UWE Bristol School of Engineering

Bristol, United Kingdom

Hosted by Group avatarUWE Bristol Repair Cafe

Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands

Description

UWE Bristol’s Repair Café runs 12.15 – 1.45pm in the Atrium of Z Block (School of Engineering)

Repair of small electrical items and appliances, clothes, and more. Whatever can be glued, soldered, or stitched, though we don’t have the capacity to fix tablets, laptops, and mobile phones.

Repairers meet from 11.45am onwards for socials and sandwiches. Please get in touch with [email protected] if you are looking to join as a repairer!

Any up to date info, including how to get there can be found here: https://sway.office.com/nDQYKCml3xgOVX7L

Location

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University Of The West Of England - Frenchay, Coldharbour Ln, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK

About the group

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UWE Bristol Repair Cafe

UWE Bristol’s repair café launches offers students, staff and members of the public the chance to have their broken items fixed at the university’s Frenchay campus.

The initiative is run by students and community repair volunteers and held every second Wednesday of the month between 12:15 – 1.45pm in the Atrium of the School of Engineering (Z Block).

The repair café has been launched thanks to MAKERS funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Items that can be repaired may include electricals and small appliances, clothes, and anything that can be glued, soldered, or stitched.

Volunteer repairers of electrical and electronic items receive guidance and support from the School of Engineering’s skilled technicians, ensuring all repairs are done in a safe manner and to a good standard.

The MAKERS project - Making And Knowledge Exchange for Repair and Sustainability - aims to improve representation and belonging in engineering for women and people from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic groups, alongside those from underrepresented backgrounds.

The project aims to create a student community of making and repair and further build on the links to the wider Bristol community repair movement, including with SPARKS Bristol, Eastville Repair Café, plus ongoing work with young community members from St Pauls and previous UWE Bristol STEM partnership projects in the city.

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Restart Party Do’s and Don’ts

DO

  • Check if your device is still within warranty, you may be eligible for a free repair, replacement or a refund. (Which? helps in the UK).
  • Take responsibility for your device and your data. Our volunteers are here to help you learn to fix your gadget, not to provide a free repair service. Get involved!
  • Backup your data. We can’t be responsible for your cat pics, so please back up your device before you come. (Of course you already do this once a month, right?)
  • Charge up your device and bring all leads.
  • Get in touch with organisers if you have any questions about whether a fix is possible.

DON’T

  • Assume repairs will be successful. We help fix over half of devices at our events. Even if your repair is unsuccessful, you will learn about your device and why it failed.
  • Expect us to have spare parts. But we can help you source them. Often people visit twice: first we’ll help diagnose the fault, then you source the spare part, and on your return we’ll help you do a replacement.
  • Attempt a mobile screen repair just to save money. DIY mobile screen repair is a learning opportunity first and foremost. Please see our advice page first.
  • Bring a microwave.