What hidden gems are already lurking in your Office 365 Suite?

The following is a guest post from Gerald Haigh. Say ‘hidden gem’, and I think of a lonely beach in Scotland where I flew kites with my daughters many years ago, or that amazing Yorkshire pub where my late mother loved to go for lunch. So when my Microsoft Education friends talk of their ‘hidden…


Microsoft Technologies at Barnsley College

Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blogs. In 2004, Barnsley’s Council Leader Steve Houghton CBE said to me, in the course of an interview for an article I was preparing on Barnsley schools, ‘We can’t be a former mining town for ever.’ It stuck with me as…

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Upcoming FE webinars

Hello all, My name is Kieran Porter and I am the new Internal Further Education Business Manager. I have been lucky enough to get the chance to speak to quite a few of you already and I’m really excited for the coming year in FE! January was a tricky month for us all with the…

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Lync in education site

Lync is a fantastic tool to use in education, with its many opportunities to improve communication in schools, colleges and universities.  So we’re really pleased to tell you about our microsite, which is all about Lync being used in education. The site includes lots of interesting information with a video about how The Open University…


Microsoft Spring 2012 HE/FE Update

ULCC (University of London Computer Centre) are hosting a morning briefing designed to showcase the experiences of two University’s implementations of Microsoft technologies. The briefing is happening on Thursday 24th May 2012 from 10am until 2pm.  The event will finish with a chance to network with colleagues over a light lunch sponsored by Eduserv. The…

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Improved communication in education with Microsoft Lync 2010

With any luck we will soon be into summer, when we can (normally!) rely on good weather conditions for travel into school and work. But winter 2012 again saw more extreme weather conditions. These continued to increase school closure days and education institutions suffered the effects from unforeseen absences. As well as the snowy conditions…

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Open University Makes Major Saving over Five Years with Unified Communications

The Open University (OU)—which specialises in distance learning—is the biggest university in the United Kingdom (U.K.). It needed to reduce costs and improve communication among its 5,000 office-based academic and administrative staff, giving them access to features such as instant messaging and presence awareness. The OU is deploying Microsoft Lync 2010, which will save the…

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Microsoft Lync 2010 - De Montfort University, Leicester

  It’s becoming increasingly clear that Lync  can be a real game-changer for universities. Among the higher education institutions we’ve talked to about this recently is De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester. There, the Information Technology and Media Services (ITMS) team, led by their Director, Michael Robinson, is engaged in a Lync implementation that will…

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Microsoft’s best kept secret for Higher Education

Recently, Premier teamed up with Microsoft Services to discuss Microsoft Premier Support and how it’s helped universities save money, simplify their deployments, and avoid costly downtime while helping students, faculty and staff to be more productive using Microsoft technologies. During that session we had a great discussion with London Southbank University and how they’ve utilised…

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Microsoft Lync 2010 at De Montfort University, Leicester.

  It’s becoming increasingly clear that Lync  can be a real game-changer for universities. Among the higher education institutions we’ve talked to about this recently is De Montford University (DMU) in Leicester. There, the Information Technology and Media Services (ITMS) team, led by their Director, Michael Robinson, is engaged in a Lync implementation that will…

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