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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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    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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    Windows 7 RTM now in MSDN AA and ELMS!

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    I’m very excited to announce that Windows 7 RTM is now available for download in MSDNAA and ELMS ! The release for MSDNAA includes the following: · Windows 7 (x86 and x64) Professional · Windows 7 (x86 and x64) Enterprise (VL Edition for labs) We have...
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    The Ultimate Steal: Microsoft Office Ultimate for just £38.95 for students only ending on June 26th

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    The Ultimate Steal offer for students in UK Universities and Colleges is close to an end. You have until June 26th to go on the Ultimate Steal website , validate yourself as a student by providing your .ac email address and you will receive an email with...
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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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    MSDNAA ELMS and Windows 7 Beta

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    Hello Everyone, There has never been a better time to move your MSDN AA subscription to ELMS (e-academy License Management System) because as from Thursday 5th February Windows 7 Beta will be available for distribution. To make Windows 7 Beta available...
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    The physics in games, real time simulation explained

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    Did you ever find yourself wondering about the maths behind your favourite simulation game? Did you know that the motion physics of a car are much more complicated than the those of an airplane? Anybody who thinks about the thinking behind things that...
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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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    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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    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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    The Ultimate Steal, tell your students!

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    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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    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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    Microsoft Azure Services Platform: Opening Up Cloud Computing

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    Hello, I thought I’d tell you about an independent article on Microsoft Azure Services Platform , written by David Jacobs of The Jacobs Group. David has over twenty years of computer and networking industry experience. He has managed leading-edge software...
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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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    And the winners of the Imagine Cup 2007 are...

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    Software Design · First place: Thailand — Team 3KC Returns/Project LiveBook! Prachaya Phaisanwiphatpong, Vasan Chienmaneetaweesin, Jatupon Sukkasem, Pathompol Saeng-Uraiporn · Second place: Korea — Team En#605/Project Finger Code Lim Chan-kyu, Min...
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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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    Microsoft IT Academy

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      Hello All, I thought I’d forward this information on to you all so that you can ensure that your students get access to software at a more affordable price. But not only that, the IT Academy is much more …   Microsoft IT Academy: Responding...
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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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    Imagine Cup Registrations

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      Hello Everyone, Interest for the Imagine Cup has been strong and we can confirm the various categories are now open for competition. From experience we know that the next couple of months will be key in getting great UK representation in the Imagine...
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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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    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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    Tales from the Inspiration Tour

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    The Inspiration Tour is underway and our presenters Ed Dunhill and Ben Coley have so far presented at Manchester Metropolitan University and Staffordshire University. Check out their blogs to read comments from the students and to access links to some...
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    All aboard!

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    The Disney Wonder Cruise ship will be packed full of academics from November 1-4 2007 all participating in the Microsoft Academic Days Conference on Business Applications, Relational Databases and Security. You are invited to join in either as a delegate...
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    Student Technology Day - Microsoft Research Talk on CS Inside Halo 3 True Ranking System

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    For those of you who joined us at the Royal Festival Hall on 1st October and, especially for those who were otherwise engaged, please find below the session by Thore Graepel, Joaquin Quiñonero Candela and Ralf Herbrich on Microsoft Research Talk on CS...
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    Inspiration Tour

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    We’re very excited in the Academic team, we’re just about to launch the “Inspiration Tour” and we can’t wait to go out and meet you all. Ed Dunhill Ed and Ben will be out on the road during the next six months, so why...
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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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