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IBM awards £30k Scholarship for City's Master of Information Leadership

The inaugural winner of the IBM Enterprise Computing Scholarship has been announced.
by Luke Nava

nullStephen Docherty, Deputy IT Director (Europe) at Sony Computer Entertainment, has been announced as the inaugural winner of the IBM Enterprise Computing Scholarship, enabling him to join the April 2012 intake of City University London's Master of Information Leadership (MIL).

Mid-career professionals with a minimum of three years' experience in a business-facing IT role were invited to apply for the £30,000 Scholarship by submitting an essay answering the question "What are the challenges IT leaders face in the sector you work in and how would you address them?"

A panel of computing industry luminaries judged Stephen's entry to be the best - it showcased his range of skills gained through IT management positions in the retail, telecommunications and games development industries, as well as his ambition and aptitude to, in his own words, "become a top CIO in a global organisation."

Discussing his win, Stephen says: "I have gained excellent experience in my career to date, but have always considered taking a Masters course in order to develop myself further as an IT leader. When I saw the details of the MIL and the Scholarship, there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to apply. I am delighted to have won and am really looking forward to starting the course and learning from senior executives across industry."

The leader for IBM's European Academic Initiative, Cally Beck, who sponsored the scholarship, adds: "IBM is delighted to congratulate Stephen on winning the IBM Enterprise Computing Scholarship. IBM recognised the value of investing in this prestigious award and supporting IT leaders in the next step to becoming a CIO. This is a great achievement for all involved."

David Chan, Director of the Centre for Information Leadership at City, comments: "Stephen is typical of many of the students we have on the MIL - highly successful IT professionals, who are looking to formalise their experience to date and get the boost that will take them to the next level of their career."

The MIL was launched in September 2010 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 are 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.

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