Durham University improves research, colleague collaboration and operational efficiency with Skype for Business

Durham University is internationally recognised for world-class research and teaching.  It is currently ranked as one of the top 100 Universities worldwide and its triple accredited business school is ranked within the top 35. If applicants and faculty of the same calibre are to be continually attracted and given the educational experience that Durham is…


Civica Conference March 2015 – a review by Gerald Haigh

The following is a guest post by Gerald Haigh. Microsoft partner Civica work extensively with schools, developing tailored ICT solutions making full use of Microsoft technologies including Office 365, and so I always look forward to their annual conference. This year they met in Sheffield, and because the motorway gremlins had closed the M1 at…


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 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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University of West England deploys Microsoft Lync to boost productivity

Originally posted on computing.co.uk The University of West England (UWE) has deployed Microsoft Lync to boost staff and student productivity as part of its £10m plans to overhaul its IT infrastructure. The university has partnered with a consortium of partners that includes HP, Microsoft, video conferencing provider Polycom and electrical systems provider Schneider, for its…

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UCISA 2012 Business Showcase Session Slides: Moving To Microsoft Lync

Marilyn Moffat, Head of IT Infrastructure at The Open University, shared an in-depth overview of their institutions move to Lync 2010 during the Microsoft Business Showcase session at UCISA 2012. Her full deck is now available to view/download below. UCISA 2012 Business Showcase: Lync @ the OU View more presentations from Microsoft Education UK

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UWE Bristol Boosts Competitive Edge, Enhances Education with Unified Communications

The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol) has around 30,000 students and 3,500 employees. Like all universities in England, UWE Bristol faced decreased government funding due to the economic climate. Though it was confronted with the challenge of reducing costs by 25%, the university saw an opportunity to enhance its business processes…

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Complete flexibility with Microsoft cloud solutions – UCISA 2012

With so much change in the world of Higher Education, UCISA 2012 seems to have come around even more quickly than usual this year.  Microsoft are a Platinum sponsor again and we will be sponsoring the formal dinner on 15th February.  In addition, you can also find us during the first two days of UCISA,…

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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 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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