Michael Cole received his BSc in Politics from the University of Southampton in 1985. He stayed at Southampton for his M.Phil thesis on the accountability of quangos, which he received in 1991. He also has a MSc in Information Science from City University (1990) and a PhD on local government modernisation from the University of Plymouth (2008). He has held full-time research appointments at the universities of Glamorgan, Northumbria, Exeter and Plymouth; and undertaken consultancy projects for several public sector organisations. He joined ULMS in May 2007, initially to teach on the Masters in Public Administration (MPA). He currently teaches students taking a range of business-related degrees and is undertaking a wide range of research topics which, in recent years, have included UK devolution, students' unions and governance and society in China.
Michael has a long record of involvement with debating, which encompassed service on debating society committees at three UK universities (Southampton, City and Cardiff). He was President of the Southampton Debating Society a record three times. Since 2005 he has also had an entry in the Who's Who in the World.
- Fellow (Higher Education Academy 2018)
- Certificate of Teaching Excellenece (University of Liverpool Management School 2018)
- Certificate of Teaching Excellence (University of Liverpool Management School 2016)
- Research Award (Work, Organisation and Management Group, University of Liverpool Management School 2017)
- Entry in the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 editions of Who's Who in the World (Marquis Who's Who 2005)
- Chair of the ULMS Undergraduate Exam Board since 2018
- ULMS Postgraduate Assessment Officer 2012-2014
- Deputy Programme Director MPA 2009-2012