Media release: Dundee adventurer tops online u3a Coffee House Chats


ARMCHAIR followers of Scotland’s only online u3a will soon hear about the thrills and spills of Dundee adventurer, George Robertson Nicoll.

Edinburgh University Emerita Professor of social work studies, Viviene E Cree will entertain viewers with extracts from his informative 19th century blogs.

Anyone can join this virtual talk about an assisted migrant’s life in New South Wales, complete with wife and baby.

Bring a cuppa on Monday 11 April at 4pm and find out what happened next.

It’s all part of a Coffee House Chats series on Zoom run by u3a: Online Across Scotland (OAS).

Scottish u3a trustee and u3a OAS founder, Ann Keating, commented: “People want the facts on topical issues from a credible source.

“Our online sessions let people question experts in their field and get people talking.

“This month, we look at emigration and focus on George Robertson Nicoll’s lived experiences.

“Our speaker, Viviene Cree, examines the social, economic, and cultural context of global migration.

“Thanks to this digital age, OAS can provide an equivalent to Scotland’s vibrant Coffee Houses of 300 years ago.

“It’s apt to be hosting this series in the same year as u3a celebrates its 40th anniversary.”


Notes for editors:

  1. The u3a: Online Across Scotland (OAS) Coffee House guest speaker on 11 April 2022 is Viviene E Cree. She is Emerita Professor of social work studies at Edinburgh University.  She will explore George Robertson Nicoll’s life and emigration. She will make links between the individual and the structural, the personal and the political, as well as past and present experiences of global migration.

For information about u3a:OAS events please contact Scottish u3a trustee, Ann Keating, on 07757 976936 or email PR advisor, Allana Parker: 

Current and non-u3a members access the Coffee House free session at:

Or visit u3a:Online Across Scotland website:

  1. The Coffee House Chats series runs from 31 March till 2 June 2022. Topics still to come include, climate change (2 May) and laughter yoga (10 June). Scottish trustee, Ann Keating, developed the digital creation of u3a: Online Across Scotland in 2020 in response to the pandemic and COVID 19 lockdowns. Average annual u3a membership costs less than 50p a week and sole OAS membership is £10 a year.
  1. Scotland has 53 community u3as with around 10,000 members who form part of a UK-wide and international educational movement ( Local volunteers lead these self-help learning co-operatives for people no longer in full-time work or who are unable to work. The u3a motto is ‘Learn, laugh, live’.
  1. 2022 is u3a’s ruby anniversary. A series of events will celebrate 40 years of this national learning organisation which has more than 1,000 u3as in the UK:

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Contact: Ann Keating
Phone: 07757976936
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