REGISTER: Unleashing digital transformation in Higher Education, December 6th

With increasingly higher personal investment by students in degree courses, universities need to be able to demonstrate value through the success of their students and alumni. Attraction and retention of students is just one of the challenges facing universities in the UK, and with so many disparate factors that can contribute to the overall experience and outcomes of students in Higher Education, providing them with the best possible support and guidance can be a difficult task to manage at an institutional level. Microsoft and Jisc would like to invite you to an event on December 6th focusing on unleashing digital transformation in Higher Education.

A Level Results Day: Off to University? Four tips to get the most from a new device

It’s fair to say that for many young people in their late teens, the month of August can be an emotional rollercoaster. All the hard work of the last few years spent in education culminates in that Thursday morning when A Level and other exam results are released. In many cases determines where the next few years of your lives are spent, what you will be doing and who you will meet. For those students moving on to University, there is a very high chance that a new laptop, tablet or 2-in-1 device will be on the list of essentials to pick up before packing the bags for Freshers’ Week. We also spoke to some of our current Microsoft student interns who are spending a year in industry as part of their studies, to ask them for some of their top tech tips for first year students starting this autumn…

Imagine Cup 2017 – meet the UK finalists off to Seattle!

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2017 is now beginning to reach its climax, as four teams from the UK will travel to the USA where they will compete for prizes worth more than $200,000. They will have their work cut out for them however, as they are joined by 50 other teams from all over the world at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, where each will present their ideas for solving real-world problems.

Partner guest post: Meetoo – Real-time polling for the classroom

Lectures can be challenging for students and teaching staff alike. For the students, there’s often too much information to absorb in one go, with little chance of asking questions. Lecturers are equally in the dark, unable to gauge how much their students have understood and will remember the moment they leave the building.. READ MORE

Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S, Minecraft Code Builder, and all the news from yesterday’s live #MicrosoftEDU event

Those of you who tuned in to yesterday’s #MicrosoftEDU live stream from New York or caught up later on will have learned all about the latest product, platform and partner news and announcements from Microsoft in Education. There was plenty of ground covered including the first look at Windows 10 S, an exploration of Microsoft Teams for Education, exciting developments with the Minecraft: Education Edition Code Builder, partner news on 3D and mixed reality devices and of course the unveiling of our own brand new hardware in the Surface Laptop.

Wales leading the way to the… Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations Championship

In November 2016, Microsoft and Prodigy Learning launched the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations Championship for students across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to prove their mastery of Microsoft Office. The ultimate prize for 3 students will be the trip of a lifetime to the MOS World Championship Final in Disneyland, California to represent the UK and Ireland. Treorchy Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales was host to the first of the national qualifying finals days on 6th April 2017 which saw Eleri Evans, Matthew Davies and Sam Conboy being crowned the first ever Welsh National Champions.

OneNote Class Notebook updates include read-only parent or guardian access and Collaboration Space permissions

We are continuously impressed by the passion and creativity of teachers and students who are using our tools. A common theme we heard was how OneNote continues to save teachers time and enhance collaboration in the classroom. In our conversations, we learned that parents and guardians are also curious to learn more about OneNote to help engage with their students’ learning progress. To address the top requests we heard from teachers, administrators and parents/guardians, we’re pleased to announce the release of four new features in OneNote Class Notebook.

Microsoft at BUFDG

The British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) is the representative body for higher education finance staff in the United Kingdom. This year’s annual BUFDG conference kicks off Sunday 9th to Tuesday 11th April 2017, and marks the 50th anniversary for the events host institution, the University of Bath. The UK Microsoft Higher Education team will be on the stand showcasing Surface devices and Azure Cloud services, and how they can make a significant and profound impact on the challenges faced by modern financial institutions.

Partner Post: ‘Smarter Working at the University of London’ – by Hable

Based at Senate House near Russell Square, the University of London is one of the oldest universities in the country, with many affiliate colleges and research institutes making up a student body of over 170,000. As part of their ongoing strategy of providing innovative academic services and infrastructure they are going through a big change initiative called Programme Beveridge, resulting in about 350 staff transitioning from roles based at fixed desks into a more flexible way of operating – they call it activity-based working.

Microsoft and Prodigy Learning invite your students to take up the Four Nations Challenge…

The MOS Four Nations Championship offers an opportunity for students across the UK and Ireland to prove their digital skills and be in the running to win fantastic prizes. To participate, eligible students must take, and pass, a MOS exam (Excel, PowerPoint or Word) before 15 May, 2017. Three finalists each from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will then be invited to the MOS Four Nations Championship finals day at Microsoft UK in June 2017.