The Installation of Vice-Chancellor
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

Role of the Vice-Chancellor


The Vice-Chancellor is the principal academic and administrative officer of The University.
The Vice-Chancellor of The UWI is charged with advancing the University’s academic reputation and global standing, while championing the strategic direction outlined in the strategic plan for the remaining period of the 2012-2017 plan and beyond.

The Vice-Chancellor must therefore possess the credibility, vision and intellectual respect needed to interact effectively with the highest levels of government, business, other academic and international organizations and civic society, at the regional and international levels.

Pursuant to Statute 5(a) “The Vice Chancellor shall be ex-officio Chair of the Senate and, save in the case of committees under Statute 10.4 and of excepted Committees, of all committees of the Council and Senate provided that the Vice-Chancellor may appoint any person being a member of the University to be Chair of any such Committee.”.

Additionally, the Vice Chancellor by Statute 6 is charged with maintaining and promoting the efficiency and good order of the University for which the Vice-Chancellor shall be responsible to the Council.

In concert with Campus principals, he provides strategic direction and leadership and helps to position and present The University internationally nationally and regionally. He also carries out important ceremonial and civic duties including matriculation and degree ceremonies.

The Vice-Chancellor chairs principal University bodies and nominates deputies to chair others. He works closely with the campuses to ensure a coherent vision across all the constituent parts of the University and across all the constituent parts of The University so that its governance management and administration are efficient and effective.