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UWI’s first graduate to be called passes – Mr. Roy Bailey

UWI alumnus Roy Bailey had, and continues to have, a historic place in the University’s history as he was the first person to be called and thus the first person to receive a UWI degree at the first graduation ceremony. In 1949, Roy Bailey won a Government of Jamaica Exhibition Scholarship to the then University College of the West Indies (UCWI) which later became The UWI, to read for a BSc Degree in Natural Sciences

UWI Alumna Sha Shana Crichton promotes empathy

UWI Pelican Sha-Shana Crichton has published in Volume 25 of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. Her Chapter is entitled: “Teaching in the Time Of Disruption: A Case for Empathy and Honoring Diversity”.  Check it out here:

Belizean alumna receives Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

UWI Pelican Chelsea Mai, a Belizean, has been awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to obtain her International Masters in Security, Intelligence, and Strategic studies.The scholarship is fully funded by the European Commission’s Education Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency (EACEA). She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the UWI, Mona Campus.

UWI Pelican Dean Juline Mills appointed at Westfield State University

UWI alumna, Juline E. Mills, Ph.D has been appointed as Westfield State College’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. She currently serves as dean of Westfield State’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services. She will succeed the University’s current Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert Kersting, Ph.D., who recently announced his retirement following 25 years of service to the University. 

UWI Alumna Dr. Krystal-Jane Verasammy takes oath of office

Dr. Krystal-Jane Verasammy, a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Association for Psychologists, as well as the British Psychological Society took her oath of office as a Member of the Equal Opportunity Commission before Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes, ORTT, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on May 25, 2021. We recognise the important contribution she makes to improving the mental health of her patients in Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr. Hardat Sukhdeo Scholarship Awarded

The UWI Medical Alumni Association Central Florida Chapter has awarded the 2021 Hardat Sukhdeo scholarship, which has been awarded since 2018 to honor the outstanding 1962 UWI medical graduate who had a distinguished Psychiatric career. It is worth US$1,500.00.

Applicants had to write an essay on the topic:  “The perception, need and role of Psychiatrists in Jamaica", most of which were very good and some excellent. 

The 1967 Class Gift keeps supporting Engineering Students

The Class of 1967 was represented by Lorna Parkins, who presented their annual scholarship to Miss Taneille Donald, now a third year Civil Engineering student.  After months of delay occasioned by the pandemic, the Faculty of Engineering, Mona, held its Annual Awards Ceremony for 2019/2020, virtually, on Thursday, 29 April, 2021. She received a cheque for $100,00.00, a plaque memorializing the event (funded so far and for another three years with a late Class Gift donation), and a citation.

UWI American Foundation & UWItv host roundtable on reparatory justice to mark Caribbean American heritage month

The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI), and UWItv will host a virtual roundtable in celebration of the National Caribbean American Heritage Month in the US, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 7:00- 8:30pm (EDT). The theme of the roundtable is “Reparatory Justice & Economic Equity for the African & Caribbean Diaspora…If Not Now…When?”

UWIMAA CANADA'S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD 2021 GOES TO DR BADRI RICKHI!

The 2021 Annual General Meeting was held via Zoom on May 2nd for public health reasons. 

A tribute to Dr Badri RIckhi was made by Dr Tex Kissoon, recognising his work in psychiatry, particularly in integrative psychology.

Dr Kissoon presented the award virtually and Dr Rickhi accepted it and expressed gratitude. 

Dr. Rickhi is a psychiatrist with additional training in traditional Chinese, Tibetan, Ayurvedic and Ryodoraku medicine as well as functional, energy and quantum physics medicine.

The UWIAA CHTM’s Sip and Support

The UWIAA Centre for Hospitality and Tourism Management (CHTM) Chapter hosted a virtual Wine Online Webinar on May 15, 2021.

Mike Morrissey talks about the Impact of Geography

The Poetics of Geography is a collection inspired by the 50th anniversary of establishment of the first Geography programme of The UWI in 1966, created by Cecille DePass and first published in 2017 in an electronic version, supported by Hilary Hickling. For more information on this publication, contact DrCecille DePass, Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, depassc@ezpost.com

UWI Alumna Dianne Young & Weill Cornell Medical College

Dianne E. Young graduated from UWI in St. Augustine campus in 1985 with a BA in Spanish and Social Sciences. She has warm memories of studying at the library and Language Department and Arts Building. She  participated in drama, dance and the Parang group. As a language student she traveled with a professor Sylvia Moody and a group of language students to immerse in the culture  of Panama and Costa Rica. She completed a Master’s degree also from Hunter College and  was offered a full time position at one of the Ivy League Universities in the USA.

Editor in Chief of West Indian Medical Journal calls for sustainable research strategies

Professor Emeritus Rainford Wilks has made a call for strategies to be implemented to strengthen the research culture and promote research productivity at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

The UWI: Among the Best in the West

Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles has described the University as “among the best universities in the West”. Sir Hilary was speaking during a presentation as keynote speaker at last week’s gathering of the Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA). The 190-member body for senior University managers (Registrars, Chief Operating Officers, and Heads of Administration) in the UK and Ireland, with Associate Members in other countries, represents 140 institutions.

University Council Appointments

The following decisions were made at the annual meeting of the University Council on Friday, April 30, which was chaired by Chancellor Robert Bermudez, and held virtually for the second consecutive year. The reappointment of Professor Sir Hilary Beckles as Vice-Chancellor of the regional university was approved for a second, six-year term Professor Brian Copeland, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the St. Augustine Campus was extended for another year beyond his scheduled retirement in August.

UWI alumna Dr. Carla Natalie Barnett is the new CARICOM Secretary-General

The UWI congratulates Dr. Carla Natalie Barnett who was announced as the 8th Secretary-General of CARICOM on Tuesday May 11, 2020. The two-time UWI graduate has made history as the first woman to be appointed to the post.

SAVE THE DATE! – June 26, 2021

This is the date to catch up with your UWI friends and classmates! Join us for a fun filled celebration of graduates from across the decades. It’s the day UWI celebrates YOU!

Alumni Relations – IAD will be celebrating our graduates on this special day!

We invite you to send us your photos and quotes of special memories.

Do you have special memories of your time on Hall – please share them too!

What have you been up to? Tell us about your awards and achievements.

If you have any particular UWI memories or stories please also share!

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