I posted on Facebook asking if anyone had experience of Liverpool Uni, Physics and the city and got this great response from Jay at Liverpool on 24th August which was much more than I could have expected. Some good insights for ANY student going to uni I have not edited the post in any way!
I studied Ancient History there - I graduated this year, and I'm staying on for an MA, because the Uni is excellent. In terms of real advice, I'm somewhat abnormal, but:
i) Don't drink too much - Liverpool is a big drinking city, and it's a common mistake to think 1st year doesn't count so you don't need to work. In my experience, people who didn't work for first year didn't understand 2nd/3rd year. That's unfashionable advice, but unfortunately it often comes down to a simple choice: drink or get a good degree. ii) Get into the music scene, Liverpool has a fantastic one, and make some good mates you can enjoy it with - the first people you meet will likely not last, but you'll find others during the year. Similarly pick up some hobbies, and test out a variety of clubs (they usually let you come for 3 weeks before paying to join). iii) Get to know the staff. I've seen so many people put in a bad situation and unable to appeal (for example, against plagiarism), because they don't know the staff. If you know & are nice to the staff it's not only going to make it easier to appeal against stuff, but it also tends to put your marks up a bit (though I really shouldn't say this). This is particularly true for Liverpool because the faculty-central admin division at the moment is leaving a lot of the decisions up to minor staff members. iv) Do your work early. This seems lame, but it really is easier and better. It takes the same amount of time to do a good piece late as it does early, and it's likely to be better if it's done early. That way it's out of the way and you can spend your time doing stuff that you want, and you feel good about yourself. I used to do mine so that it'd be finished a week or so early, then leave it until the day before and do a final proof read, maybe switch some things around. v) You should look into on-campus halls, they've built a new multi-million pound halls right next to the Sydney Jones Library, and it looks lovely. It's meant to have a restaurant, shops, etc, plus the rooms look very nicely built.
Applications are now open!
The Microsoft Student Partner Programme recognises top young minds from around the world that are passionate about technology. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop real-world skills to help you succeed in your future career, to help others learn about the technology of today and tomorrow, and to connect with other like-minded students, all whilst having a ton of fun along the way. The program is our way of encouraging students who are interested in building a closer relationship with Microsoft, and those who are simply hooked on technology, or talking about it to others to develop their skills further.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY! This downloads an Excel spreadheet for you to complete – then send it back to me here on email@example.com and we’ll be in touch!
So what exactly is a Microsoft Student Partner?
As a team we are responsible for helping students and start-ups design, create and publish great quality apps for Windows 8, Windows Azure and Windows Phone. An MSP’s role is to help us achieve this by:
So we are looking for students who:
We do want to encourage discussion and debate about technology and hence your experiences and opinions are extremely valuable. If you want to share your passion and develop industry-leading skills, we want to hear from you.
What will you get in return?
As part of your role as an MSP you will receive the following
How do we select MSPs?
The application process will open in August 2012 and we’ll review applications in September. Subsequent selection will take place until the end of December 2012.
To consider applying for the MSP Program, you must be:
What are we looking for?
All MSPs should have the following basic qualities:
What’s the fine print?
How to apply?
Applications for the 2012-2013 Academic Year are now open. To apply for the Microsoft UK MSP programme, please refer to the competencies required and the responsibilities above.
Complete the application form by clicking here. This downloads an Excel spreadheet for you to complete – then send it back to me here on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch!
·You will need to provide contact details from an academic member of your department or the professional who you have worked with in the technology industry
For all questions regarding the Microsoft UK program, please email email@example.com
There has been some great progress from students with app development on Windows 8. In order to get your App into store before General Availability (GA) of Windows 8 there is a process to go through – but it is free and its called the App Excellence Lab (AEL) process.
Here’s what we need you to do.
If you are still at the “just starting” point then the UK Windows 8 Landing Page has some great resources including physical developer camps – there may be one near you.
Windows 8 available for developers and new developer content based upon final code is now available in the Windows Dev Centre: http://dev.windows.com.
The Windows 8 available for developers blog details how to get a 90 day evaluation version of Windows 8 if you’re not part of TechNet, MSDN or DreamSpark Premium for institutional administrators.
The Windows Dev Center, now contains brand new overviews and migration guides for apps built on RP as well as..
The Windows engineering and Windows Store teams are blogging regularly at the following sites
· Windows 8 app developer blog: Get coding and design best practices and tips, and updates on events and offers for developers.
· Windows Store for developers blog: Get all the latest news on doing business in the Windows Store.
As all of you saw, last week we had a group of 26 lucky students who got that chance to come into the Microsoft HQ for the AppsinAugust programme. The competition was stiff and we had a lot of great candidates to choose from. The 26 winners had their chance to not only display their ideas and talents in app making, but to turn these ideas and visions into a reality. Below is Matthew Price’s account of his experience.
Hi all! My names Matthew Price @mprice86 and I am a 2nd year HND student at SERC Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. In my spare time I love to blog, programme, and write my own music. In this post I wanted to give you a little insight into the Apps in August Programme and try and explain just how amazing the whole experience was.
Apps in August was (as it turned out) a concept quickly dreamed up by Phil Cross, Ben Nunney and Natasha Joseph over coffee; which for anyone who drinks coffee knows, is when all the best ideas happen. At no stage however, did AppsinAugust feel unprepared or cobbled together; had we not been told otherwise, there was no indication that this event had not been taking place for years already.
The beginning of any project is often the most important phase and it was Monday, August 6th at Microsoft UK HQ (in Reading) that this event started both to take shape, and to shape those attending. The first day was ostensibly an introduction to the campus and the event; establishing Microsoft and their offices as (most likely) being the most impressive place that any of us has had the pleasure to work. The sprawling campus, the open and inviting office spaces, and the welcoming and enthusiastic staff all set the tone for what was to be a thoroughly entertaining and educational three days. The virtually unlimited, free drinks did play role here too; but perhaps more for some than others.
Consisting of a few “welcome” talks, some introductory guidance and a very pleasant lunch on the lawn; day one set the tone and the mood for the remainder of the event. I am sure that any of the lucky attendees would agree that even the shuttle bus ride into the campus was a pretty special experience. Dinner followed, after an opportunity to refresh at the hotel, and provided a most welcome opportunity for both students and staff to mingle, talk and generally get better acquainted.
Day two was when things started to get serious. Attendees divided themselves into project groups based on skills, background and ideas; with everyone getting the chance to work on more or less any project that they desired. There was a talk on Modern UI (formerly Windows 8 UI) design style, which highlighted the importance of proper design. It should be said that this talk did not stick rigidly to a “follow these rules” formula, but served to highlight the flexibility that is afforded within the (relatively open) confines of the Modern UI design language. Then there was time provided for individual and group planning work, with assistance on hand for those who needed it; and extra time set aside to ensure the best possible groupings on projects. After all, the ultimate goal here is to ensure that there will be student produced applications in the Windows 8 Store before general availability. Once again, in the evening there was a meal laid on in Reading with more time for discussion and bonding between attendees and the staff.
In summary; there are many words that could be used to describe the experience of the last few days, none of which could really do justice to just how enlightening, impressive and inspirational it all was. If you did not have the chance to take part this year, then all I can recommend is that you keep your eyes and ears open for any future events in a similar vein. If you have any level of interest or skill in programming then there can be no excuse for not applying. The opportunity on offer here is enormous; do not pass up your chance to take part in something amazing.