Peter Swingewood from Cass Business School is the winner of the Computer Weekly Step-Up scholarship to study for City University London's Master of Information Leadership (MIL).
Swingewood, deputy head of information services at Cass Business School has worked in IT for more than 10 years and says he is "very excited" about winning the scholarship.
"The course brings together IT leaders, academics and professionals who are at the top of their game. It provides the opportunity to develop a broader perspective on IT leadership and learn about best practice from leading CIOs," he said.
After completing a degree in mathematical physics and a PhD in environmental sciences, Swingewood joined a telecoms consultancy firm's IT department. He started at Cass Business School, looking after its infrastructure before moving into management.
Applications for the scholarship were whittled down to a shortlist of 12 candidates. Swingewood was chosen by a panel of judges including, Computer Weekly editor-in-chief Bryan Glick, ; Richard Sykes, industry analyst, consultant, and board member of Intellect; Sarah Winmill, head of information systems services at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and David Lister, CIO at National Grid.
Sykes commented, "He came across as someone able to grasp the wider agenda and see how to set about it - still, alas, a relatively rare quality in our industry."
Winmill added, "Universities are vying for student business in an increasingly competitive and cost-constrained market. It is heartening to see such an able and worthy winner emerge to attend the MIL course and join the next generation of technology business leaders able to meet that challenge."
The Computer Weekly Step-Up scholarship, worth £30,000, was launched by City University London in January, offering one IT professional the chance to study for City's Master of Information Leadership (MIL) free.