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  • Blog Post: Mergers and Acquisitions – What happens when universities collide

    One of the themes from the UCISA conference this year, from the first keynote on, was the possibility of massive upheaval in the higher education sector in the UK. Tough spending reviews, new ways of doing things and the very imminent possibility of multiple mergers and acquisitions between universities...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and UNESCO – teaming up on Higher Education

    Once I’ve posted this I really must go and pack because I’m about to head down to Paris to participate in this conference.  We’re looking at how technology can be used in higher education and producing some guidelines to support practitioners. Much of the theme will be around 21 Century skills and...
  • Blog Post: Professional Developers’ Day – March 23rd 2009

    This is a blog post for the hundreds of developers in university IT development teams that didn’t get the chance to go to PDC (in LA) or Tech Ed (in Barcelona). Because this time, you’ve got to stand a chance – it’s in London, it’s only a day – and if your boss is at Tech Ed in Barcelona this week*,...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Tour - more dates in Cambridge, Manchester and London

    Just after the the OCS launch, the UC team in the UK embarked on the Exchange Unplugged Tour 2007 that saw them travel to 9 venues during 3 weeks on the road seeing nearly 1000 attendees. Well, similar to any good rock and roll tour, they have decided to reform for more dates the bus will again be...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu at the UCISA Conference

    The Microsoft showcase at the UCISA conference will be presented in partnership with Helen Fletcher from Buckinghamshire New University and Salford Software , one of Microsoft’s Gold partners in the education sector. The topic presented for discussion will be how hosted services (email, online storage...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning programme relaunched

    Although this information is predominantly about work we are doing with schools, I thought that it is worth publishing on the HE blog, as many universities have links to teacher training and are actively engaged with schools and their development programmes. For the last 5 years we have been running...
  • Blog Post: IT FORUM: Windows Server 2008 in education

    I'm at the IT Forum event this week - it's a week long tech-fest about current and future technologies from Microsoft. This year's event has 5,200 delegates and we're all sitting in a conference centre on the shores of Mediterranean in Barcelona ( not quite as wonderful as it sounds - it was 10-degrees...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Live Meeting - Microsoft's Enterprise Client Licence

    If you've not had a chance to join a Live Meeting before, then this would be a good opportunity to find out how it works. Basically, it's just like a real meeting, but without the travel! Dominic Watts will be presenting this one, and once you've logged on you'll see his presentation on your screen and...
  • Blog Post: Exchange unplugged - at Microsoft Reading Campus

    Reserve your front row seat at Exchange Unplugged, this is your opportunity to get the inside scoop on Exchange Server 2007, Office Communications Server 2007 and the rest of the Unified Communications platform. https://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-gb&eventid...
  • Blog Post: Shift Happens/Did You Know?

    Over the last few months, a PowerPoint presentation has been doing the rounds, which has a strong message for educational audiences. It works as an opener for conferences or events where the future of education and learning is under discussion, or where you want to provoke a discussion about learning...
  • Blog Post: New Digital Portfolio for Microsoft’s Office's SharePoint 2007 - Free event in June

    Winvision, one of our partners in Higher Education, wrote to let me know about a free event that they are hosting in June, focusing on helping you to get more from SharePoint, and provide e-portfolio services for your students. Winvision Event: New Digital Portfolio for Microsoft’s Office &...
  • Blog Post: Grid Computing - the Open Grid Forum

    Next week the Open Grid Forum takes place in Manchester (7th-11th May). To quote their website: "At OGF20, the global Grid community will gather to develop Grid standards, showcase real-world applications, discuss large-scale grid infrastructure techniques and applications, workshop Enterprise and eSciences...
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