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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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    Imagine Cup Software Design finalists

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    * Post edited 4/2/08 to add Greenwich to the University list - sorry for missing you off Greenwich* We are pleased to announce that the following have been selected to go through to the next round of the Software Design Challenge of the UK Imagine...
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    Take the XNA Game Studio 2.0 Survey

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    You seem to have taken very well to XNA Games Studio Express; many of you have attended events, requested Getting Started DVDs (I still have some left if anyone else wants any), have introduced it to students and into the curriculum and have been enthusiastic...
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    Blog smart

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    The natural cynic in me was not too enthused about the relevance or the fun of blogging until fairly recently. I have now been bitten by the bug though and enjoy finding articles and information to pass on. Our statistics show that you enjoy reading our...
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    Snippets, samples and resources now on the MSDN code gallery

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    The MSDN Code Gallery is a new resource that we have just launched. Somasegar describes the gallery as: The MSDN Code Gallery is a portal for snippets, samples and other resources. In it you can find pages that describe samples and supporting documents...
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    Heroes Happen Here

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    Introducing tne new HHH ( Heroes Happen Here ) Comic Series. This is a new daily web comic by Microsoft and Seagate that adapts tech stories from actual IT Professionals and Developers - a web comic that reflects the real lives of IT Hero's such as you...
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    Joining instructions for the Bletchley Park SIlverlight Academic Day

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    Last week we announced that we are accepting registrations for our Silverlight Academic Day at Bletchley Park on March 12th. This event is aimed at both designers and developers and we are pleased to say that we are almost sold out of developer seats...
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    Inspiration Online

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    Have your students been inspired recently? Our Inspiration tour sold out early on and continues to be a huge success. If your students missed it then they can now see it online because we are releasing the sessions on Channel8.com , our international...
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    Free ASP.NET hosting for UK Students from WebFusion

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    Many of you will have met or be about to meet Ed Dunhill as he tours the country with Ben Coley delivering the Inspiration Tour . When not on the road, Ed has been working on a great deal for students - Free ASP.NET hosting for all UK Students provided...
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    50+ killer online resources for computer science students

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    This practical site offers great advice and resources for both current and potential Computer Science students. With categories such as: Advice Money Organisations Careers Artificial Intelligence Hacking and Security Programming Information Sources and...
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    Computer Security: What's the point?

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    Steve Lamb , our resident security evangelist, told me about this free security lecture entitled, Computer Security: What's the point! which is being held at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in Edinburgh on the evening of February 13th . Please...
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    .NET Framework Source Code Goodness

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    Oh yes. Following up from his earlier announcement , Scott Guthrie has just announced the broad availability of the .NET Framework library source code for debugging in Visual Studio 2008. Full details can be found on Scott's post , including a comprehensive...
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    Join us at Bletchley Park

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    UK Academics teaching in both technology and design departments are invited to the Microsoft “Silverlight for Academics” event at Bletchley Park on the 12 th March . Hear from leading Microsoft staff and academics on how Silverlight can be used in teaching...
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    Embedded World 2008

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    We are now working with a number of Universities with regards embedded technologies and held our 3rd meeting at the University of Westminster just before Christmas. Several actions have come out of this meeting, one of which being to help keep you informed...
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    How to define a mashup

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    Mashup is one of those widely used buzzwords that we all think we understand but sometimes struggle to explain to our less technical friends. Eileen Brown is at the BETT show this week and saw a great demo and heard a beautifully simple explanation.....
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    Get your XNA game in the spotlight

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    Today is a good day to achieve your 15 minutes of fame because the XNA team are looking to showcase your XNA games! You'll find all the details on the XNA blog but you'll need to hurry as the deadline is next week. In the light of how popular XNA has...
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    Simply a great idea

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    Rob Miles at the University of Hull had one of his brainwaves: Why not set up a Messenger alias so that students entering the Imagine Cup can ask their questions? Great idea Rob! Ed Dunhill has embedded the Academic Team Messenger into his blog so click...
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    Software Entrepreneurship for Students: Curriculum Module Introduction and Launch

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    We invite you to join your colleagues from over 50 universities who have already registered to attend this event. What is it all about? The Software Entrepreneurship for Students Curriculum has been developed by Microsoft specifically for technical universities...
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    Films for Learning

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    One of the exciting new projects being demonstrated at the BETT show this year is the Films for Learning Project. I know that many of you work with your feeder schools to establish links, provide extra curricular activities and to foster enthusiasm for...
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    We hear you! - and have moved the deadline for the Software Design Challenge as requested

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    Due to popular demand we have extended the deadline for submission of round one entries into the Software Design Challenge for one week. The new date is January 16th . We hope this will meet your requests for a little more time so that you can talk to...
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    How software is built

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    www.howsoftwareisbuilt.com is a blog that was launched last year to gather perspectives on both the Open Source and Closed Source Development Models and to encourage wide audience feedback and inputs. It contains numerous detailed interviews with various...
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    Microsoft Research PhD Scholarships 2008

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    In 2004, the Microsoft European Science Initiative launched the Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme and sponsored a first batch of 10 PhD Scholars. Since then Microsoft has awarded another 68 scholarships. We are now in the process of making...
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    Fancy a day out and the chance to learn something new?

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    Why not come along to one of this month's MSDN events? Please click on the links to get full info and to register. MSDN: Windows Server 2008 for developers Date: 17 January 2008 Location: Manchester MSDN: Windows Server 2008 for developers Date: 23 January...
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    The simplest New Year's Resolution to achieve

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    Happy New Year to all! While many a student is still sleeping off the effects of their festivities we are aware that a dedicated few are polishing up their ideas for their entry into the Software Design Challenge of the Imagine Cup. A minority are sleeping...
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    Merry Christmas

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    The Academic Team at Microsoft UK would like to wish all of our blog readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Andy, Mark, Ed, Claire, Kate, Anna-Liza, Ben and Muhammad Technorati Tags: Merry Christmas
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    Developer Highway Code book updated and available for download

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    To build software that meets your security objectives, you must integrate security activities into your software development lifecycle. This handbook captures and summarises the key security engineering activities that should be an integral part of your...
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