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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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    XNA Game Studio 3.0 CTP is here!

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    Go team XNA! We're delighted to announce that the Community Technology Preview for XNA 3.0 is here. Dave Weller has the full details on the release , on the XNA Team Blog . For those of you that are still here, highlights include the ability to push games...
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    XNA Creators Club Codes are now in MSDN AA!

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    While students have been able to get their own codes through Dreamspark , we've not been able to get these codes out to whole departments until now! So, if you're looking to get every single student, or every lab machine a Creator's Club subscription...
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    New release roundup - Part I

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    Oh boy, one bank holiday, and there's more new software than I can cope with. Here's a quick summary   Microsoft Office Labs The office team have been gathering up all the good ideas and mini-apps (I use the term 'mini' relative to Office here) and...
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    Unlocking Darwinian Research with SQL Server 2008

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    Researchers in Cambridge University have been using the new spatial data types in SQL Server to help them better understand pre-Darwinian work on diversity and variation, originally recorded in the 1820's. This is a fascinating case-study that demonstrates...
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    All books have now been re-located!

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    Woah! We've had a busy few days getting all the books out of the door, and I'm pleased to report that they're all gone! You've cleaned us out. Apologies to those who couldn't adopt the book the wanted - this has been hugely popular. If you missed out...
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    The Women in Games Conference 2008

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    WIth so many of you involved in Games Development and Design, I thought you might be interested in this conference. Please note that academic papers are being sought from both lecturers and students and that this is not a women only event. Claire Technorati...
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    Nominate your key students to be next year's Microsoft Student Partner

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    It is the time of year when we are recruiting the next batch of Microsoft Student Partners. We really welcome your nominations; preferably one per university and a student who is in their 2nd year so that they can gain experience prior to any internship...
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    Still more books looking for a new home

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    Dear UK Academics, I recently posted about some books that we would like to donate to your libraries. I had a fair number of requests and was able to send out some very heavy parcels. I still have some books left though, so if you would like to claim...
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    Paolo joins the UK Academic Team

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    Hi, Our newest team member, Paolo Barone, is now up to speed and is getting involved in our activities. His role is that of a Depth Evangelist - you can find out what that means and how it may be of help to you by reading this post on his new blog . Claire...
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    Game Developers Conference materials now available

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    The XNA materials presented at the recent Games Developers Conference are now available. I know from those of you that attended that this was an excellent conference so I hope you find these useful. Claire Technorati Tags: XNA , Game Development...
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    Free Project 2007 seminars

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    Our colleagues in the Education Team have arranged a free half-day seminar that will run 4 times starting this week in London. If you find that you are never quite on top of your To Do Lists then this is the seminar for you. Click here for further details...
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    University staff now able to buy Office at £38.95 too

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    By now we hope that all your students are aware that they can buy a legal copy of Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for the bargain price of £38.95 - for details please refer to our previous Ultimate Steal posts. The really good news is that now staff are...
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    Inspiration Tour debrief

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    With only 5 dates left to go, the Inspiration Tour presenters are quite excited about what has been achieved. Please point your students to look at Ed's blog where they can get access to all of the sessions online and get links to the materials that were...
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    Free books for your library

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    We have a collection of books in our cupboard that would like a new home in your department library. Please take a look at the list and let us know which ones are of interest to you, I will update the list as items are requisitioned. Apologies to our...
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    Free Silverlight posters

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    I have 100 free Silverlight posters to give away to UK universities. If you would like some then please email me . (max 4 per university) Claire Technorati Tags: Silverlight , Teaching Share this:
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    Do you want to join our Silverlight pilot programme?

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    It was great to see so many of you at historic Bletchley Park for our Silverlight day. All the presentations from the event can now be found here. http://cid-54712127c08e35e8.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Public/Silverlight%20Event We are now recruiting...
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    Human Computer Interaction redefined

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    This interesting article and video will get you thinking. Claire Technorati Tags: Human Computer Interaction , Teaching , Student Share this:
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    Champion IT - the award for outstanding IT professionals

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    I spotted this post on Eileen Brown's blog and thought it would be great to have some academic nominations/winners. If someone in your IT dept is an unknown hero then please put their name forward. Claire Technorati Tags: Champion IT , Competition , Teaching...
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    New Expression community site

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    Visit http://expression.microsoft.com to experience the new Expression community site. This is a fantastic resource giving access to forums, training links, news and inspiration related to web design. Claire Technorati Tags: Expression , Teaching , Student...
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    RSDE vacancy in medical imaging

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    A new group is being formed at Microsoft Research, Cambridge (UK) to work on Medical Imaging. This has been prompted by the establishment of a new product group in Redmond under Peter Neupert - the Health Solutions Group (HSG). We are planning a group...
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    A legal copy of Office 2007 Ultimate for £38.95

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    The countdown to the end of the Ultimate Steal student offer has started. The deal (Office 2007 Ultimate edition for £38.95) ends at the end of April. If you want your students on campus to hear about the offer before it closes, you can let them know...
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    A 15 minute demo that will change the way you teach and the way your students learn

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    http://channel8.msdn.com/Posts/OneNote-the-Mega-Tool-for-Learning/ Take the time to watch this demo, it has some great ideas in it that really are changing the ways that teachers teach and students learn. Claire Technorati Tags: OneNote , Student , Teaching...
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    New Expression Web materials available

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    Expression Web Curriculum and Your Learning Guide to Expression Web are two new resources that were recently uploaded to the Academic Resource Centre . Claire Technorati Tags: Teaching , Expression Web Share this:
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    Silverlight competition: Be all you can be!

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    We have just announced a fun competition utilising our new Silverlight technology. If you or your students are currently exploring what you can do with Silverlight then why not put your efforts to use and enter. The task: to restyle our Mix:UK07 website...
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    Perspectives: A new resource

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    Today we're launching a new Microsoft-oriented interview series called Perspectives at http://perspectives.on10.net . The show will touch on a variety of topics including robotics, digital identity, e-science, and social software. The format is an audio...
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