History & Humanities

Celebrating Women’s Lives over the last Century

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

Each member of our group conducts research into a woman of their choice, whom they feel has made a contribution in any field during the last century . They then present their findings to our group.

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: Monday 3.15 – 4.30 pm
  • Location:  Leader’s home NW11 6RJ
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 10

History — a Sideways Look

Leader: Eleanor Levy

This is a group which looks “Sideways” at History. Its format is very popular with other U3As. The group chooses a year or period and researches what was happening world-wide at that time.  Group members share their findings in a relaxed atmosphere.  Our first period is 1775 -1800.  Why not start researching this period now and choose a topic that interests you?

  • Start  date:  Already active, next sessions
  •  2 April: 7 May
  • When: Tuesday afternoon 2.30 – 4 pm
  • Location:  Carpenter Room, Golders Green Unitarian Church, 31 1/2 Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
  • Frequency: Monthly, first Tuesday
  • Number of places: 20

Lifespan Psychology

Facilitator: Daphne Berkovi

Middlesex University London logoThis is a new series of short modules created for HGS U3A by the Psychology Department at Middlesex University.  The first “taster” module entitled Family history and the search for identity, was delivered on 19 February by Professor Antonia Bifulco, Professor of Lifespan Psychology, Head of Department.  We are most grateful to Middlesex University for the commitment in providing this first lecture series.

Lecture schedule:  Mondays from 4 pm – 5.30 pm

  • 29 April – Dr Fabio Franco and Dr Anthony Mangiacotti – Music, emotion regulation and cognition
  • 13 May – Prof Tom Dickins – Physical and behavioural calibration to the vicissitudes of life 
  • 20 May – Dr Andrea Oskis – Relationships across the lifespan: connection, disconnection and stress
  • 3 June – Dr David Westley – Steps to wellbeing
  • 10 June – Dr Mark Coulson – Mindfulness and the ancient art of letting things be the way they are
  • 17 June – Dr Rhonda Cohen / Dr Anne Elliot – Physical activity as we get older – benefits and barriers
  • 24 June – Dr Emma Ward – Memory Matters: Preservation and enhancement over the lifespan
  • Location: Middlesex University, Room HG02 (Hatchcroft Building) The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT. Parking available on campus if needed.
  • Number of places: 50
  • If you cannot attend a particular lecture we ask you to notify us in advance in case there is a waiting list for a place

Please complete the booking form below to reserve your place on the course.  Your booking will be confirmed before the first module commences.

Psychology — An Introduction

Leader: Chris Salter

Each time we meet, we begin with information on the day’s topic, followed by activities — not measuring each other’s abilities, and concluding with an overview of summaries of very recent research.  Note new location.

Over a year, we cover:

  1. The history of psychology, types of research, & ethics
  2. Topics such as memory, communication, behaviour, and so on
  3. Development from babyhood to now
  4. The main branches of applied psychology
  • Start date:  9 January 2019
  • When: Wednesday 10 am – 11.15 am
  • Location: Friends Meeting House, 17 North Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 7AD; from Summer term at Leader’s home.
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 10

Public Speaking

Leader: Marilyn Lehrer

Do you ever have to give a talk or make a speech in public and does the prospect terrify you? Is your first reaction ‘How can I stand up in front of all those people? How do I say what I want to say without drying up?’

This six-week course is designed to help you overcome natural nervousness and acquire the basic skills of speaking confidently and effectively. Some preparation is necessary for each session. Marilyn Lehrer has a teaching diploma from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has been running courses in public speaking and effective communication for many years.

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: Tuesday 10 am – 11.30 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6NP
  • Frequency: Weekly

Number of places: 8

Radio 4 Fan Club

Facilitator: Daphne Berkovi

If you are an avid BBC Radio 4 listener, or would like to become one, we are starting a new discussion group.

  • Start date: To be advised soon
  • When: Thursday 10 am – 12 pm
  • Location: Member’s homes
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 8