Peter Swingewood on City's information leadership course


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City University London’s IBM Enterprise Computing scholarship for a place on its Masters of Information Leadership course is now open for entries.


Peter Swingewood, winner of last year’s Computer Weekly Step-Up Scholarship for City University London’s information leadership course, shares his experience of the Masters of Information Leadership (MIL).

“I started the MIL in April and have already learnt a lot and benefited significantly. The academic side of the course is very stimulating and exposes you to ideas and viewpoints that you may have not come across before. The course forces you to step back from day-to-day operational concerns and really think about your work.”

“The interactive way the teaching is delivered, with student group work during the weekends, means you really get to understand the concepts quickly as well as critically questioning them with fellow students, who also bring their backgrounds and experience to the weekend.”

“The course brings in experts from relevant areas who are willing to share their experience candidly, which is a huge benefit and opportuntiy to learn from them. Our most recent module has been on the “Information Leader in Society” and we’ve studied and discussed the work of theorists such as Castells and Hayek and debated issues such as the “digitial divide” and learnt about how IT pollicy is formed and shaped in government.”

“Finally the course also focuses on skills and self-development. We had an excellent weekend over the summer on negotiation where we were taught the ideas of Karrass and able to develop our skills through role play. I found this really useful and was able to use what I learnt immediatley – when I got back to the office I was able to negogiate a significant reduction from one of my suppliers!”
“I would thoroughly recommend this course to fellow IT professionals as you will learn a great deal of applicable knowledege and skills which you can start using immediately as well as gain a much bigger and broader prespective on key issues and the challenges facing IT.”

“Plus, it is fun!”

Candidates can apply online for the 2012 scholarship by completing an application and submitting an essay, titled “What are the challenges IT leaders face in the sector you work in, and how would you address those challenges?”. 

The deadline for applications is 12pm 16th January 2012.

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