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 in the UK. And from an…

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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 as Microsoft’s Michael…

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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…

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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…

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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 and collaborative technologies) can contribute and form an integrated part of…

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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 a programme, called Partners in…

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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 when we…

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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…

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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=1032345565     Microsoft UK’s best and brightest Unified Communications (UC) specialists will all be there…

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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. Karl Fisch, of Arapahoe High…

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