Michael Blease photo Maurice Blease was Principal Lecturer in Education in Stranmillis University College, Belfast and Coordinator for Special Educational Needs in the College from 1975 until September 2009.

He gained his Teaching Certificate in 1966 from Stranmillis College, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Open University in 1973 and was awarded a Masters of Education Degree from Manchester University in 1975. In 2005, the Queen made Maurice a Member of the British Empire for his services to Education.

Maurice has had a wide and varied career in Education. He was assistant teacher and later Head of the Remedial Department at Dundonald Boys’ High School until 1975 when he established The Jaffe Centre in Belfast for Children with Emotional and Behaviour Problems where he remained Principal until 1985. He was a part-time tutor with the Open University Tutor in Education Studies from 1976 to 2001 and Honorary Tutor in Special Educational Needs with Birmingham University from 1999 to 2006. Over his career Maurice has been a member of numerous curriculum development projects and a member of St. Michael's PS and Stranmillis PS Boards of Governors.

Maurice is proud of his long association with Middlesex Community College, UMass Lowell and Lowell Public Schools. This developed in 1989 through his role as Northern Director of the Colleges of Education in Ireland Diversity & Education for Mutual Understanding Project, "Wider Horizons". Links with MCC were further established when he was Course Director of the Stranmillis University College "Working with Schools and Community" certificated course for the Police Service for Northern Ireland (PSNI); and later Course Director in Ireland for Middlesex Community College’s Irish Studies program.