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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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    PhD Scholarship applications now open

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    The website is now ready for the next PhD Scholarship applications call http://research.microsoft.com/ero/icd/phd/ Deadline: 10 September 2008 As previous years, applications must be made by PhD supervisors not by students. Supervisors will be informed...
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    Microsoft Excel as the new 3D games engine?

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    It seems so unlikely and yet Peter Rakos has made it happen. Be amazed here . Claire Technorati Tags: Teaching , Student , Games , Excel Share this:
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    Lecturer exchange to Norway

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    Does your university teach .NET technologies in basic programming courses? If so then one of the University Colleges in Oslo would be very keen to offer an exchange starting Autumn 2008 for one academic year. Please let me know if you are interested and...
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    Try out the Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta

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    A few days ago, our colleagues at Corp. announced the public availability of Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta http://workspace.officelive.com the new Web-based extension of Microsoft Office that lets people access their documents online and share...
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    SteveB firing on all cylinders

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    I’m not privy to the background between Mr Guy Kawasaki and Mr Steve Ballmer, but Guy clearly enjoyed the opportunity to interview Steve, and planned on giving him a hard time. The first few minutes of the interview reminded me of my press training: Sometimes...
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    Silverlight on mobile phones

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    If you haven't already signed up to our Silverlight launch event , haven't visited the SIlverlight showcase site and/or haven't tried the free tutorials then now is the time to do so because the hot news is that Silverlight is coming to a Nokia mobile...
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    Mix it up!

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    Hi! I'm Alfred Biehler , working with Microsoft UK alongside Claire in Microsoft's Developer platform group. My focus is on all our UK developers, and I've been given the opportunity to attend the MIX conference at Las Vegas. My expectations of the event...
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    Undergraduate placement year openings

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    Creative Sharepoint are offering a 2 bright, confident and friendly Software Engineering undergraduates the opportunity to come and work in an agency which designs, deploys and delivers Sharepoint to a variety of clients, large and small. Working alongside...
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    3 new achievement awards added to the Imagine Cup

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    Entries are now being accepted for 3 new sections of the Imagine Cup; The Interoperability Award , The Windows Live Award and The Accessibility Award . Reasons for participating in these award include: · Practicing and demonstrating real-world technical...
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    Worldwide Telescope demo - an astonishing and inspirational technology

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    My colleagues all have their headphones on and are glued to their screens watching the demo of this new technology. It takes a lot to impress these technology-savvy folk but this demo is causing wows and gasps around our office. Richard Scoble even admits...
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    Silverlight 2.0 tutorials

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    Those of you coming along to our free Silverlight for Academics day on March 12th might want to take a look at the series of tutorials produced by Scott "lives in Seattle and builds a few products for Microsoft" Guthrie . If you have used WPF before...
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    Recruiting students via You Tube

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    I was looking at the University of Brighton's website this morning and spotted a link to a recruitment video for their Library and Information Management MSC courses. The video features staff, students and the facilities and went straight into the top...
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    5GB of free storage

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    It's been quite a week for announcements. First there was Dreamspark , then XNA 3.0 and now 5GB of Skydrive storage space. As Ray Fleming points out on the Higher Education blog, "Anybody can get a SkyDrive, as it's free - just sign up for it using your...
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    Bill Gates' speech at Stanford University

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    This interesting talk covers several topics that are of interest including Dreamspark, Students and the Imagine Cup. You and your students can find it on Channel 8 . If your students don't know about Channel 8 yet then here is the spiel. Channel 8 is...
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    6 Graduate opportunities with the CM Group

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    Last week we held our first Imagine Cup event at our offices in Reading during which our Academic Developer Evangelist, Ed Dunhill had opportunity to chat with Steve Cox from CM Group (Content Master). In Ed's own words. "CM create training, e-learning...
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    Coming soon - the ability to publish your XNA game on Xbox Live Marketplace

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    We are excited to announce the impending release of XNA Games Studio 3.0 this summer giving (among other things) the ability for all XNA authors to publish games to Xbox Live Marketplace and in the process, to earn reputation, fame and even income. This...
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    Early bird discount for the Architect Insight Conference

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    The Architect Insight Conference is a two day residential event aimed at senior architects in forward thinking companies and universities. There is an early bird discount which provides a saving of £229.13 for all those who register before leap day this...
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    DreamSpark is here!

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    What's this?  Free developer software for every student in the UK? Ed Dunhill has all the details on his blog . Share this:
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    Collaborative Campus Live Meeting

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    I learned on the Higher Education blog that our Colleagues in the Higher Education team are holding a Live Meeting: "On Tuesday 26 th February at 9.30am we will be running a Live Meeting presentation to discuss the Microsoft Collaborative Campus as a...
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    Why Rare recruits games graduates

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    The academic team has enjoyed working with Rare over the past 18 months and it seems they have enjoyed it too, so much so that Nick Burton has put pen to paper (OK, type to screen) to bring our attention to some great facts. You might be surprised...
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    Want to make 3D games using XNA?

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    Easy, here's the recipe: Download a copy of XNA Game Studio Express Click to visit Ed Dunhill's recent blog post where you can find the 3D ingredients including stunning demos by Dan Waters Add a generous dollop of imagination Et voila...
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    Fun technical curricula for schools

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    I've blogged before about all of the resources that are available on our global Faculty Connection website , if this is news to you then please take a moment to have a look because there really is a lot there that you can just take and use. I doubt however...
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    Innovation = fresh thinking that creates value

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    The Economist recently came up with this new, succinct definition of innovation. A definition which the Deputy director of Microsoft Research Cambridge (MSRC), Ken wood, applies to his team of top researchers. If you don't browse the MSRC website from...
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    More than 2 billion transistors on one little chip

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    This mind boggling achievement is available on a quad core chip called the Intel Tukwila. The first chip with 1 billion transistors was made in 2006 and so this new milestone nicely proves Moore's Law which states that the number of transistors it is...
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    Server Quest - the game where the IT Pro is king!

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    We think this is a fun way for us all to test our IT Pro skills. * Text edited 6/2/08* Just when you thought your eyes had finally healed from years of straining to make out pixilated adventure game graphics, Server Quest rolls into your browser...
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