Sheila Quairney

I joined U3APP shortly after moving to Australia from the UK in late 2018.

During my working life I’ve run government recruitment centres and undertaken business development. My last full time job was supporting University students and graduates to start their own ventures and I’ve also spent several years in project management. I’ve served on and chaired numerous boards and committees over the years, always with a focus on making things happen.

In the very dim and distant past I got a degree in Politics, but I know that like many of us, I’ve learned most from the University of Life!

From being a teenager I’ve been a serial volunteer, including running a Beaver (Joey) pack and mentoring with the Prince’s Trust, and I’m hoping to restart volunteering with the State Library in the near future. I’m also the U3APP rep on the Older Persons’ Advisory Committee for the City of Port Phillip.

My involvement with U3APP started as a Yoga Tutor in 2019, as I’ve taught Yoga alongside my day job since the early 1990s. This has morphed into teaching Relaxation classes on Zoom which I really enjoy.

I was delighted to be asked to join the Committee of Management of U3APP back in April 2020. Since becoming a committee member, I’ve taken on the roles of Data Privacy and Security Officer and Tutor Recruitment. I also sit on U3A Network’s Meditative Advisory Group and share good practice with other tutors from across the state.

U3A Port Phillip is a fantastic organisation to be part of. I’ve been so impressed with the range of courses on offer, the expertise and enthusiasm of the tutors and the positive, proactive attitude of all the volunteers. I’ve been very glad to be able to contribute in a small way to its success over the past 3 years and look forward to maintaining that involvement for many years to come.

How to Enrol

On-line: after bookings have opened

On-line enrolments are preferred as this significantly reduces the amount of back-office work for our volunteers.

  • Login to the website.
  • Go to the Courses & Enrolling page.
  • Scroll down to find the course that you are interested in.
  • Does the course have spaces available?
    • Click on the course name to go to the booking page.
    • Click on “Book for this course or event”.
    • You will receive a confirmation email.  Please check your Junk/Spam folders as these automatically-generated emails often finish up there.
  • OR is the course shown as FULL?
    • Click on WAITLIST.

Paper Enrolment Form: before bookings open for First Semester

  • Obtain a paper Enrolment Form either from the Office or by printing an online copy available here.
  • Complete the paper Enrolment Form and submit it to the Office.

The start date for acceptance of paper Enrolment Forms for first semester is published on the U3APP website and in the e-Bulletin. Enrolment Forms received before this date are treated as though they had been received on the start date (ie there is no advantage to be gained by submitting early). On the start date and thereafter, paper Enrolment Forms are numbered in order of receipt.  Paper Enrolment forms are processed by U3APP volunteers on the same day as on-line bookings.

If your enrolment is successful, you will receive a confirmation email.  Please check your Junk/Spam folders as these automatically-generated emails often finish up there.

If your enrolment is unsuccessful,  you will receive an email telling you that you have been waitlisted.

Via the Office: after bookings have opened

  • Contact the office in person, or by email or phone.