Education

The latest news on digital education in the UK

GDPR: The five things teachers should do first

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will reshape the way organisations approach data privacy in the European Union and beyond. GDPR will come into force on May 25, 2018, and is designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe and to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy. It covers such topics … Read more »

60 seconds with… Microsoft UK Education CTO Andy Nagle

Andy Nagle has been appointed Education Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Microsoft UK, overseeing technology strategy for our work with schools, colleges and universities across Britain. The News Centre sat down with Andy to find out more about his role, the challenges he will face and what he hopes to … Read more »

Future Decoded: HoloLens to be rolled out to 29 new countries

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Microsoft will expand the availability of HoloLens by launching the headset in 29 new countries across Europe, the company announced at Future Decoded. The mixed-reality device, which allows wearers to place 3D digital models in the room alongside them, is being used by NASA to recreate Mars, Audi and Saab, … Read more »

Former Manchester United footballers launch pioneering university

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Manchester United footballers from the famous “Class of 92” have teamed up with organisations including Microsoft to launch a “game changing” university in the heart of the city. UA92, which will be based in Trafford, was the brainchild of Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, … Read more »

The number of schoolchildren who could learn digital skills just exploded

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Hundreds of thousands more schoolchildren in Scotland could be taught vital digital skills after a scheme backed by major companies including Microsoft was expanded. The Digital Schools Awards Scotland encourages schools to partner with colleges, universities and employers to embed technology skills in a range of lessons. It is hoped … Read more »

Scotland’s best teacher works at a Microsoft Showcase School

A teacher at a Microsoft Showcase School in Scotland has been named the best educator in the country at a major awards event. The prize for Jacqueline Campbell, who works at St Mungo’s High School in Falkirk, came as Kirkton of Largo Primary School in Fife, another Microsoft Showcase School, … Read more »

Digital skills are key to tackling social mobility

By Anna Smee You don’t need to be a tech expert to know there’s a digital skills gap in the UK, costing our economy billions of pounds every year. If we look at society more broadly, a Government report suggested there is a wider skills gap that could result in … Read more »

LIVE: #MicrosoftEDU event

Our #MicrosoftEDU event starts at 2:30pm (UK time) today. When technology and education come together, possibility becomes reality. #MicrosoftEDU pic.twitter.com/gEo8Volfr1 — Microsoft (@Microsoft) May 2, 2017 … Read more »

Prime Minister Theresa May hails the future of UK tech during Microsoft visit

Prime Minister Theresa May has hailed the “amazing work” being done by Microsoft, during a recent visit to the company’s UK headquarters. The PM reiterated the country’s “valued relationship” with the technology firm after being shown how artificial intelligence and products such as mixed-reality headset HoloLens allow businesses and organisations … Read more »

The Famous Five go digital for 75th anniversary writing competition

A competition to find talented young authors who can write a book in the style of Enid Blyton has been launched to mark the 75th anniversary of The Famous Five novels. In celebration of this anniversary year, Hodder Children’s Books, a part of the Hachette Children’s Group, is re-releasing all 21 original … Read more »

Microsoft is helping to create the next generation of cloud experts

People looking to learn cutting-edge technology skills can now sign up to a Microsoft apprenticeship programme that teaches them about cloud computing. The Azure Apprentice programme offers training in a range of cloud features, including the different ways it can be provided, how it can be used for developers and … Read more »

Microsoft launches digital skills programme for the UK

Microsoft has launched a programme to teach digital skills to people across the UK to ensure the country remains one of the global leaders in cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other next-generation technologies. The announcement, which corresponded with a visit by Chancellor Philip Hammond to the company’s UK headquarters, revealed … Read more »

2017 predictions: Cybersecurity will take centre stage

So far this week, Microsoft’s leaders in the UK have looked at artificial intelligence, the cloud, games and apps. Today, we turn our attention to cybersecurity and education. Stuart Aston, UK National Security Officer at Microsoft, comments on how we keep our data secure as more of us surround ourselves … Read more »

The 10 best-read Microsoft UK stories of 2016

Microsoft has been busy over the past 12 months. The company has bought SwiftKey and LinkedIn, rolled out HoloLens and opened data centres in the UK, among other things. The Microsoft UK News Centre has covered a lot of news during 2016, so here are the 10 best-read articles of the year. … Read more »

The World Skills Show: where the present meets the future

By Jaipriya Kaur Rai The World Skills Show is the UK’s largest careers event – and I was lucky enough to be there with Microsoft. The one-stop-shop for jobs, held in Birmingham recently, aims to be an interactive aid for youngsters who are considering what they would like to do … Read more »

Hour of Code: You can now create your own version of Minecraft

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Minecraft fans can now create their own version of the game and choose how it works, in a new release by Microsoft and Mojang. Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a free coding tutorial for students and teachers, lets users make their own world in the popular block-building title and program … Read more »

Be the best at Microsoft Office and win a trip to America

A competition to find the best user of Microsoft Office in the UK and Ireland has been launched, with a grand prize of a trip to the US to compete for the world title and thousands of pounds. The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations Championship will pit teams of students from … Read more »

Minecraft: Education Edition is released to help children learn in schools

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A new version of Minecraft aimed at helping schoolchildren learn has been released after feedback from tens of thousands of teachers and students. Minecraft: Education Edition, which is already being used in 10,000 classrooms across the world, allows pupils to collaborate easily inside the popular block-building game. Teachers can also take … Read more »

Future Decoded 2016: day two – as it happened

Future Decoded held on November 1 and 2 Microsoft unveils Microsoft Teams, a new collaboration tool Speakers today include Uber’s Chris Messina and Roger Walkden, HoloLens Commercial Lead Exclusive HoloLens developer session Thousands of people to attend at ExCeL, London Latest 17:52 And that’s the end of Future Decoded. We … Read more »

I saw how rocket cars can change children’s lives

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When I was told to go “to the races”, I was thinking Aintree or Royal Ascot. However, my destination was North Liverpool Academy, and the races involved rocket cars being fired across the school’s playground. It was all part of the Race for the Line competition, which is open to primary schools … Read more »

Microsoft and HP team up to transform tech in schools

Microsoft and HP have teamed up to transform how technology is used in schools. The companies have chosen 61 schools across the world – including three in the UK – that will receive hi-tech tools to ensure children learn the latest digital skills. Along with Digital Promise Global, a non-profit organisation … Read more »

Minecraft: Education Edition is given a release date

A new version of Minecraft aimed at helping schoolchildren learn will be released in November after feedback from thousands of teachers and students. Minecraft: Education Edition allows classrooms to collaborate easily inside the popular block-building game, while teachers can take photos of pupils’ work and create plans, guides and chalkboards to … Read more »

Two-thirds of university students worry about finding a job, study reveals

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Nearly two-thirds of university students are worried about finding a job after they graduate, according to a study released today. The high levels of uncertainty come as record numbers of youngsters start higher education courses across the country, following the publication of A-Level results last month. The research, from Microsoft Surface, found … Read more »

Who has won Apprentice of Year 2016?

This week, Microsoft’s annual Apprenticeship of the Year competition has crowned 20 year old Lucy Muldoon, who works at Nomura Holdings in London, as overall winner for 2016. Beating 114 other hopefuls to take the top spot, Lucy entered the competition in the ‘Apprentice in Support role’ category, which she … Read more »

The graphs that reveal the UK’s huge digital skills gap

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A series of new academies is to be opened to tackle the serious digital skills gap across the UK. Five Microsoft and Risual academies are to be unveiled across the UK, with the first located in Derby, as part of a partnership with IT services company Risual and a select group of colleges. Here, … Read more »

New academies to tackle serious digital skills gap in UK

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A series of new academies will be opened to tackle the serious digital skills gap across the UK, amid demand from companies for more computer-literate staff. Five Microsoft and Risual academies are to be unveiled across the UK, with the first located in Derby, as part of a partnership with IT services company Risual … Read more »

How can STEM subjects support young people with autism?

By Helen Dyer Children on the Autism Spectrum & Parents Association (CASPA) has been working to support children and young people with autism and their families in south London for 15 years. Autism is a lifelong neurological developmental condition which affects all aspects of a person’s life. It is often … Read more »

Game inspired by Pratchett’s Discworld could net UK students $50,000

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A computer game inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld could win four students in the UK $50,000 (£34,000) and a mentoring session with Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella. Riccardo DeLuca, Michael Harty, Thomas Mahoney and Ciaran Harty will compete at the Imagine Cup World Finals next month in Seattle after winning the UK … Read more »

A new Minecraft could help your child do better at school

Minecraft: Education Edition for teachers in classrooms with students

Using Minecraft to teach children is set to become easier after Microsoft released a new version of the block-building computer game. Minecraft: Education Edition can be downloaded by teachers across the world and used free of charge this summer. The latest version of the game has been developed based on feedback … Read more »

Owning your own ‘satellite’ just moved a step closer

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A new experiment is set to be launched that could lead to the general public creating their own satellites. The project will see people from across the country capture information about the world around them such as location and mapping services, weather forecasting and measuring plant and crop health. This will then … Read more »

BBC micro:bit: pocket-sized codeable computer available to all

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A mini-computer that UK schoolchildren have turned into watches, stepometers and musical instruments has now been released for general sale across the country. The BBC micro:bit, which has been handed to 800,000 youngsters across the UK free of charge, can now be bought online. It is hoped the fully programmable … Read more »

Computational thinking, 10 years later

By Jeannette M. Wing, corporate vice president, Microsoft Research “Not in my lifetime.” That’s what I said when I was asked whether we would ever see computer science taught in schools in the United States. It was 2009, and I was addressing a gathering of attendees to a workshop on … Read more »

Microsoft and Butlins team up to get kids into technology

Microsoft and Butlins have teamed up to encourage children to get involved in science and technology. Butlins, one of the UK’s oldest and most popular seaside holiday destinations, is encouraging families to incorporate education into their break, as well as pick up new science and technology-focused skills. The tie-up with … Read more »

Want more women in tech? Companies need to relate to us, girls say

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Technology companies must relate to girls better if they want to increase the number of women choosing a career in the sector, according to new research. Seven to 14-year-old girls are very comfortable using technology such as mobile phones and tablets but are put off considering future employment in the … Read more »

Three UK non-profits receive Microsoft computer science grant

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Microsoft has given large grants to organisations in the UK in a bid to boost youngsters’ computer skills. The money, which forms part of Microsoft’s $75m commitment to increase access to computer science education across the world through Microsoft YouthSpark, will be handed to  The Royal Society, UK Youth and … Read more »

Microsoft donates $1bn of cloud services

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Can cloud computing change the world? Microsoft believes it can. Cloud computing has emerged as an essential resource for addressing some of the world’s biggest problems, helping to solve issues across a range of economic and social challenges. There are now plans afoot to expand the reach of the cloud … Read more »

Prime Minister David Cameron learns to code with Minecraft

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Microsoft’s partnership with Code.org, and the specially created Hour of Code Minecraft tutorial, has the bold ambition of helping millions of young people to start coding. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella went back to school in the US and here in London, the Prime Minister, the Education Secretary and a number … Read more »

Microsoft mobilises Minecraft and BBC micro:bits to get kids coding

Schoolkids use BBC micro:bits and Minecraft to learn coding

By Hugh Milward, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft UK Computer Science Education Week kicks off on Monday and we’re supporting events around the country with Microsoft staff, BBC micro:bits and even the phenomenally popular Minecraft franchise, all in an effort to enthuse kids about the world of computer science. We … Read more »

Microsoft leads the way in computer science education

“If we’re going to solve tomorrow’s global challenges, we must come together today to inspire young people everywhere with the promise of technology. We can’t leave anyone out.” These were the words of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaking at Dreamforce (the annual salesforce customers, partners and developers convention) earlier this … Read more »

Challenge for Change: have you cast your vote?

In the week that election fever grips the UK, the finalists of Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change also want your vote – and the process is now officially open. So who will you vote for? Now in its third year, the global Challenge for Change initiative encourages young people to … Read more »

Teachers: how ready are you for the computing revolution?

As primary schools reopen their doors to begin the second term of teaching the new computing curriculum, a survey conducted by Microsoft and CAS has confirmed that 69% of teachers enjoy teaching the subject, which is now compulsory for all pupils from the age of five. However, the results also … Read more »

How many Hours of Code were completed this week?

The digital revolution is here. In the years to come, everyone is going to need to know how to code. Jobs of the future are going to require a solid understanding of computer science, and none of us can underestimate the importance of even a basic knowledge of coding. Millions … Read more »

Can you make one hour last a lifetime?

This week is Computer Science Education Week, dedicated to inspiring people of all ages across the world to try their hand at coding. “Kids don’t always need to be told what to do to understand things, through computational thinking you can find out for yourself.” – Alfie Finch-Critchley (age 14), … Read more »

Who has won this year’s Kodu Kup competition?

The second annual Kodu Kup competition came to a close last Thursday with the final taking place at Microsoft’s Reading offices. The competition brought together twelve teams, representing ten schools from around the UK, to compete for the coveted title of ‘Kodu Kup Champions’. There were six overall winning teams, … Read more »

Microsoft Imagine Cup: UK winner announced

Twelve teams of aspiring student developers gathered at the Microsoft Imagine Cup UK finals at University College London to show off their newly developed technology to a panel of judges, including Microsoft technology experts and past winners of the Imagine Cup. The winning team will be flown to the world … Read more »

Who will build the next Halo?

It’s only five months until computing becomes a compulsory part of the primary school curriculum, representing a bold and important step towards making sure our young people have the skills that they need for the jobs of the future. We know that if we’ve got teachers who can confidently and … Read more »

Education and technology in the 21st Century

Last week, over 1,000 innovative educators, school leaders and government officials from nearly 100 countries gathered at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona. Their aim? To learn from each other’s experiences and join forces to find new ways of transforming education for the 21st century. Technology is a … Read more »

Code.org launches Hour of Code

Today we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web and to coincide with this Code.org is launching a campaign to bring the joy of coding to every student and every classroom in the UK. Technology changes everything. If you look back over the past 25 years the pace … Read more »

Microsoft gives students the power of cloud with Student Advantage

Students at eligible educational institutions will soon be able to access the full version of Office, Microsoft’s productivity suite, in the cloud, for no additional cost. From December, any institution worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students giving them the … Read more »

Who are our next generation of computer programmers?

The inaugural Kodu Kup competition, which searches for the next generation of computer programmers, was launched in February at the BETT technology education show in London. Five months later, we have our winners! We had a great response, with over 450 teams entering for the competitions first year. Kodu is … Read more »