MOS UK Finals this Wednesday – second group of qualifiers announced

MOS World Championship

Proficiency in ICT is a skill-set that permeates into the way students work, elevating their ability and progress in many other subjects, and the importance of 21 century skills in the workplace and the emphasis placed on them by employers is increasingly apparent. Recently we shared the story of a student from Wales whose MOS Certification proved to be one of the differentiating factors in his successful application for a placement within the NHS.

This week, the UK Finals of MOS World Championship which will be hosted here at Microsoft UK Headquarters in Reading. Earlier this year we announced the first group of students who’ll be joining us on June 17th, and now we are pleased to reveal the full list of finalists from both qualifying rounds:

Microsoft Word finalists:

  • Alex Campbell (St Helens College)
  • Guto Pari (RCT - Ysgol Llanhari)
  • James Parsons (Brunel University)
  • Joseph Poole (St Helens College)
  • Kyle Livingston (Dundee and Angus College)
  • Aaron Stokes (Long Stratton High School) – Recently qualified
  • Daniel Sampson (Royal Grammar School) – Recently qualified
  • Alfie Fuller-Burgess (Ormiston Park Academy) – Recently qualified
  • Jonathan Follett (Sandymoor School) – Recently qualified
  • Logan Cooper (Ormiston Park Academy) – Recently qualified

Microsoft Excel finalists:

  • Guste Balciunaite (Murray Park Community School)
  • Harriet Sims (Harper Adams University)
  • Jessica Pelling (Murray Park Community School)
  • Sophie Sawyer (Bournemouth School for Girls)
  • Thi Ngoc Linh Tran (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Martin Crowe (University of Lincoln) – Recently qualified
  • Adnan Yessen (Heartlands Academy) – Recently qualified
  • Diana-Mirabela Catanescu (University Of Westminster) – Recently qualified
  • Nathan Chan (LJMU) – Recently qualified
  • Richard Johnson (St Helens College) – Recently qualified

While we’re thrilled for everyone who has made it this far, from an internal Microsoft perspective it’s great to see that among this year’s finalists are James Parsons – one of our student interns is placement here at Microsoft - and Jonathan Follett – a Microsoft Student Ambassador attending Sandymoor School, a Microsoft Global Showcase School.

Up for grabs on Wednesday is a place in the MOS World Championship Finals, which will be held in Dallas, TX in August. One UK winner from each of the Word and Excel finalists will be making the trip to the USA, while the runner up in each category will receive a Surface 3.

We’d like to wish everyone taking part the best of luck, and we’re sure whoever ends up representing the UK in the World Championship Final will do us proud!


How good are your Office skills?

Do you ever sit there scratching your head when trying process data, write a report, or prepare a presentation, thinking to yourself “surely there must be an easier way?” Well, most of the time there is.

The 20 students we will be welcoming to Microsoft UK’s Reading HQ on Wednesday have proven themselves to be the best in the UK at using Word, Excel and PowerPoint. We’ll be speaking to each of them individually to find out how their extensive knowledge and proficiency has helped them in all their areas of study – not just ICT – as well as sharing their top tips for getting the most out of these applications as students.

Their #officehacks will help you to work more effectively, and all the short time savings you make will soon start to add up. Keep your eye out on Twitter for lots of these tips and tricks from Wednesday once the #UKMOSChamps finals are underway!

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