I went to visit the University of Sheffield this morning (my hometown) to catch up with one of their teams which has a massive enthusiasm for Vista. The bad news is, I fell off my bike in my rush to get there and now I'm bruised all over. The good news is they signposted me in the direction of this article which states that the university must ensure that its students consider the University to be leading edge and that part of this must include providing up to date software. This has led to all student open access machines having Office 2007 installed before the start of the academic year 2008/9. Go Sheffield!
Whilst on the subject of students and state of the art software. Some of my colleagues over in the US have done a bit of research into what're the key things students find useful in Vista. There's a focus on mobility here, laptop or UMPC users; here they are: