Who's who

Nicholas Vella
Director of the Doctoral School
As the Director of the Doctoral School I take the academic lead in representing and promoting a supportive environment for doctoral researchers and supervisory academic staff across the University. As a champion of doctoral education, I work with colleagues across the University to ensure that significant opportunities are created to provide researchers with the skills to be successful at the University and beyond. Alongside my role as Doctoral School Director I lecture in the Faculty of Arts. 
 
Joseph Cacciottolo
Chairman of the Doctoral Academic Committee
My role is to convene the School’s Doctoral Academic Committee that evaluates doctoral applications and programmes recommended by the boards of Faculties, Institutes and Centres of the University. With my colleagues, I am committed to ensure that the doctoral research experience is a fruitful one, supported by the right organisational structures. Apart from my role as the University’s Pro-Rector for Academic Affairs I coordinate the Humanities, Medicine and Science Programme (HUMS) in the Faculty of Arts.

Saviour Zammit
Chairman of the Professional Development Committee

My role is to convene the School’s Professional Development Committee, a group that is tasked with providing a programme to enhance the development of our doctoral researchers and equipping them with the necessary skills for their chosen careers. This activity also falls within the scope of my role as the University’s Pro-Rector for Research and Knowledge Transfer. Apart from these roles, I lecture in the Faculty of ICT and direct the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation.

Colin Borg
Senior Executive
As a member of staff of the University’s Office of the Registrar I manage the team in the running of the Doctoral School, building on the experience gained over six years working directly with faculties, institutes, centres and schools and the University’s central administration in the delivery of doctoral studies. Apart from this role, I am responsible for the management of the SIMS office. I hold two degrees in Public Policy and am currently reading for a Ph.D. focusing on the governance and management of higher education.

Carole Sammut
Assistant Registrar
My role is to support the workings of the School’s Academic Committee with members of the team and colleagues spread across the University. I oversee the improvement and evolution of the organisational structures that are in place to enhance the quality of the experience of doctoral researchers. Before joining the team, I was the Principal Subject Area Officer of Arts and Languages at MATSEC since 2012. I was responsible for directing syllabus panels related to the arts and languages at SEC, Intermediate and Advanced level and for coordinating the academic content of the examination process in these areas. This also included liaising with students, teachers, and personnel of the Directorates of Education, being involved in the organisation of seminars and short programmes, collating and analysing information regarding curriculum development in the subjects under my supervision and attending conferences abroad. I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Malta. 
    
Maria Abdilla
Administration Specialist
I assist the Doctoral School’s Professional Development Committee in implementing its programme of providing support and cross-disciplinary training to doctoral researchers and academic supervisory staff. Before joining the team, I was the Officer in Charge of Administration at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation since 2013. At CEBI, I gave support to the academic staff, to students enrolled under the Master in Knowledge-Based Entrepreneurship and the members at the TAKEOFF Business Incubator. In 2009 I obtained a Diploma in Management from the University of Malta.

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