Be Notified When Someone Becomes Available

Tagging for status change alerts in Skype for Business

If you are wanting to call or IM (Instant Message) someone but they are away from their desk, in a meeting or otherwise busy, you can “tag” them so that you will be notified when they become available.

  1. Look up the person you wish to tag
  2. Right click their name
  3. Select Tag for Status Change Alerts
  • A pop-up will appear on your screen when their status changes to Available

NOTE: Remember to untag them afterwards otherwise you’ll get a pop-up every time their status changes.
(To untag them, reverse the above process.)

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Thanks to Bronya Don and Karen Mather for this tip.


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Links to HR forms, letters and tools changed

We are migrating all HR forms and tools within the HR Toolkit to the new version of SharePoint. The site links have been updated and we are working through updating all links inside documents.

If you have a link anywhere on your website which maps directly to an HR tool this will need to be updated to point to the new location. 

Should you require any support please contact Sue Woodgate or Rochelle Harpur

PowerPoint “Extras for Experts” Session

If you use Microsoft PowerPoint you will gain some powerful skills from this PowerPoint “Extras for Experts” demonstration session delivered by Martin Budd.

This is an initiative of the Professional Community of In-house Trainers (PLC). There is the opportunity for non-PLC members to attend this session, so if you would like to attend, the first 10 responses to Learning and Development can secure a place. Be quick!

1.00 – 2.30pm Wed 27 September, Wheki 102, Dovedale Campus

Martin writes the Tech Tips in Intercom each week and is an IT applications training specialist, drawing upon his previous career as a computer graphics specialist to bring you PowerPoint tips that make a difference.

In the session Martin will cover topics such as:
– best practice for delivering presentations with PowerPoint
– utilising the Slide Master
– optimising images to minimise file size issues
– linking versus embedding images
– linking to external data such as Excel charts and tables
– in-slide video editing
– finding UC PowerPoint templates
and more.


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Kathmandu NZ Student Social Enterprise Challenge

The UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) is hosting the Kathmandu NZ Student Social Enterprise on Tuesday 26 September, from 5:00pm in the Engineering Core.

Students from the University of Otago, University of Canterbury, Ara, Victoria University of Wellington, AUT and the University of Auckland competed in a regional challenge, with the winning team from each region earning the right to compete at the National Finals. The topic for the regional challenge was wellbeing.

The four teams that will be competed at the National Final are: the University of Auckland, the University of Canterbury, the University of Otago, and Victoria University of Wellington.

Final presentations are open to the public – register to attend the final presentations here!

Doors open at 5:00pm, 26 September at the Engineering Core. There will be free drinks and nibbles.

Ilam School on campus for Cultural Day – 26 September

On Tuesday (26 September) Ilam School are holding their school Cultural Day and as part of this will hold a parade which finishes with a walk out the front gates of the school on Ilam Rd, a short walk along Kirkwood Ave and come in through the adjoining driveway between the school and Kirkwood Campus.

For this parade the children are strongly encouraged to dress up in clothing that reflects their heritage. This year they have 62 ethnicities taking part.

This year participants will return through the far University driveway (next to 24 Kirkwood Ave) and walk back through Kirkwood Campus along the main access walkway. This allows Kirkwood Intermediate to fully support us and it enables the school to share with the greater Ilam community and University of Canterbury where we have strong links. This walk is scheduled to commence at 10:00 a.m. and participants expect to be on campus at approximately 10:10 for about 10 minutes.

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