Students Get Free Access to Software

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Byline: By Steve Pain Technology Editor

UCE Birmingham's Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) has been awarded membership of Microsoft's developer network academic alliance - giving students free access to advanced software programmes worth hundreds of pounds.

Already established as one of Microsoft's top UK, university-based academies, TIC's enhanced status also gives students another important advantage - access to the extensive library of software on their home computers.

The centre says this will be particular help to those seeking to advance their careers through studying part-time on degree or professional development courses.

Dozens of extra programmes are becoming progressively available, including many only accessible for expenditure running into hundreds of pounds.

An example of the newly available software is Virtual PC, which even enables students to explore the development of a whole computer-network on their own home PC.

TIC's Microsoft co-ordinator, Rehan Bhana, said: "There is an immediate benefit to students studying Microsoft modules on information and communication technology courses, software design and computer networks.

"BSc, foundation degree and professional development certificate students can all freely take advantage of the software.

"However, any TIC students with Microsoft-based modules in their courses can also gain access to the software."

The range of programmes is made available through a server operated under the e-Academy name, and offered in partnership with Microsoft itself. …