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The Student Volunteer Army and the UC Sustainability Office have teamed up to run a series of reusable face mask workshops on campus – and they need your help to make as many masks as possible for our UC community!

The next workshop is planned for Monday 7 September, with afternoon and early evening volunteer shifts available. To learn more and to register for a workshop, follow this link here.

Sewing experience for these workshops are not required (but is of course, welcomed). We have plenty of tasks like cutting, pinning and ironing for the non-sewers out there!

If you are unable to attend a workshop but would like to contribute by donating materials or making masks at home (all fabric and pattern supplied) please contact Chloe on chloe.wium@canterbury.ac.nz

Come along to a relaxed and fun workshop to make a mask for our UC students and staff, plus take a mask home for yourself! Keep an eye out for more workshops over the coming weeks as they are confirmed.

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Reusable Facemask Workshops: We need your help!

The UC Sustainability Office and the Student Volunteer Army are exploring the idea of running some facemask workshops in the coming weeks. Our goal is to make a large amount of reusable facemasks accessible for our UC staff and student community – but we need your help!

In order to make these workshops happen, we’re gauging interest from our community for donations of the following:

  • Cotton fabric – of any colour and pattern
  • Any form of elastic or cotton tape
  • Thread of any colour
  • Sewing machines – these will be either a) operated only by you for the duration or part duration of the workshop or b) used by students or staff with sewing experience only.
  • Any time you may be willing to lend or sewing wisdom you are willing to share to help us ensure these workshops are a success!

If you’re interested in donating any of the above, would like to volunteer at a workshop with us or have any questions please contact Chloe Wium on chloe.wium@canterbury.ac.nz.

At this stage we are gauging interest with our community and seeing what resources we have available on our campus. Following this, we will begin to coordinate workshops – so stay tuned!

Please note: prior sewing experience is not necessary for volunteering at this workshop – we’ll need plenty of hands-on help with non-sewing tasks like cutting fabric, ironing and more. Please get in touch if you’re interested in being involved.




If you’re keen to give making one a try yourself this weekend, we recommend using this straightforward and beginner-friendly tutorial here. Don’t have access to a sewing machine? You can hand stitch, or pop in and visit the Te Rua Makerspace in Puaka-James Hight Library!

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DIY Beeswax Wraps with UC Sustainability and the Te Rua Makerspace

Earlier this month UC Sustainability held a DIY workshop in the beautiful new Te Rua Makerspace to celebrate our favourite month – Plastic Free July!

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be a part of the solution to plastic pollution. It’s a month long challenge which encourages all of us to ‘choose to refuse’ single use plastics – like takeaway coffee cups, drink bottles, straws, bags and plastic wrappers.

We decided to tackle Plastic Free July by showing our UC community how to make their own alternative to cling film – by repurposing old materials into beeswax food wraps!

Check out UC Puna Te Rua Makerspace’s video below, and catch up on all the fun we had.

Want to make your own beeswax wrap? All you need is some beeswax, cotton fabric, baking paper and an iron. Check out the full instructions here, and give it a go at home!

Huge thank you to Andy from the Te Rua Makerspace and the UC Library team for collaborating with us to bring you this workshop. 

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Tap CTRL to Locate your Mouse Pointer

Have you ever been in the situation where someone is showing you something on their computer, clicking menus and settings, but you can’t see where their mouse is? This is the solution, so you don’t cause other people the same problem!

Tapping the Ctrl key (on your keyboard) will show the location of your mouse pointer.

(But if it’s not working for you, I explain below what to do.)

This is useful any time you are demonstrating something on a computer – you could be sharing your screen on a Zoom call and pointing out parts of a picture or diagram…. or explaining which menus or buttons to click… or you could be running a training session or demonstration – or you could simply be having trouble locating your mouse pointer when you move it from one monitor screen to another.

Try it now. Tap your Ctrl/Control key while watching your mouse pointer: a series of circles should appear briefly around your mouse pointer each time you tap the Ctrl key.

If it is not working, there is a setting for it that you need to switch on: (there is a picture below if you don’t like reading instructions; if you can’t read it properly use Ctrl+scroll to zoom)

  1. Click the Search magnifying glass at the bottom left corner of your monitor screen (next to the Windows/Start button).  If you don’t have the Search magnifying glass, click the Windows/Start button and scroll down to Search (and while you’re there right-click the word “Search” and select More and then Pin to Taskbar – so that it is always on your Taskbar).
  2. In the Search box type Mouse pointer
  3. Click Change how the mouse pointer looks when it’s moving
    – the Mouse Properties dialogue box displays
  4. Click the Pointer Options tab
  5. At the bottom of the dialogue box, ensure there is a tick in the checkbox Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key
  6. Click the OK button

Dialogue boxes showing the Windows Search box and Mouse Pointer options

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Upcoming Robotics Process Automation workshop

The UC Robotics Process Automation team are happy to announce that the first one-day RPA workshop will be held on Wednesday 8 July.

This one-day workshop is offered by Price Waterhouse Cooper to enhance Robotic Process Automation awareness and capability using UiPath. The course is delivered over one day, during which attendees will be given an introduction into RPA development and capabilities, Agile development methodology and an overview of how to identify processes that are good candidates for RPA.
This workshop is designed to equip attendees with the foundational skills and understanding of RPA that will enable them to understand where they are best placed to contribute to RPA adoption at UC and to identify future personal development areas that will enable that contribution. These roles can be:

  • RPA Enthusiast / Change leader within teams
  • RPA Developer
  • RPA Implementation Manager

The format of this bootcamp suits anyone who has logical workflow thinking and is interested in become a “RPA Enthusiast”.

If you are interested in attending, please discuss this with your manager and then notify us of your interest.

For more information, please see the link for the L&D page for the bootcamp below: