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City University London and Computer Weekly help aspiring CIOs step up with new scholarship

The Computer Weekly Step-Up scholarship has launched to help mid-career IT professionals reach CIO-level via City's unique Master of Information Leadership course.
by Luke Nava

City University London is teaming up with the UK's leading business technology publication Computer Weekly to offer a £30,000 scholarship for its recently-launched Master of Information Leadership (MIL) programme - a post-experience, interdisciplinary course that focuses on the development of future chief information officers (CIOs) and their equivalents in the library and information services professions.

Mid-career IT professionals with a minimum of three years' work experience in a business-facing information role are invited to apply for the Computer Weekly Step-Up scholarship, by submitting a 500-600 word essay entitled "What are the challenges IT leaders face in the sector you work in, and how would you address those challenges?"

The essays will be judged by a panel of selected information leaders, with the winning entrant able to join the April 2011 MIL course intake at City University London.

"IT is going to be central to the UK's economic recovery in the coming years, and as such it is essential that the IT profession has the leadership skills needed to deliver the technologies, best practices and people to make such an important contribution.

"Computer Weekly aims to help those IT professionals to develop their skills, knowledge and experience, and working with City University London we are very excited to start a search for a gifted, up-and-coming IT manager looking to take the next step in his or her career as an IT leader. This is a fantastic opportunity for the lucky winner of the scholarship to gain £30,000 worth of personal development opportunities and, through their progress on the MIL course, to be a role model for ambitious IT professionals across the UK."

Bryan Glick, Editor in Chief, Computer Weekly

"The Computer Weekly Step-Up scholarship is a unique opportunity to join a unique executive masters: one that is focused on developing our top IT talent for leadership roles in our future information society."

Dr Andrew Tuson, Course Director, Master of Information Leadership, City University London

The MIL was launched in September 2010 by City's interdisciplinary Centre for Information Leadership, in recognition of the information leader's growing influence in business and policy-making. The two-year, part-time course equips professionals with the technological, commercial and managerial expertise that is necessary to progress to CIO-level or other top leadership positions, such as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Business Change Director, Knowledge Director or Chief Librarian.

"Computer Weekly is prominent in the debate and agenda of the CIO. It is the obvious choice to work with to develop the future information leaders that the IT industry, profession and country needs."

David Chan, Director of the Centre for Information Leadership, City University London

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