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WELCOME

The Association came into being in October 2004.

Membership of the Association is open to all retired employees and retired former employees of the University, in all categories, including semi-retired employees. Joint membership with spouse or partner is also available at no extra cost.

(Associate membership is open to those who have retired from a university other than Exeter and are resident in Exeter. Associate members may participate in any of the activities of the Association but may not hold office or vote at General Meetings. Please indicate on the Membership form if you wish to apply for this type of membership.)

Members and Associate members pay an annual subscription, currently 6. A Membership application form can be dowloaded as a pdf file from this link, and this form also contains a list of currently active Special Interest Groups.

Various general social events take place throughout the year, including a Coffee Morning on the last Tuesday of most months. There are also a number of Special Interest Groups who organize more specific activities.

Currently the Association's membership includes very few retired members of staff based in Cornwall as its activities tend to be focused on the Exeter area and its Devon surroundings. However, special group outings do take members from time to time into Cornwall and UERSA would welcome an interest from potential Cornwall colleagues in extending its activities in the Duchy.

For contacts and further information, please follow the links on the left.

What's New

The May Newsletter (no.39) has now been circulated, and a pdf copy can be downloaded here. It contains items on UERSA and University news, and some general information - plus an ongoing plea for volunteers to serve on the Executive Committee. Details of this year's Summer Party are included, so please indicate to Sue (Cousins) if you wish to attend. Since going to press, the date of this year's Annual General Meeting has been confirmed as Thursday 28th September, and details will be made available later in the year.

Our recent visit to the University's Living Systems Institute was rated very informative and enjoyable, and many of us were impressed by the examples of research which is under way. Our thanks go to all the staff who made us welcome, dealt cheerfully with our questions and patiently guided us around the building. Thanks also to David (Batty) for organizing the event.

LSI visit

LSI visit

LSI visit


19 UERSA members made the trip down to Totnes on 27th April for a guided tour of the Castle and the Town by Dr Bob Higham. Bob was a mine of authoritative information and there was much appreciation of his role in making the visit such a successful occasion. The informal arrangements for the trip worked well and, thankfully, we were blessed with dry, if cool weather.
Totnes

Totnes


GENERAL EVENTS - please see the Forthcoming Events page for details

A cruise on the River Dart has been arranged by Chris (Austin) for 13th June.

Our Summer Party this year will again be in the Cricket Club pavilion, on Thursday 29th June. Details will be circulated when available.

There is advance notice of a Sculpture Walk on the University Campus in August.
17/may/2017


GROUP ACTIVITIES - for details please follow the Group links on the left

Details of four visits are now available for Garden Group events for the new season. There is a summary on the Group page, and the full details are in this pdf file. Reports are being added when available. There is advance notice of the July visit, details later.
23/may/2017

Advance notice for the Restaurant Group lunch in June has been circulated. Please indicate your interest, as there is a maximum of 18 places available.
11/may/2017

Dates are now available for Badminton Group meetings for the start of 2017.
22/dec/2016

The Music and Opera Group is still looking for a new organizer. Alastair (Logan) has circulated a message detailing the commitment involved, and you can read a copy on the Group page.
20/jan/2017

The Wine Group event in May has been cancelled due to insufficient interest.

There has been a change of date for the July event. This will now take place on the 20th.
6/apr/2017

Bridge Group meetings have not been well attended. Paul would welcome suggestions for attracting new members, and a copy of his email is on the Group page.
27/oct/2015

The April Walking Group newsletter has been circulated, with a programme of six walks. Reports of the first walks of 2017 are included. Please note that the walk scheduled for 24th May has been cancelled due to illness. But the good news is that two replacement walks have been offered: Fingle Bridge on 24th May, and Crediton on 4th July. Please contact Trevor for details.
10/may/2017

The Table Tennis Group has organized dates for the first half of 2017.
27/mar/2017

Coffee Mornings are held on the last Tuesday of most months, from 10:00 to 12:00 at The Imperial in New North Road. They are very informal (not to mention noisy on occasion) and an average of around 30 members attend.  A reminder about parking charges: If you pay for parking and show your 'parking receipt' this amount will be refunded at the bar on your purchase of coffees, etc.

Suggestions for other events are listed on the Events page.