Frances Buchanan shares her experience of winning the Scott Trust Technology Bursary last year and encourages others to apply.

In the summer of 2009 I was fortunate to be awarded a scholarship to facilitate the study Frances Buchananof my MSc in Software Technology at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, by the Scott Trust, owner of the Guardian newspaper in London.

I had always been interested in IT, but as a lawyer hadn't previously considered this field because I didn't have a computing background. The course itself was immensely enjoyable, and provided a good grounding in software Project Engineering as well as in several different programming languages. In particular, the MSc project has allowed me to explore my interest in web technologies and to advance my proficiency in Java.

The scholarship not only funded my course, but also offered me the opportunity to undertake a placement within the technology department at the Guardian's offices in London, in July 2010. The experience I gained whilst working alongside the Guardian developers wasn't restricted solely to programming, but I was treated to one-to-one sessions with a whole host of experts from a range of different fields including design, technology strategy, lead architect, business development, central production and analytics.

To anyone who is considering retraining in the field of IT, I would say apply for the opportunity provided by this scholarship and ‘go for it!' - if a lawyer from Aberdeenshire with two young girls aged 2 and 5 can do it, so can you!

The deadline for Scholarship applications is 29th April 2011.