting a talk for us, there is more information you may need, and details of what we need from you, on our For Presenters page.
You can see news items and photos of our recent activities on our Facebook page.