Maureen Cole B.A.(Melit.) (1980), B.Soc.Wk. (Hons.) (Monash) (1982), Ph.D. (UEA)(2003) worked as social worker at Caritas Malta before taking up a lecturing post at the University of Malta in 1988.
She was coordinator of the Institute of Social Welfare (1992-1993) and of the Social Work and Social Administration Unit within the Department of Public Policy (1997-2002) of the University of Malta. She was appointed Head of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work in February 2009 and continues to occupy the position to date. She served as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy between 2009 and 2012. On the 1st August 2012, she was appointed Dean of the newly established Faculty for Social Wellbeing and continues to occupy this position to date.
She has held and continues to hold various appointments at the University of Malta. She sat on the Universityâ€™s Gender Issues Committee (1994-1998), has held an appointment as Alternate Adviser on sexual harassment since 1994 and as Rectorâ€™s delegate for International Studentsâ€™ Wellbeing between 2006-2012. She also sat on the Universityâ€™s Admissions Board for a number of years.
She has sat on a number of National Boards and Committees including: â€¢ the Bioethics Consultative Committee (two terms); â€¢ a Board of Inquiry which investigated the death of a prisoner at the Police Lock- up; â€¢ the Commission on the Future of the Family (1997-1998); â€¢ the Malta Social Work Profession Board (2004-2010);
She is Chair of the National Institute for Childhood which is a research entity of the Presidentâ€™s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society (2014-to date).
She holds a Social Work warrant and is a member of the Maltese Association of Social Workers.
The Practice and Experience of Social Work Supervision
The Regulation of the Social Work Profession in Malta