The UCL Geography Department has been officially awarded ESRI Development Centre (EDC) status. Paul Longley is the EDC Coordinator and as an ESRI (UK) sponsored PhD student I am the EDC GIS Specialist. This is great news as we were awarded the EDC status over a year ago (the first department in the UK to achieve this) but have not been able to benefit from the additional software licenses or award the “EDC Student of the Year” as logistical and legal problems have had to be overcome. These are all sorted and we can now crack on with cutting edge research using ESRI software. For those interested a report on our past year’s activities as an EDC can be downloaded here.