Chief information officers are being given a masterclass on how to beat the credit crunch, after a university launched a special course.

City University London will next hold the Masterclass on 26 May, tackling issues on leadership, strategy and governance, specifically within the context of the recession.

The class will be taught by Michael Bowkis, formerly CIO at the Excel exhibition centre, which hosted the recent G20 summit of world leaders .

Bowkis is currently director at business services firm Dialogic Consulting, and a former advisor to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

"The Masterclass will help senior IT professionals find innovative ways to support their organisations' strategic goals, in an increasing cost-conscious environment," the university said.

It promised that the course would help participants to "make recommendations about the strategic implementation of IT in the current environment" as well as better understand the governance, risk and legal challenges around new technology.

It will use theory and real case studies to cover topics including: the changing strategic role of the CIO, the theory of strategic management, how the CIO applies management theory in IT practice, governance and risk around new technology, legal and the business implications during negotiations and supplier management, and leadership, communication and collaboration.

The course costs £495 per delegate.