Celebrating another successful O Day

This year’s Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day) at the University of Canterbury has been another record-breaker.

According to preliminary numbers we’re up 8.5% on 2018, with more than 3800 new students and whānau attending O Day.  Which is an increase on 2017 as well.

A total of 3193 people attended our College sessions – well up on 2715 in 2018.

A big thanks to our Events team and all of the staff who volunteered their time to give a warm welcome to the students joining our UC community this year.

With all new and returning students on campus from Monday, we are set for a fantastic 2019.

Toolkit for new students

A seven-week toolkit has been developed to ensure new students get the information they need to successfully complete their first term at UC. 

Starting on Monday all new students will receive a weekly email which will include information, advice and tips to help them settle into life at UC. 

Information in the seven week toolkit includes:

  • advice on lectures, labs and tutorials as well as study tips
  • information about library services and the Academic Skills Centre
  • asking for help and the student support services available at UC
  • health and safety on campus
  • getting involved at UC – UC Clubs day, UC Rec & Sport, UniLife, mentoring programmes
  • expectations around student behaviour and conduct
  • advice around the fear of failure.

The messaging has been structured to provide information to students when they need it, and is based on findings from previous UCount surveys and student feedback. 

Find your way with UC Finder app

UC Finder app is here to help you find your way around campus. Download it to your phone now for free on Android and iPhone.

The app allows you to easily find what you’re looking for on campus. Find lecture theatres, cafés, car parks, bike stands, libraries, computer workrooms, departments and other facilities.

Each location is shown on an interactive map and when your GPS is enabled the map will indicate where you are and highlight the path to your destination.

Open PowerPoint Directly Into Presentation Mode

Want to make a good impression when giving a PowerPoint presentation in front of an important audience?

Open your PowerPoint file directly into presentation mode!

Here’s how:
1. Access the file on a USB/memory stick or in File Explorer
2. Right-click the file
3. Select Show rather than Open

Your PowerPoint file then opens directly into presentation mode.

Thanks to ACE computer training for this tip.

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For great time-saving tips, look up our Archive of Tech Tips or look through the the Technology Information for Staff website.

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