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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

  • UK Academic Team Blog

    The Ultimate Steal, tell your students!

    • 7 Comments
    Students around the world are now able to get their hands on Office Ultimate 2007 at 90% off the recommended retail price. The official press release announced this deal yesterday and is already causing a lot of interest in our community. Students in...
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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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    Microsoft Academia on tour

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    This year we are sending out our Academic Developer Evangelists to visit every university in England, Scotland and Wales. Their mission is to deliver talks to students on .NET , XNA , Embedded and Silverlight in addition to answering questions, talking...
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    The Microsoft Inspiration Tour

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    Last week we announced that we are sending our team on the road from October to March to talk to your students. The response has been excellent and sadly I have to report that ALL of the Wednesday slots before Christmas have now been taken. There are...
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    Your invite to our events at GameCity

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    GameCity is an annual event held in Nottingham from October 24th-28th. As part of this, the Microsoft Academic team and Rare are running 2 events: the first for academics, the second for students on Thursday October 25th. The Academic Event is an invitation...
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    Summer reading

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    It may be July and raining but hopefully the sun will soon appear and we can all head to the beach with a good book. Make sure you pack some sun-cream and at least one of the following. Happy holidays! Mobile Development Microsoft® Mobile Development...
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    The Imagine Cup 2008

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    Those of you who have already hosted the Inspiration Tour will know that the Imagine Cup is a really exciting opportunity for students this year and includes some great new categories. In the UK we are even adding extra value. The key points are: 1...
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    The Rare 2008 lecture series

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    We are pleased to announce the 2008 lecture series offered by our colleagues at Rare. These free talks can be delivered to degree students in the UK. If you would like to book one then please let me know. We will try to satisfy all requests but recommend...
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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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    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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    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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    The XNA User Group

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    Those of you who are working with XNA should check out the XNA User Group . The founders, Robin and Leaf, will be joining us at both of our GameCity events so you will have the chance to meet them there and find out more about the group. In the meantime...
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    New teaching resources on the Academic Resource Centre

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    I hope by now that all of you are aware of the Academic Resource Centre , this marvelous global resource contains a wealth of information and materials contributed by academics and professionals from around the world. Here you will find papers, labs,...
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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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    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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    Free books for your library

    • 2 Comments
    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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    All books have now been re-located!

    • 2 Comments
    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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    Sample entry in the Software Design Category of the Imagine Cup

    • 2 Comments
    The Software Design Initiative of the Imagine Cup is always one of the most popular categories in the UK. To help you get to grips with what is required, Ed and Ben have created a sample entry . Please make your students aware of this, it could make all...
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    Free posters

    • 2 Comments
    I have just been handed a stack of very colourful posters that I can give out 4 at a time on a first come, first served basis. They feature Windows Server 2008 (codename Longhorn)and show the Feature Components, Active Directory Feature Components and...
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    New Silverlight Teaching Program Launching

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    As avid readers of our Academic blog I thought I’d give you a heads up about our latest teaching program which is due to launch soon. Having already covered XNA and Embedded technologies I’m pleased to announce that our third program for the year will...
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    DreamSpark is here!

    • 2 Comments
    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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    Blog smart

    • 2 Comments
    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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    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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    Academic Insight Conference now 100% fully subsidised - Limited places available

    • 2 Comments
    To make it easier for you to attend this great in-depth training opportunity, (we know how much trouble finance departments can sometimes be!) and because we have now secured extra budget for the Academic Insight Conference, we are taking the bold decision...
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    Tell us why you like Windows Vista and Office 2007 - and win a Tablet PC

    • 2 Comments
    Lots of education establishments are already using Windows Vista and even more are using Office 2007. And if you are one of those, then here's your chance to tell others why you like it...and win a prize. There are two Tablet PCs up for grabs in the competition...
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