In November 2008, I joined Microsoft as a contractor within their Live@edu team. For the past 21 months I’ve been on an amazing journey – working with some outstanding customers in the education technology space, getting to work alongside some truly inspiring colleagues, and having the chance to be a part of an amazing product as it has gone from the small stage to more broad success.
It’s been a fantastic couple of years, but as with all great voyages it eventually becomes time for a change – and as such, I will be leaving my role as Live@edu deployment specialist on Friday 20th August, to join Microsoft full-time and start a new journey within their Academic Evangelist team.
Something old, something new
If you’re one of the many customers or colleagues I’ve worked with over the past 21 months – thank you. It’s been truly inspirational. One of the things I’ve loved most about working on Live@edu has been the opportunity to get out there and talk to people within schools, colleges and universities all over the country and hear your stories, meet your students, see your challenges first hand and work together to solve them.
My new role will combine some of the things I’ve loved most over the past two years with some really exciting new challenges – I’ll still be working within the education space, but my focus will be on inspiring and engaging with students and academics on a broad range of technologies, from Windows Phone and Xbox to Microsoft’s desktop development tools and productivity offerings.
I’m leaving an amazing team – one that I’m proud to have been a part of – and I know that both the Microsoft Live@edu and UK Education Teams will continue to be a source of inspiration and thought leadership within the world of education technology in the future.
From now until the 20th August I’ll be winding down my engagement with customers and slowly handing over my responsibilities to other members of the team. If you’ve been dealing with me regularly, you’ll hear from us over the coming few weeks as to who your new point of contact will be.
As for me, I’m excited about the new road that lays ahead of me – and I look forward to sharing it with you all. Stay tuned!