Top tips: winter-proof your flat

If your flat is feeling like the Arctic then check out these clever, low-budget tips to winter-proof your place:

  • Tin foil is your friend. If you have a radiator heater attached to a wall, particularly an external wall, a lot of heat is lost behind the radiator. You can reflect the heat back into the room by sticking tin foil on the wall behind the radiator. If you can’t quite get to the wall, wrap a large bit of cardboard in foil and slide it behind the heater.
  • No fire? Block the chimney. If you have a fireplace that you don’t use it’s really important to close off the chimney as it sucks the heat right outside. This can easily be done by shoving bunches of newspaper up there – but make sure you remove it before lighting a fire!
  • Plastic fantastic. I’ll bet your windows aren’t double glazed. However, you can DIY by covering your windows with a layer of bubble wrap. Just cut it to size, spray the window with a fine mist of water and it should stick. You can also put a blob of blue tack in the corners to make sure.
  • Cover your walls. Minimise energy loss by decorating! Putting things on the walls acts a bit like insulation. The more surface area that’s covered by pictures and mirrors the better.
  • Re-organise your furniture. Make sure there’s nothing blocking the flow of heaters or vents in the house. Try to keep couches and beds away from walls and windows, not only to avoid moisture and mould, but because they retain some heat which you don’t want to lose. Also, think about the positioning of your desk. If it’s against an external wall then you’ll feel the cold much more.

Leave us a comment below if you have any more tips and tricks for a warm home.

The UC student experience: 1911-40

Click to watch the UC student experience from 1911-40
Click to watch the UC student experience from 1911-40

Since our establishment in 1873, UC has offered its students a unique and exciting student experience, you might say it’s the time of your life

This week’s video is number two in the series. We take a look at what life at UC was like from 1911-40.

A lot of historical events happened during this period. WW1 began and ended in this time, and WW2 began near the end. It’s hard to imagine what life would have been like during those times, which makes it all-the-more fascinating to see these incredible photos from the UC archives!

Remember, you can be part of the story by uploading your photos to UC Now!

National Volunteer Week: Co-curricular Record Activity Spotlight – Class Representatives

Here’s today’s Co-curricular Record Activity Spotlight for Day 3 of NZ’s National Volunteer Week.

Many of you will have heard your lecturers ask for volunteers to be a Class Representative for your course. Here’s a quick explanation as to what the role involves.

There is one Class Rep for every course at UC, sometimes more if your course is large, and each receives training from the UCSA. Whenever a student might have an issue with the teaching of the course, or if they have any feedback, the Class Rep acts as the go-to for students to anonymously raise this with your lecturer. At the end of the course, Class Reps organise a survey and report their findings to the UCSA to improve its quality.

Being a Class Rep can get you recognised on a Co-curricular Record and through a UCSA certificate if you meet all the requirements!

If you’re a first-year undergrad and plan to or are considering volunteering as a Class Rep in one of your courses next Semester, read more information on the CCR website:

You can also check out other activities on the CCR website and find out how to register:

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