Queen Mary University of London – a case study in the creative use of technology

The following is a guest post by Gerald Haigh. — We’ve been following interesting developments at Queen Mary University of London, where Microsoft technologies are being creatively used in a continuing drive to improve the teaching and learning experience for students and staff. Two innovations in particular have caught our attention. One is the roll-out…


Automating the creation of SharePoint Resources

The following is a guest post from Richard Young, Director of Digital Learning at Wood Green School Witney, a comprehensive school 10 miles west of Oxford. Wood Green use Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint for automatic maintenance of Active Directory accounts and SharePoint sites.   Wood Green in Witney Oxfordshire is one the hundreds…


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…


OneNote in HE: the Dissertation!

This is a guest post from Hélène Fyffe, an undergraduate starting her final year at Edinburgh Napier University, having spent a year on placement with Microsoft UK Education as part of her course. — Having recently spent a brilliant year doing a one year placement with Microsoft UK Education, I’m now back in the ‘real’…


Creating a leading edge ICT platform to support teaching and learning

Charteris Microsoft technologies case study The Edinburgh Academy may be nearly 200 years old, but its use of technology is completely up-to-date. With support from Charteris, this prestigious independent school for boys and girls has implemented the latest Microsoft desktop and server operating systems. This leading edge ICT infrastructure is enriching the learning experience for…

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Office 365 for Education case study video

Great for academic institutions that are ready to take advantage of the cloud. Office 365 offers free email, instant messaging, group video and voice chat, and online document viewing and editing. We’ve got a great video that shows how Office 365 for education has enabled the University of Massachusetts and the National University of Ireland…


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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Lync, Office Communications Server, and Live Meeting at Nottingham Trent University

We’re hearing more and more about the way Microsoft Lync Server 2010 is set to change the nature of working life in universities. At Nottingham Trent University, for example, with 24,000 students on three campuses across the City, Unified Communications Team Leader Thomas Farrand, has made great strides in building links and promoting collaboration with…

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The Open University makes significant cost and efficiency savings through the use of Microsoft Lync 2010

Contribution from freelance writer, Gerald Haigh.  Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft UK Education blogs.  I graduated from the Open University, I’m proud to say, as a member of the very first intake – the “Class of ‘71”. Earlier this Summer we were royally treated to a celebration at the Milton Keynes Campus that few…

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How Microsoft uses the Windows Server 2008 R2 features to enhance our own security

The Microsoft IT team publish case studies of how we’ve used our own products within our own infrastructure – sharing their real-life experiences. This month there’s a case study about the way that we’ve implemented the security features in Windows Server 2008 R2, along with Windows 7 on the desktop – and the benefits that…

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