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About the UK Academic Team Blog

The Microsoft Academic team is here to support the teaching and learning of technology in UK universities. We do this in a number of ways including:

  • events for academics and students

  • competitions such as the Imagine Cup

  • delivering talks and demos at your campus

  • running pilot projects using key new technologies

If you would like to contact us to find out how we can support you then please email ukacinfo@microsoft.com.

 Academic Team

We are:

Top Left: Andy Sithers - Academic Team Lead

Top Centre: Anna Liza Lomibao - Student Marketing

Top Right: Ben Coley - Academic Developer Evangelist Intern

Centre Left: Allison McVety - Academic Information Manager

Centre Right: Ed Dunhill - Academic Developer Evangelist

Bottom Left: Kat Wilbey - Academic Marketing Programmes Manager

Bottom Centre: Mark Johnston - Marketing Lead

Bottom Right: Muhammad Walji - Marketing Intern

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    New Web Pages for UK Academic Team

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    Faculty Connection Welcome to the Microsoft Faculty Portal for educators in IT. From here you can access a huge range of information, resources and support from Microsoft, and find out more about our efforts and activities in the challenging...
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    Free workshop for academics - Introduction to Windows Azure

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    Course title: Cloud Computing with Windows Azure Date: 26 March 2010 Venue: QA Training, King William Street, London EC4N 7BE COST: Free of Charge   Overview This intensive one-day instructor-led workshop is aimed at academics with an interest in...
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    Call for Papers – Women in Games

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    Hosted this year by the University of Bradford and Bradford college, the 7th Women in Games conference is being run on 25th and 26th March. The good news is that the Call for Papers and Speakers deadline has been extended to 12th February 2010 due to...
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    UK Imagine Cup – support our charities!

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    OK – so we had a really interesting concept with the UK Imagine Cup this year – we brought five leading UK charities on-board to help our students identify real-world problems that, well, that shouldn’t be problems really.  And now, while the judges...
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    Academic Pricing for MIX10 announced…

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    Are you passionate about the web? Join us for MIX10, a 3 day event full of inspiration, content, and networking. MIX10 is a 72 hour conversation to learn about Microsoft's web platform and tools such as Windows Mobile, Silverlight, Expression, and ASP...
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    Office 2010 beta now available

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      For those in a hurry go get it here . I’ve been using this software for the last couple of months. Would I go back to 2007?  Only if you prised it from my cold fingers – it’s that good.  Solid and stable, you really, really shouldn’t...
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    Surface SDK Workstation Edition now available for download!

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    At PDC this week, we announced the broad availability of the Microsoft Surface SDK Workstation Edition. Now anyone interested in developing collaborative, engaging massive multi-touch, multi-user experiences for Surface can easily access the software...
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    UK Imagine Cup – Calling all problem solvers!

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          What is the Imagine Cup? The imagine cup is the world’s premier technology competition for students.  In 2009, more than 300,000 students from 142 countries entered the competition making it a truly global event. This is a chance...
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    Windows 7 RTM now in MSDN AA and ELMS!

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    I’m very excited to announce that Windows 7 RTM is now available for download in MSDNAA and ELMS ! The release for MSDNAA includes the following: · Windows 7 (x86 and x64) Professional · Windows 7 (x86 and x64) Enterprise (VL Edition for labs) We have...
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    Microsoft Student Partner Programme 2009- Apply today!

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    What are Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs)? Microsoft Student Partners are some of the brightest, most innovative student technology enthusiasts who are currently studying at a university in the UK. What is Microsoft Student Partner Programme...
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    The Ultimate Steal: Microsoft Office Ultimate for just £38.95 for students only ending on June 26th

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    The Ultimate Steal offer for students in UK Universities and Colleges is close to an end. You have until June 26th to go on the Ultimate Steal website , validate yourself as a student by providing your .ac email address and you will receive an email with...
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    Silverlight Insight event for UK Academics

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    As Paolo blogged we (the Microsoft Academic Team in the UK) are arranging an event targeted to Academics in Universities and Design Schools in the UK. Silverlight Insight is a one-day event designed to give attendees a solid understanding of the Silverlight...
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    MSDNAA ELMS and Windows 7 Beta

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    Hello Everyone, There has never been a better time to move your MSDN AA subscription to ELMS (e-academy License Management System) because as from Thursday 5th February Windows 7 Beta will be available for distribution. To make Windows 7 Beta available...
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    Microsoft IT Academy

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      Hello All, I thought I’d forward this information on to you all so that you can ensure that your students get access to software at a more affordable price. But not only that, the IT Academy is much more …   Microsoft IT Academy: Responding...
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    The Future of .NET Languages

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      Hello, Following on from the article on Microsoft Azure Services Platform , I thought I’d also point you in the direction of a further independent article, this time on The Future of .Net Languages and written by Damon Armstrong. Based in Texas...
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    Microsoft Azure Services Platform: Opening Up Cloud Computing

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    Hello, I thought I’d tell you about an independent article on Microsoft Azure Services Platform , written by David Jacobs of The Jacobs Group. David has over twenty years of computer and networking industry experience. He has managed leading-edge software...
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    Silverlight News

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    Hello Everyone, As usual, go away for a week and you come back to lots of interesting news. So, here in the first of several blogs, I thought I’d share some of this news with you.   Silverlight Controls Source Code The source code for the Silverlight...
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    Developing the Future

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    “Creating more successful software companies that can achieve global impact requires entrepreneurs and software developers who are driven by vision, curiosity, intelligence and energy.” G ordon Frazer, Managing Director, Microsoft UK, Vice President,...
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    MSDN Events

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    Hello Everyone, As we race towards 2009, I’d like to let you know about a series of free events taking place around the UK. MSDN is offering lots of demos and code delivered by Microsoft experts who will bring you up-to-date on what’s happening in the...
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    Imagine Cup for Schools

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    Information Technology Challenge   I’d like to tell you about the IT Challenge. As you may already know the Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. It is one way Microsoft is encouraging young people to apply their imagination...
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    Imagine Cup Registrations

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      Hello Everyone, Interest for the Imagine Cup has been strong and we can confirm the various categories are now open for competition. From experience we know that the next couple of months will be key in getting great UK representation in the Imagine...
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    Student Technology Day - Future User Experience Technologies

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    Hello All, Filmed at the Royal Festival on 1st October, please find below the session by Paolo Barone on Microsoft Surface : If for any reason you cannot view this clip, please do let me know. Best wishes,   Allison
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    Student Technology Day - Microsoft Research Talk on CS Inside Halo 3 True Ranking System

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    For those of you who joined us at the Royal Festival Hall on 1st October and, especially for those who were otherwise engaged, please find below the session by Thore Graepel, Joaquin Quiñonero Candela and Ralf Herbrich on Microsoft Research Talk on CS...
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    Student Technology Day – The Science Behind Live Search

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    Hello All, For those of you who came to the Royal Festival Hall and, more importantly, for those of you who couldn’t join us on the day, please find below the session by Jay Girotto , The Science Behind Live Search : If you have difficulty in viewing...
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    Student Technology Day – New Startup Video

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    Hello All, For those of you who came to the Royal Festival Hall and, more importantly, for those of you who couldn’t join us on the day, please find below the session by Andy McLoughlin , Lessons from Starting a Software Company : If for any reason you...
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