Microsoft Certification – Academic Discount and Free ‘Second Shot’

Interested in gaining professional qualifications and differentiating yourself from fellow students? Then read on… Microsoft Certification offers you just that – an opportunity to demonstrate your technical ability to perspective employers and differentiate yourself from your peers. There are a wide range of certifications available – you can find out more about how they align…


Free Microsoft Webcasts for Students!

        Just a quick post to let everyone know about a bunch of free webcasts aimed at students. The topics are: Internet Explorer 8 & Bing – 10th March Technology Trends: Women in Technology – 24th March Introduction to C# Programming – 7th April Technology Trends: Career Opportunities in Technology – 21st…


Student Hosting with for £1!

Microsoft have teamed up with to offer UK students the chance to get themselves premium Windows based hosting with a free domain name for only £1 per month. You need an email address and a voucher code to sign up. (You can request a voucher code here) Once you have a voucher code…


Windows Azure Online Training for Students

This will probably be particularly interesting for those of you who read my previous post on free student access to Azure. ICS, our partner on this offer are running a series of online training sessions later this week specifically for students. Each session will cover the following: – Overview and demonstration of Windows Azure -…


Try Microsoft’s Cloud Platform for Free!

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform allowing you to build and deploy scalable .NET applications online. Cloud Computing is a hot topic and likely to be a key part of of many organisations IT strategy moving forward. As a student now is the time to learn more! We are making a limited number of…


Kodu is Here!

Have you ever wanted to create your own game but don’t want to get your hands dirty with code? We now have the answer… Kodu! Kodu allows you to build games using traditional programming paradigms such as conditional statements and loops but without having to fire up Visual Studio. Basically you start with a blank…


Getting Started with Azure #1

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform allowing deployment of .NET applications with flexible scaling. My colleague Paolo recently wrote a great introductory article for our Faculty Connection newsletter which outlines the fundamentals. Over the coming months I will be writing a series of posts focussed on getting you started developing with Azure. In this…


Free MCTS Certification Through DreamSpark

For a limited time Microsoft is offering free vouchers to sit an MCTS exam through the DreamSpark programme. The MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) stream is aimed at developers and IT professionals and is available in multiple flavours relevant to a raft of developer and infrastructure technologies. Full list of MCTS certs. DreamSpark is available…


Student Celebration Day Slides

To follow on from yesterday’s post I wanted to share the slides from the MSR talks: MSR Overview – Andrew Herbert Getting from A to B: fast route-finding using slow computers – Simon Peyton-Jones Curing Cancer, Halting global Disease Outbreaks and averting Dangerous Climate Change – Drew Purves Proving that programs eventually do something good…


IT Academy Student Pass – Free eLearning

A little while back I posted about a great new programme we launched which gives students free access to official Microsoft eLearning courses. To sign up you need a unique code which authenticates you as a student, the great news is these codes are now available (along with a bunch of free software) from DreamSpark….