FAQs

How do I join Lake Macquarie U3A?

Information about joining Lake Macquarie U3A is contained on the Membership and Enrolment page.

How can I get involved and help?

There are several ways you can become involved to make sure the organisation runs smoothly.

  1. Offer to lead a course. If you have a special interest or experiences to share, consider volunteering to become a Course Leader and share your knowledge with other members. Send an email to  Program Development .
  2. Volunteer to be a Course Clerk. Course Clerks are vital to the smooth running of U3A courses as they mark the roll, open and set-up the room, pass on communications to attendees and assist the presenter as necessary.  Indicate your  willingness to become a Course Clerk on the Enrolment Form or send an email to  Course Clerk Liaison.

Why provide an email address?

You will have advantages in timeliness and awareness if you provide us with an email address. Email is not essential, but is very beneficial.

Access to an email account, whether your own or shared, on any internet connected computer or device, will more quickly deliver our Programs, Newsletters, Enrolment Application emails, application acknowledgements and enrolment confirmations, or other notifications and reminders. Some notifications are sent only by email.

Our enrolment-by-email system provides the quickest and most basic way of communicating your course applications, once you understand how simple it is.

You do not need a printer, though an ability to print email messages or attachments can be helpful in a variety of circumstances.

Who can attend courses?

Anyone who is a financial member can attend courses.

What if I cannot attend a course?

As a courtesy to the Course Leader, please notify your Course Clerk if you are unable to attend a course at any time. If you do not know who your Course Clerk is, please email  Course Clerk Liaison for the Course Clerk’s contact details.

How do I withdraw from a course?

If you wish to withdraw from a course, please email Course Clerk Liaison as soon as possible.

Alternatively, advise us by either our course participation form (ensure you select the purpose to be ‘Withdraw’), or use our enrolment-by-email process.

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This message is generated for some browsers and is dependent of the security settings. You can trust documents we upload on this website  as they are scanned for viruses before uploading. If you see this message followed by “Do you want to trust this site?”, answer “Yes” to continue to download the document.

How are class and wait lists prepared?

Please apply for those courses in which you have an interest as soon as possible after receiving your Program each semester. Carefully consider the days and times of the courses to avoid overlap. The process for preparing class and wait lists is:

  • for courses with a class limit, applications received within an initial period of approximately two weeks after Program mailout are balloted if the limit is exceeded; sequencing is unimportant if there is no class limit
  • applications received after the ballot period up to the published enrolment closing date are sequenced in order of receipt
  • after initial construction of class lists, a Confirmation Letter is emailed or posted, and there is a period of approximately five days during which changes can be made freely to your course selections
  • to minimize the revision and reprinting of class lists, to stabilize classes for course leaders and course clerks, and to encourage early enrolment, a discretionary freeze is applied on applications from five days before until five days after the start of semester sessions
  • if you are enrolled in a continuing course in Semester 1 there is no need to re-apply mid-year as your place will carry through to Semester 2
  • if you have a place during Semester 2 in a course that is continued as part of the following year’s Semester 1 Program you always need to renew membership and re-apply; a place may be reserved for you, though this will lapse if you are not re-enrolled by the formal Semester 1 closing date

These practices intend fairness to all members irrespective of enrolment method (online, enrolment-by-email, post), and to our volunteers who manage applications and the formation of classes. Important dates are notified in the Program.