|Dr Jacqueline Azzopardi B.Ed. (Hons), Dip.PS, M.Sc. (Leic.) Ph.D. (Leic.)|
Dr Azzopardi is the Head of the Department of Criminology. Working at the then Institute since 1995, she is a Senior Lecturer and coordinates courses, tutors and lectures in the following areas: policing, criminology, transnational crimes, hate crimes, gender and crime, domestic violence and sex-related crimes. Dr Azzopardi holds a first degree in Education, a postgraduate Diploma in Probation Services, a Masters in Criminal Justice (obtained from Leicester University – UK) and a Ph.D. (with Leicester University – UK) which dealt with policing and covers areas such as: gender and crime, policing domestic violence, policing juveniles, hate crimes, the police and people of different races and police informants. The title of her doctoral thesis is: "Police Culture in Malta" and that of her Masters dissertation is: "Policewomen in Malta".
Dr Azzopardi has been a member of the Police Academy Board since 1998 and has acted as an assistant to prisoners on the Prison's Board of Appeals for about five years. Dr Azzopardi also acts as a consultant to the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs. She has published and contributed to publications/articles that dealt with: culture, policing, policewomen, police culture, violence, women and politics as well as youths and delinquency. Dr Azzopardi is also involved in the Dingli community. In fact, she has served as a local councillor for six years and has been the President of the Dingli Primary School for the past four years. She is also a councillor for the Dingli Local Council, having previously served in this role for 6 years.
Dr Azzopardi has also been designated as the Maltese National Research and Science Correspondent for Cepol.
Dr Sandra Scicluna B.A. (Gen.), B.A. (Hons), Dip.PS, M.Sc. (Leic.) Ph.D. (Leic.)
Dr Scicluna is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Criminology. Her Ph.D. research is called "Prisons in Malta". She has been lecturing and coordinating courses on a full-time basis at the Department of Criminology since 1998. Dr Scicluna lectures in the following areas: transnational crime, punishment, substance abuse, the world of corrections, dealing with foreign offenders and organised crime.
Holding a general B.A. degree in Sociology and Psychology and an honours degree in Psychology with a thesis dealing with Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, Dr Scicluna also holds a Masters degree (obtained from Leicester University –UK) which dealt with the Need and Management of a Correctional Day Centre in Malta. Her Ph.D. work focused on the treatment of workers and offenders in the Maltese prison.
Dr Scicluna has past experience working as a Probation Officer and was elected as member of the CEP Board (an international board which promotes the treatment and the rehabilitation of offenders). She is also a member of the Police Academy Board and has acted as an assistant to prisoners on the Prison Appeals Tribunal. In addition, Dr Scicluna also acts as a consultant to the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs.
Dr Scicluna has produced and contributed to various publications on topics which include: corrections, probation, substance abuse, domestic violence and the development of probation and prisons in Malta.
Mr Trevor Calafato B.A. (Gen.), Dip.PS, M.Sc. (Leic.)
Mr Calafato joined the Department on the 1st April 2009 as a full-time Assistant-Lecturer. Having achieved a BA in Psychology and Communications from the University of Malta, he continued his studies in Post Graduate Diploma in Probation Services. On 17th February, 2003 he became a Probation Officer within the Department of Correctional Services. Having been chosen to be the Health, Safety and Security Representative of the Probation Services he carried a number of risk assessments and a number of security and safety provisions have been implemented. Mr Calafato also followed a number of course with the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) and the Institute of Health and Safety (IHS).
In 2004 Mr Calafato read a MSc in Security and Risk Management at the University of Leicester. The dissertation of the MSc focused on the preventions and possible reactions of emergency and security services to respond effectively to a major terrorist incident in Malta, whilst investigating the Maltese populace trust in the local authorities in terrorist contingencies. Later his interest in terrorism led to reading an E-Learning Certificate in Terrorism Studies, at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
As from 2005 Mr Calafato was employed as a visiting lecturer by the former Institute of Criminology, also presenting work both locally and internationally at seminars and conferences and have been active in community outreach programs with schools. Mr Calafato has been involved as a voluntary with non-governmental rescue organizations for the last ten years occupying different responsibilities.
In October 2008, Mr Calafato initiated reading for a PhD in Terrorism at the University of Sheffield.
|Dr Frances Camilleri-Cassar B.A.(Hons)(Econ), M.A (Soc Stud), Ph.D (Nottingham)|
Dr Camilleri-Cassar is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Criminology. She completed her doctoral studies in 2004 under the supervision of Professor Gillian Pascall and Professor Nick Manning, at the School of Sociology and Social Policy University of Nottingham. A PhD, without conditions, was awarded to her by Professor Emeritus of Social Policy Paul Wilding. Her thesis which explores the extent of gender equality in Maltese social policy within the context of debates around welfare regimes and work policies was published as a book, and launched at a public forum organised and sponsored by the University of Malta, and presided by the Prime Minister, in 2005. The book was later nominated for the Social Policy Association UK Best Publication Award 2006. Her Master's dissertation was also published as a book in 1997.
Throughout her years in academia, Dr Camilleri-Cassar has researched and published widely, and routinely presents papers to scholars and more general audiences, both in Malta and abroad. Her research interests are within the broad area of social policy, and connect with people working within a range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary fields. Research collaboration include participation in academic studies for the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, a consultancy with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, and peer reviews under the Mutual Learning Programme.
Recent publications include entries in the International Encylopaedia of Social Policy, Routledge/ Taylor and Francis Books Inc., in 2006, a qualitative study of women and politics for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in 2007, and a quantitative study of date rape cases among young women for the University of Malta under the EU Daphne II programme in 2008.
Besides her research output, Dr Camilleri-Cassar has a sustained record of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 1995, she set up, coordinated, and taught a course in Gender and Development for the Centre for Labour Studies, and has regularly contributed to lectures for the Institute of Public Administration and Management, the Department of Education Studies, and the Department of Youth Studies. In 2007, she joined the School of Sociology and Social Policy University of Nottingham as Special Lecturer where she shares teaching duties with colleagues specialized in international, comparative and principles of social policy.
|Mr John C. Ellul B.A. (Hons), MBA|
Mr Ellul is an Assistant lecturer and is an ex-police inspector previously in charge of the forensic science laboratories within the Malta Police Force.
Mr Ellul is a full-time resident academic and he lectures Introduction to Criminalistics, Criminal Investigation, Scene of Crime Investigation, Profiling, Migration, Crime and Borders Police Leadership and Management, and Police Cooperation in Europe, with the Institute of Criminology as well as Forensic Science for Lawyers within the Faculty of Law.
Mr Ellul has served 25 years in the Malta Police, terminating his career as a Senior Police Inspector. Throughout his career he has studied abroad at many institutions in particular with the Bundeskriminalampt in Weisbaden, Germany and at the National Training Centre in Durham UK. Following this intensive training, he set up the Scene of Crime Unit within the Forensic Science Laboratory and headed this Department for 13 years. Eventually he became the Officer in charge of the Forensic Science Laboratory, an office which he held for the final 12 years of his career in the Police. John is a specialist on crime scene investigations, fingerprints, image analysis and security documents analysis and investigations.
Mr Ellul has also been a visiting lecturer, tutor and marker of dissertations with the Department of Criminology at the University of Malta since 1999 and has been teaching at the Malta Police Academy since 1988 on very specialised and technical police subjects. He has worked for 8 years at the Council of Ministers in working groups related to False and Falsified Documents, Fingerprints and other Biometric data, Dublin Group on the prevention of Drug Trafficking, Police Cooperation and Public Order. Consequently, John has worked hand in hand with FRONTEX and has since served as a Project Sub-Leader on the Advanced Training Tool for the examination of security documents, on the Specialist Course for Document Examiners and on the Joint Degree Study Programme for Border Guarding under the Curricula for Higher Education Project.
Mr Ellul holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminology, a Diploma in Police Studies and a Certificate in Criminology from the University of Malta and a Masters Degree in Business and Administration from Henley Business College.
|Dr Saviour Formosa B.A.(Hons) Soc, Dip. AppSocSt., M.Sc. GIS (Hudd), Ph.D. (Hudd), FRGS|
Dr Formosa is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Criminology. He has a Ph.D in spatio-temporal environmental criminology, having read for a MSc in GIS, a BA(Hons) in Sociology, and a Diploma in Applied Social Sciences. Dr. Formosa is responsible for Information Resources at the Malta Environment & Planning Authority. He lectures in various faculties including FEMA, Architecture, Youths, Environment Institute and Institute of Islands and Small States.
Dr Formosa has managed a number of national and international projects within the spatial planning, environment and IS fields, inclusive of Aarhus-related projects, Structural Funds for Environmental Monitoring, amongst others. His main expertise lies in the implementation of cross-thematic approaches and uses to the data cycle and management with emphasis in the thematic and spatial data structures, visualisation, modelling, web-mapping, analysis and dataflow management and reporting.He was instrumental in bringing about change in access to information having worked for the introduction of freely-accessible data for reserachers and the general public through the implementation of the Arhus Convention, the INSPIRE Directive and the ERDF 156 project.
Dr Formosa's main research focus covers criminal statistics, spatio-temporal analysis and socio-technic analysis across the social, physical and landuse disciplines. He is a Member of the Applied Criminology Centre at the University of Huddersfield.
Dr Formosa represents Malta in various fora: GMES (Global Earth Monitoring for Environment and Security), GEO (Global Earth Observation), ESPON ECP (European Spatial Planning Observatory Network Contact Point, EEA NFP (European Environment Agency National Focal Point) and other fora.
Dr Formosa has developed the www.crimemalta.com website which covers ongoing information and crime-related statistics in Malta.
|Dr Mary Muscat LL.D., M.Sc.(Port.), P.G. Dip. Env. Mgt., B.A.( Hons), B.A. Legal & Hum. Stu., B.A. (Gen.) Dip. Police Stu., Dip. Trib. Eccl. Melit., Cert. Crim., ĊQP. |
Dr Muscat is a full-time resident academic and she lectures in Crime Prevention, Community and International Policing with the Institute of Criminology as well as in Environmental Crime with the Environment and Planning Law Unit of the Faculty of Laws. She also serves as a part-time child advocate with the Family Section of the Civil Courts, and as a part-time Deputy Defender of the Bond at the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of the Maltese Catholic Archdiocese. She is also Cepol's (the European Police College) National Research and Science Correspondent for Malta.
Dr Muscat spent 13 years in the Malta Police, terminating her career as a Senior Police Inspector having served in the district, set up the Community and Media Relations Unit and was the public relations officer of the Malta Police. As a lawyer, she headed the Data Protection Unit within the Prosecutions Unit of the Police and represented the Malta Police within the EU on issues of racism and xenophobia. By graduating in LL.D in 2005 and subsequent admission to the Bar in 2006, she became the first female officer of any rank in 191 years of Malta Police history to obtain such achievements.
Dr Muscat has also been a visiting lecturer, tutor and marker of dissertations with the Institute of Criminology and in Geography with the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta since 1999, a MATSEC examiner in Geography since 2004, and a lecturer in geography, crime prevention, criminal and police law at the Police Academy since 1993. She is a PhD candidate with the University of Sheffield and is researching the setting up of the Malta Police in first 50 years of British administration. She holds degrees from the Universities of Malta and of Portsmouth (UK), professional warrants in legal practice before the Maltese Civil Courts and the Catholic Ecclesiastical Tribunals in Malta, as well as a warrant in proofreading Maltese. She has published a series of articles related to police practice and law in the Malta Police Association's publication Il-Pulizija.
Dr Muscat is involved in ongoing work as CEPOL's Research and Science Correspondent (RSC) on the National Implementation Plan to further police research in Malta. Cuurent research activities are on observations on the role of Child Advocate in Malta, Maltese police leadership and Policing in the Mediterranean.
Chantal Avellino B.Psy (Melit.), Dip. Prob Serv (Melit.), MSc Forensic Psy, (Glasgow), MBPsS, MPPB 0097
In 2003, Chantal Avellino read for a first degree in Psychology with English at a subsidiary level and in the following year she read for a Post Graduate Diploma in Probation Services, both awarded by the University of Malta. Having developed an interest in the field of forensics, in 2006, Chantal went on to read for a Master of Science in Forensic Psychology at the Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. Her studies focused upon exploring the experiences of female police officers in the police force.
Ms Avellino then returned back to Malta and took on the role of probation officer, and later, senior probation officer within the Department of Probation and Parole. Currently she holds the position of forensic psychologist within this same department. She is also a visiting assistant lecturer at the Department of Criminology, at the University of Malta.
Ms Avellino is a warranted forensic psychologist, a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a member of the Maltese Psychological Association and a registered member of the Malta Criminology Association (MACA).
Chantal is currently reading for a PhD under the supervision of Prof Alan Costall, Dr Michelle Newberry and Dr Adrian Needs. Through her research Chantal seeks to introduce a risk assessment and management strategy to the Maltese Department of Probation and Parole.
|Janice Formosa Pace B.Psych. (Melit), Dip. Prob Serv.(Melit), MSc Forensic & Legal Psychology (Leic).|
Ms Formosa Pace obtained her first Degree in Psychology and also a Post Graduate Diploma in Probation Services at the University of Malta. Ms Formosa Pace completed her Masters Degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology at the University of Leicester in 2003. Ms Formosa Pace is a full time teacher of Personal and Social Education at St Clare College Boys' Secondary School Gzira. She is also a visiting lecturer within the Department of Criminology, University of Malta. Her main areas of interests are the psychological approaches to understanding crime, the role of psychology in criminal investigation and courtroom interactions.
Ms Formosa Pace is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Huddersfield specialising in the incidence of crime transference across the generations. Her main area of research is in the transmission of crime across the generations with emphasis on the period between 1950 and 2010 in the Maltese Islands.
She is a council member of the Malta Union of Teachers. Her expertise lies in the development of routes for deviant children. Ms. Formosa Pace is a Member of the Malta Criminology Association. She provides expertise for the www.crimemalta.com website.
Dr Donatella Frendo Dimech E.D.P., LL.D., Mag. Jur. (Int. Law)
|Dr Frendo Dimech is a part-time lecturer with the Department of Criminology and a senior counsel to the republic. She has been appointed by the government as national member to Eurojust in The Hague. Dr Frendo Dimech joined the Attorney General's Office as a Prosecutor in 1997 and since 2000 has been dealing with money laundering as well as being responsible for international mutual judicial co-operation and extradition. Dr Frendo Dimech teaches on international co-operation in criminal justice matters and law.|
Ms. Roberta Holland B.A. (Hons) M.Sc. C.Psychol. C.Sci.
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Ms Holland is a part time lecturer with the Department of Criminology and a forensic psychologist at the Corradino Correctional Facility. Ms Holland is a member of the British Psychological Society and the Malta Union of Professional Psychologists. She teaches on psychology of crime.
Professor Andrew Willis (B.A.) (York), Dip. Crim. (Cantab).
Professor Willis is a long-term Visiting Professor at the Department of Criminology. He was previously Head of the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester, UK. He has career long involvement in probation officer, social work and police training, nationally and internationally.
Research interests include probation, corrections and penal policy; police-public relations and community policing; and security and risk management. He has major research grants and publications in all these areas. This expertise is reflected in his teaching both for the BA Criminology and the MA Probation Services.
Professor Willis is an associate tutor and consultant with the International Academy of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) at Bramshill, with experience of operational and strategic level management training for over 500 senior police officers from more than 70 countries world-wide.
Professor Willis is an associate adviser to the British Council on crime, criminal justice and policing, with particular reference to peacekeeping, security and international capacity building, and reforming the security and justice sectors in post-conflict countries. Professor Willis works closely with the Malta Association of Risk Management on the development of thinking and practice in the rapidly expanding private security sector.
With colleagues from the Department of Criminology, Professor Willis is currently working on security sector reform in post-conflict Libya.
Working with colleagues from Probation Services he is helping to operationalise the restorative justice, parole and victim-offender mediation components of the Restorative Justice Act.
With colleagues from the Department of Information Policy and Governance, he is working on the development of a new wholly online Masters programme in Computer Sciences and Information Policy, to be offered as a three-way partnership between the University of Malta, Stevenson University (USA) and Edith Cowan University (Western Australia). The three institutions are world leaders in their field.
These activities add significantly to the profile of the Department and University, nationally and internationally.
Professor Willis is committed to research and research-led teaching. He enjoys working at the interface of higher education and professional practice in criminal justice. He was attracted to the University of Malta because of its standards and ambitions, and attracted to the Department of Criminology because of its close and strong links with local services in probation, corrections and policing. He argues that when academic rigour and professional training can be properly combined concurrently, the sum of the parts is greater than the components on their own. This allows the criminologist to offer services that provide a real-life dividend in professional practice.
Ms. Marika Attard
Ms Attard joined the Department during 2011 as a Clerk.
She worked as a secretary with PBS Newsroom for 18 years.
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Ms. Sandra Sciberras
Ms Sciberras is a full-time member of the Department of Criminology.Joined the Department in October 2011, having moved from the Library where she worked as a Library Assistant since 1993.
Ms. Denise Xerri B.A.(Hons) Criminology
Ms Xerri joined the Department on the 6th April 2009 as a research assistant.
In 2008 she graduated with Honours in Criminology after being a full-time student for three years. Her dissertation of the BA focuses on 'Omerta` in Gozo' which concludes that fear of crime and omerta` correlate intermediary with each other, particularly through one factor for each of the constructs: fear of crime as a perceived Gozitan characteristic with omerta` as an internal matter.
Prior to joining the Department, she worked full-time with a Security Company with the responsibility to monitor and manage back office operations. She also coordinated and prepared documents for enforcement officers as well as reported back on their work.
Other Visiting Lecturers
Dr Bridget Ellul M.B.Ch.B.(Glas.),M.R.C.Path.,F.R.C.Path. is the Head of the Department of Pathology.
Dr Marilyn Clark Ph.D., works with the Department of Psychology.
Capt. Reuben Lanfranco Mag. Jur. (Int. Law), LL.M. is the Director of the Maritime Institute (MCAST).
Dr Mario Spiteri LL.D., is a superintendent within the Malta Police Force.
Dr Helga Zahra LL.D., LL.M., works at the European Court of Justice.
Dr David Zammit Ph.D. works with the Faculty of Laws.
Rev. Dr Raymond Zammit S.Th.D, is a visiting lecturer with the Faculty of Theology.
Other tutors also help in the supervision of dissertations.
Foreign Lecturers Dr Paul Knepper
, Ph.D., is a lecturer in social policy, Department of Sociological Studies, and a member of the Centre for Criminological Research, at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is also Visiting Professor at the Institute of Criminology.
Prof. Mahesh K. Nalla Ph.D. is professor and director of graduate studies at Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, USA. He serves as the Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.
Prof. Col Peter Ruszonyi Ph.D., heads the Corrections Department within the Hungarian Police College.
Prof. Shlomo Shoham Ph.D. is one of the world's leading criminologists, having taught, practiced, and researched in this and related fields since 1953. He joined Tel Aviv University in 1965, and has been a research associate at Ohio State University; visiting associate professor at the Department of Sociology, Pennsylvania University; and visiting professor at SUNY Albany, Rutgers, Harvard, the Sorbonne, and Oxford.
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24 May 2013