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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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    Ink Analysis and Input SDK Supplement now available

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    The Ink Analysis and Input Supplement for the Microsoft® Windows® XP Tablet PC Platform Software Development Kit (SDK) adds two new components to the Tablet PC development kit: Ink Analysis APIs A COM layer for the StylusInput API The Ink Analysis APIs...
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    ConferenceXP Training Available Online

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    A ConferenceXP training session was held on 15/6/2005. This provided a fast-paced, one-day class on Microsoft .NET, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, and Microsoft Visual C#®. It was designed for professional developers or advanced computer science students...
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    ConferenceXP Developers Workshop 2006

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    Microsoft Research and the ConferenceXP Project Team will host a two-day ConferenceXP workshop for researchers, educators, developers, users and administrators on Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3, 2006 in Bellevue, Washington. The ConferenceXP...
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    Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Virtual Launch Event

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    Keynote Streamed LIVE from MS Studios: November 1, 2006, 8:00am PST http://www.ce6launch.com Get up to speed on the latest technology portfolio of tools and OS components by attending the Windows Embedded Virtual Launch Event. Attendees get hands-on with...
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    Call for Papers - Games Developement in Computer Science Education

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    We've just launched the website for the Microsoft Academic Days on Game Development in Computer Science Education (February 22-25, 2007). You can view the details at: www.msadgd07.net PLEASE NOTE: The Paper Submission Deadline is November 5, 2006 Andy
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    Funding Opportunity: Gaming in Computer Science

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    My colleagues in Microsoft Research have just announced a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the creation of curriculum and other resources that utilise gaming paradigms to enhance the teaching of core computer science concepts. It's building on the work...
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    Developer Developer Developer!!!

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    Wow! The stunning developer fest that is DDD, is returning to Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Part, on 2 December. What is it? DDD is all about developers learning, sharing and interacting with each other in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. It's a...
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    A great cv-booster for your students!

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    It's that time of year again! We're looking for the best and brightest students to come and drink some Microsoft Kool-aid. I should mention that this is UK-flavored Kool-aid, the best there is. I'm inviting you to nominate your students to become Microsoft...
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    XNA Express is here!

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    Don't waste your time reading this - go and download it from here ! Can't stay.... must.... code.... Andy
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    Give your students a jump-start with the Windows Mobile Starter Kits

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    The Windows Mobile Team have just published three starter kits for mobile developers. Comprising a tabbed browser, plugin utility and a game, each starter kit is a fully functional application written in either C#, VB.NET or C++. To get started you'll...
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    XNA Express Licensing in Academia

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    Since my last post on XNA, I've been literally swamped by an e-mail asking for some clarification around licensing XNA Express in Academia. So, where are we at? Both the XNA Framework and XNA Express (and therefore Visual C# Express) are free. It will...
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    Teaching Games Dev on the 360 - Oh Yes

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    Across the UK, I'm always bumping into academics who are either teaching, or are planning to teach on a games programming degree. And to a man (generally), they ask whether or not they can use XBOX 360's for games dev in the classroom. And unfortunately...
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    Imagine Cup World Wide Final - The Results Are In!

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    Well, you heard it here last. After a very long week of competition in Agra, and a couple of days battling it out in Delhi, the world-wide Imagine Cup final results are in. Italy's team, Event .ctor (I think that's right) demonstrated a system for collecting...
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    Windows CE 6.0 Hands On Lab

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    For those of you that teach embedded systems, you may well be aware that Windows CE 6.0 has gone into Beta. To help you get to grips with this, we have a Virtual Lab availble on MSDN. It'll take you the best part of a couple of hours, but you won't need...
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    Learning Resources for SQL Server?

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    SQL Server Express is a great database for students to learn the basic on - it's a fully featured RDBMS, and it's totally free. I've been a fan of SQL Server since 6.5, and used it at all kinds of levels - from simple web sites through to enterprise data...
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    Windows Academic Program now available!

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    We're pleased to announce that the Windows Academic Program is now available. What is it? We'll it's a three-part program designed to help you teach OS principles using the Windows kernel source code: Windows Operating System Internals Curriculum...
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    Welcome!

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    I guess this is by now an established tradition. The first post on a new blog that always tells you a little bit about the author, their motives for setting up the blog, what to expect, and a link to a joke. So - perhaps the joke link isn't that common...
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