The UWI Cave Hill Campus Annual Report to Council 2021/2022

Cover : Images from a section of the mural located on the external wall of the Frank Worrell Halls, Cave Hill Campus. The full mural was conceptualised to reflect two major tenets of The UWI – regionality and inclusivity. The images were designed and painted by Barbadian artist, Mr Neville Legall, and depict central characters in Caribbean culture, including a mauby seller, a Mother Sally, select members of a ‘tuk’ band and steelpan players. The backdrop features the iconic Clock Tower, situated on the top of the Leslie Robinson Building at the Cave Hill Campus.

Our Vision To be an excellent global university rooted in the Caribbean

Our Mission To advance learning, create knowledge and foster innovation for the positive transformation of the Caribbean and the wider world

Our Core Values Integrity Excellence Gender Justice Diversity Student Centredness

Students on Campus



Chairman’s Statement.......................................................................... 2

Principal’s Overview.............................................................................. 5

Internal Operating Processes............................................................ 53

Teaching, Learning and Student Development............................... 65

Celebrating Student Achievements.................................................. 89

Research and Innovation.................................................................. 107

Campus Events.................................................................................. 135

Administrators of The Campus, 2021/2022................................... 148

Membership of The Campus Council Cave Hill, 2021/2022........ 149

Financial Report on Campus Activities........................................... 151

Recognising Excellence................................................................... 157

Statistics............................................................................................. 176

Staff. ................................................................................................... 185

Benefactors........................................................................................ 189

Special Report Supplement Spotlight on Alumni: Making a Lasting Contribution......................... i

Chairman’s Statement



STATEMENT I t is my pleasure to present to Council, the Annual Report of the Cave Hill Campus for the Academic Year 2021/2022, a comprehensive record of the Campus’ activities and accomplishments in the face of continued challenges. The Report is a testament to the Campus’ determination to achieve the strategic goals of The UWI, regardless of obsta- cles faced.

Sir Paul Altman Chairman

The Council recognises the tireless efforts of the entire Cave Hill team during the COVID-19 pandemic, which persisted in the 2021/2022 academic year. We commend the staff and students for their adaptability and their commitment to not only maintaining, but enhancing the Campus’ operations throughout this period. A warm welcome is extended to Professor R Clive Landis, who assumed the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Cave Hill on August 1, 2022, after having served the University with distinction in various capaci- ties since 2004. The Campus Council looks forward to working with Professor Landis and wishes him a successful tenure, driven by his vision for growth through interna- tionalisation, innovation/industry partnerships, academic publications, and outreach. The notable achievements of the Campus, as outlined in the Report, reflect its hard work and unwavering spirit. The digitisation of internal operating processes continued to advance, resulting in increased efficiencies which ultimately improved experiences for students and staff. This is evidenced by enhancements to the post- graduate admission process, the successful piloting of the Human Resources Performance Information System, and improvements to the timetabling process. Appreciation is extended to the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) for the excellent technical and pedagogical support provided to faculty throughout this period. This support was pivotal to the successful transition to remote teaching during the pandemic. The Council also acknowledges the exceptional student

support provided by the Student Enrolment and Retention Unit (SERU) and the Office of Student Services and Development (OSSD). Campus Council commends the Campus on its commit- ment to curriculum renewal, as it strives to ensure its programme offerings are not only attractive, but perti- nent to the developmental needs of the Region. The addition of over 50 degree programmes to its suite of academic offerings in the 2021/2022 academic year is both noteworthy and impressive. The breadth of programmes that have been approved or revised during the period will further add to the Campus’ offerings and is indica- tive of its endeavour to remain relevant and enhance its appeal as the university of choice for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. The Campus’ focus on harnessing its strengths and uniqueness to boost its global appeal is highly commendable, as it forges ahead with its interna- tionalisation thrust, towards improving its financial health. After four consecutive years of enrolment growth (2018/2019 - 2021/2022), the Campus experienced a marginal decline in enrolment of 4.6% in 2022/2023, compared to the previous year. The decline could be attributed to the economic downturn, triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. As Caribbean nations seek to reju- venate their economies, enrolment trends will be closely monitored, as the Campus intensifies its efforts to attract new students and improve retention rates. The Report commends the faculties for their efforts to recognise and reward exceptional students who have earned a place on Deans’ Lists, received scholarships, or won special prizes across a range of disciplines. On


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of noncommunicable diseases, and thereby promoting health and wellness. The establishment of the Centre for Commercial Analytical Services, a facility that will have the capacity to analyse samples of water, food, drugs, indus- trial and commercial products, among others, and which promises to service individuals and industry through fast turnaround times at reasonable prices, will also position the campus to realise a new revenue stream that would bolster its efforts towards the infrastructural and programmatic renewal of the Faculty of Science and Technology. The promotion of four exceptional faculty members to the esteemed rank of professor is duly recognised. The four, Professors David Akombo, Corin Bailey, Cynthia Barrow- Giles and David Berry are fully deserving of this honour. This achievement underscores their impressive accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service. The Council joins in congratulating the new professors and offers its best wishes for their future contributions to the Campus and beyond. We acknowledge the generous support of the many bene- factors, who did not renege on their commitment to the Campus, even in trying times. Their contributions have been invaluable in enabling the Campus to produce well-rounded, highly-qualified graduates. Special thanks are accorded CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, which has contrib- uted over USD 2 million in support of various campus initi- atives since signing its first MOU with the Campus in 2003. This partnership has been extended with the signing of a new Agreement in which the bank pledges further support for the period 2021/2022 to 2023/2024, towards student development, research enhancement and mutually-benefi- cial entrepreneurial and innovative opportunities. The Campus is also grateful to the governments of Barbados and the region, for their visionary, sustained funding of tertiary education at The UWI, thereby signaling their recognition of the quality of graduates produced by The UWI and the difference its graduates have been making to the development of the region. In the coming academic year, as the Cave Hill Campus embraces Phase 2 of The UWI Triple A Strategic Plan (2022-2027) under the theme: The Revenue Revolution , the Council wishes the Principal, staff and students every success in their collective endeavours, and pledges its support for the Campus’ ground-breaking initiatives that will ensure its viability in a dynamic, global environment.

behalf of the Council, I extend congratulations to the outstanding students for their academic, creative and sporting achievements. Campus Council also congratulates the graduating class of 2021 on its remarkable performance. Of the 980 students earning undergraduate degrees, 154 students were awarded first class honours, 358 students gained upper second class honours and 277 students, lower second class honours. Performance at the postgraduate level was also outstanding, with 20 students earning doctoral degrees, two with high commendation, and 316 students earning Masters degrees, 133 with distinction. We note the Campus’ effort to showcase its alumni by recognising their outstanding accomplishments, and we fully support the invitation for alumni to play a more active role in the Campus community and utilise their expertise to assist in propelling the Campus forward. The Council notes with keen interest, the initiative of the Campus to take The UWI to the City of Bridgetown, by establishing a presence in the historic, picturesque Mutual Building. The Council looks forward to the innovative projects to be realised from this initiative, through the forging of strategic partnerships with the Government and the private sector. The Report highlights the remarkable strides made by academic staff in their research and publishing pursuits, as well as substantial funding attracted by faculties and depart- ments for research projects. To this end, we congratulate the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre (GACDRC) for its unwavering efforts to secure funding for new projects over the years. Through these efforts, the Centre was able to attract funding in the 2021/2022 academic year to the tune of 588,100 euros for the project Building Capacity in Stable Isotype Techniques to Address Childhood Obesity in the English-Speaking Caribbean Member States and GBP 600,000 for its participation in the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Community Food for Human and Planetary Health in Small Islands . Council looks forward with great anticipation to the new and exciting projects that are on the horizon. The Diabetes Reversal Project presents an excellent opportunity for the Campus to improve its financial position, while at the same time, demonstrates the Campus’ commitment to its social responsibility, through assisting with the management


Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles caps newly-inducted Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill Campus, Professor R Clive Landis, at his Induction Ceremony on November 13, 2021

Principal’s Overview



Overview T he University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus is pleased to present its Report to Council for the Academic Year 2021/2022. This year’s report highlights the Campus’ remarkable resilience in the face of continued chal- lenges. Despite these obstacles, the Campus remained resolute not to be defined by its circumstances, but to skillfully navigate a harsh economic climate and an innovative, hybrid model of teaching and learning, necessitated by national protocols relative to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor R Clive Landis, PhD (Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal)

This Report chronicles some of the Campus’ accomplish- ments, of which it is justly proud. The Campus gratefully acknowledges and salutes its dedicated, hardworking management team and staff at every level, whose excep- tional adaptability in challenging situations allowed the Campus to fulfill its obligations to stakeholders and achieve its goals and objectives, as articulated in The UWI’s Triple A Strategic Plan, 2017-2022. Well done Cave Hill! The Campus’ mode of operation was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic for the third consec- utive academic year (2019/2020 – 2021/2022). Due to national protocols, the Campus was largely unable to offer in-person classes. Nevertheless, permission was sought and granted by local authorities to conduct face-to-face classes for courses that had practical components, whenever feasible. Online examinations were administered in semes- ters I and II, except for disciplines that required in-person assessments. The Campus adeptly navigated the challenges presented by ensuring that its faculty and staff were well equipped to perform their duties with efficiency and effectiveness, even when working remotely. Faculty and students had access to the eLearning platform, Moodle, while synchronous and asynchronous teaching were delivered through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Blackboard Collaborate. These

resources remained available for the entire period, enabling the Campus to effectively provide continuous support to its faculty and students. Virtual events and meetings were conducted through Zoom and Microsoft Teams, which had previously demon- strated their efficacy in the earlier stages of the pandemic. Administrative offices were open for business, but operated with a skeletal staff in many instances. Virtual activities were commonplace throughout semester I, including signal campus events like the annual Graduation Ceremony. Livestreaming of some events was made possible through UWI tv and YouTube, one such event being the professo- rial lecture delivered by Professor Dwayne Devonish on February 23, 2022. The hybrid teaching modality required some faculty and staff to work on campus and others remotely via videocon- ferencing. To facilitate this modality, the Campus equipped teaching spaces with a variety of audio visual (AV) equip- ment, including poly video bars, flat screen displays, and multimedia projectors linked to Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate for the delivery of teaching. The Campus also provided Respondus Monitor and Lockdown Browser tools to allow for the proctoring of online assessments, thereby maintaining the integrity of its examinations processes.


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CAVE HILL UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP Following the retirement of Professor The Most Honourable V Eudine Barriteau on July 31, 2021, I assumed the lead- ership of the Campus on August 01, 2021, as its fifth Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal, having previously served as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Board for Undergraduate Studies, The UWI, and as Deputy Principal, as well as Director, George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, Cave Hill. On assumption of duty, I outlined my vision for the Campus, which is rooted in the aspirations of the National Strategic Plan of Barbados 2006 to 2025, with the goal of achieving “a fully developed society that is prosperous, socially just and competitive”, coupled with the theme of the UWI Triple A Strategic Plan, “Revitalising Caribbean Development”. My vision for Cave Hill is anchored on four broad themes: 1. Internationalisation – to see the Campus leverage its unique advantages to attract international students. The advantages identified include: highly prized tropical destination; the UWI’s top tier ranking; and programmatic accreditation. 2. Innovation/Industry Partnerships – to propel the Campus’ evolution beyond traditional teaching, learning and research and to enhance its role as a driver of local and regional innovation and entrepreneurship. Innovation structures will be strengthened internally through innovation competitions with mentoring support for staff and students, and externally by fostering a robust tri- partite relationship between university/government/ private sector with the goal to help research translation into commercially-viable innovation products. 3. Academic Publications – to see the Campus advance it publications thrust and disseminate its work through avenues such as public lectures/public debates, public communiques for the most topical/ relevant outputs, and radio/TV digests of research to reach wider audiences; to see all academic staff populating their UWIScholar profiles, thus making themselves “discoverable” to maximise academic and consulting opportunities.

Promotional Flyer for Professor Dwayne Devonish’s Professorial Lecture

Professor Dwayne Devonish’s Professorial Lecture was streamed by UWI tv

Following the ease in national COVID-19 protocols, admin- istrative and other non-teaching staff returned to full face- to-face duties on February 28, 2022, the first time since the Campus transitioned to remote work on March 24, 2020.


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4. Outreach – to see the Campus communicate its outreach activities more effectively using avenues such as: the creation of a register of service and outreach activities; the appointment of skilled, dedicated website personnel; the sharing of student and alumni testimonies; the demonstration of research in action (impact of research); increased media engagements and media coverage of outreach. On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of Cave Hill, I wish to express profound gratitude to my predecessor, Professor Emerita The Most Honourable V Eudine Barriteau, for her excellent stewardship as the Campus’ fourth Pro Vice- Chancellor and Principal. Professor Barriteau assumed the leadership of the Campus on May 1, 2015, and held that position until her retirement. Under Professor Barriteau’s leadership, the Campus navigated one of its most difficult phases, characterised by financial austerity, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other natural occurrences, such as the ashfall (from the La Soufrière Volcano in St Vincent) in April 2021, and the passage of Hurricane Elsa in July of the same year. Professor Barriteau’s commitment to maintaining a high quality of teaching and learning was unwavering, despite the challenges faced. Her determined efforts during her tenure have been invaluable to the Campus and have left an indel- ible mark on staff and students alike. The Campus is deeply indebted to Professor Barriteau, and wishes her a long, happy and healthy retirement!

Professor Emerita The Most Honourable V Eudine Barriteau

Dr Jeanese Badenock, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology

strategies towards the indole alkaloids - echitamine and prenostodione. Dr Badenock distinguished herself as a Cave Hill graduate when she was named valedictorian of the class of 1996 and the recipient of the R L Seale & Co Ltd Prize in Chemistry, the latter of which is awarded to the best performing student in the advanced level chemistry courses. While at Dartmouth, she was the proud recipient of the John H Wolfenden Teaching Prize and the Karen E Wetterhahn Fellowship in Chemistry. At Cave Hill, Dr Badenock has supervised three graduate students and has acted as Examiner for no less than eight upgrades and three PhD vivas. In the Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Dr Badenock served as Coordinator of the Chemistry programme and Coordinator of the Quality Review of Chemistry in 2014. At the Faculty level, she has acted as Deputy Dean (Outreach and Research) and Chair of the FST Subcommittee for Graduate Studies and Research. Dr Badenock has ably served the Campus and The UWI by extension, through her duties as Chair of the Academic Quality Assurance Committee (AQAC), the Campus Library Committee, and the Campus Reaccreditation Committee, which saw the Campus receiving reaccredita- tion for the maximum seven (7) years. She was also the Vice-Chancellor’s nominee to the Open Campus Academic Board and a member of the 2012-2017 Cave Hill Strategic Planning Core Team.


August 1, 2021 marked a historic moment for the Cave Hill Campus, and by extension, The UWI, as Dr Jeanese Badenock became the first woman to assume the role of Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, leaving a lasting legacy! Dr Badenock joined the Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Cave Hill in 2004 as a Lecturer in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Mathematics from The UWI, Cave Hill and a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Dartmouth College, where her research focused on the radical chem- istry of the heterocyclic compound, indole, and synthetic


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Retired Campus Registrar Mrs Jacqueline Wade (second right) with family members at the Renaming Ceremony. From left are: Hon Cynthia Wilson, Mrs Karen Alleyne and Ms Lisa Wade

To celebrate the occasion of the renaming, posters dedi- cated to Mrs Wade’s tenure were displayed in the foyer, stairways, and hallways of the building that lead to the main conference room. Those who witnessed the ceremony in person or via the social media platforms, heard glowing tributes about the consummate professional who excelled at strategy and execution and was renowned for her grace and poise. In recognition of the many individuals who had mentored, guided and worked with her throughout her 34 years of service at Cave Hill, Mrs Wade remarked, “…this recogni- tion is for those at all levels of administration whose crea- tivity and dedication made the Cave Hill Campus known across the University for its administrative effectiveness and responsiveness.” Those paying tribute to Mrs Wade at the Ceremony included Vice-Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles; Chair of Campus Council, Sir Paul Altman; Pro Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Clive Landis; and former Pro Vice- Chancellor & Principal, Professor The Most Honourable Eudine Barriteau. Throughout the Ceremony, Mrs Wade was lauded for her brilliant, decisive, yet compassionate leadership, her consummate professionalism, and her

Having the honour of being the first female Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Cave Hill, Dr Badenock brings a wealth of experience to her new role and envi- sions a Faculty that celebrates collaborative research, best administrative and pedagogical practices, improved student experiences, external stakeholder engagement and data- driven decision-making. The Cave Hill Campus congratu- lates Dr Badenock on her appointment.


Former Campus Registrar, Mrs Jacqueline Wade, whose outstanding legacy was one of excellence, has been commemorated by the Campus, through the renaming of its main conference room in her honour. The Jacqueline Wade Conference Room located in the iconic Hilary McDonald Beckles Administration Complex was unveiled during a ceremony held on February 28, 2022. Mrs Wade served as Campus Registrar from 2004 until her retirement in 2013. The former chief administrator’s long list of accolades/ achievements included the reorganisation of the student registration system in the early 1990s, notable improve- ments to the annual graduation ceremony and the automa- tion of critical administrative processes.


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The enhanced Photo Gallery at the 3Ws Pavilion

incisive and analytical mind. Family members in attend- ance (in-person or virtual) included the honouree’s sister, Mrs Cynthia Wilson, and daughters, Ms Lisa Wade and Dr Alisha Wade.


As part of its thrust to expand its academic offerings in sport and upgrade its sporting facilities, the Campus reaf- firmed its commitment to cricket at a ceremony held on January 25, 2022. The ceremony marked the completion of the refurbished work at the 3Ws Oval and the launch of a certificate course in Sports Marketing, through a part- nership between the Faculty of Sport and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Works undertaken included the refurbishment of the Garfield Sobers Indoor School/Cricket High Performance Centre. The photo gallery in the Pavilion had also been enhanced with colour and the addition of new photographs, including those capturing the West Indies Women Cricket team in its historic T20 World Cup win. During the event, Campus Principal, Professor Clive Landis received the Gunn & Moore cricket bat used by Dr The

Librarian at the CLR James Cricket Research Centre, Dr Margaret Broomes presenting the bat to Principal, Professor Clive Landis on behalf of Dr the Most Honourable Desmond Haynes


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Exhibit of original manuscript of C L R James’ book Beyond a Boundary

Most Honourable Desmond Haynes at his 100th test match in 1993, and signed by members of the then West Indies cricket team. The bat was presented by Dr Margaret Broomes, Librarian at the C L R James Cricket Research Centre, who described the bat as “priceless” and “an item of personal cricket memorabilia, not only of Dr Haynes’ personal achievement, but essential to the West Indian cricket historical record”. In recognising the donation of the bat to the Campus’ sport gallery, Professor Landis remarked that the “CLR James Cricket Research Centre should be on the bucket list of every cricket aficionado”. A special exhibit at the ceremony, was the handwritten notes and original manuscript of CLR James’ book Beyond a Boundary . Final work had also been undertaken on the 3Ws memorial site with the tomb of Sir Everton Weekes encased in granite and the plaque set in place. The facility would be a significant attraction for not just cricketing fans and sport personnel but also for researchers. These crick- eting attractions, The UWI’s international ranking and the Campus’ beautiful environment were important assets in Cave Hill’s internationalisation thrust. During the ceremony, Mr Pete Russell, Chief Executive Officer of the CPL announced that a fully accredited certifi- cate programme in Sports Marketing will be offered at Cave Hill, coinciding with the observance of the league’s tenth season. He indicated that the programme will be augmented by insight from senior CPL staff who will offer their expertise on the issues of marketing, brand building, public relations, content creation, understanding of the digital landscape and business management. Upon completion, up to 12 students will be given the opportunity to join the league’s internship

programme that is operated in conjunction with The UWI. In his remarks, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, a former director of the West Indies Cricket Board, stated that the certificate programme in Sports Marketing will bring tremendous value to West Indies cricket because the graduates will move into professional positions where they, in turn, will empower those who follow. He further stated, “We have a commitment in our university to West Indies cricket and cricket as a culture. It is not a dry weather commitment. We are committed to West Indies and global cricket through thick and thin. We are committed because we have invested the best of ourselves in this culture. But importantly, West Indies cricket, for us, is a trailblazer.” The Vice Chancellor commended Professor Landis on his lead- ership, vision and being a believer in strategic partnerships. Campus Principal, Professor Clive Landis, stated that the institution intends to leverage its academic achievements to attract international students to the world-class cricket programme offered at the Academy of Sport, some of which is offered online. In this respect, he said the campus has decided to convert its Master’s in Cricket Studies into an online degree programme for students interested in earning a master’s degree online from an accredited university with a unique cricketing pedigree. Also in attendance at the ceremony, were Mrs Amanda Reifer, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Sport, who brought remarks on behalf of the Dean of the Faculty, Dr Akshai Mansingh, and Chief Executive Officer of the Indian Premier League’s Rajasthan Royals franchise, Mr Mike Fordham.


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THE UWI TRIPLE A STRATEGY 2017-2022 REVITALISING CARIBBEAN DEVELOPMENT REVIEW OF CAVE HILL’S ACHIEVEMENTS The 2021/2022 academic year marked the final year of The UWI Triple A Strategy: Revitalising Caribbean Development. Creating value from its ideas was a central component of the Campus’ strategic direction in the final year, recognising the importance of value creation as a vehicle for growth and development. The Campus under- stood that value creation was a critical means of resolving the problems of its communities and diversifying its revenue streams. Supporting staff in converting their creative ideas and visions into commercialisation and investment oppor- tunities, and fostering collaborations between academia, industry, and government to establish a value-creation ecosystem, were two key areas of focus for the Campus. The Campus’ Diabetes Reversal Project exemplifies the significance of research and knowledge production as key components of value creation. Through this project, the Campus will be joining forces with an Industry partner to commercialise low calorie meal replacement liquid products that have been informed by its research. This initi- ative also demonstrates the Campus’ commitment to its social responsibility to promote wellness and to assist with the management of the noncommunicable diseases, which are endemic in the region. Over the 2017-2022 period, the Campus successfully implemented a number of initiatives which targeted the Strategic Goal of Access, reflecting a continued commit- ment to providing equitable access for learning and flexible pathways to meet the needs of the evolving, modern-day student. For example, the Campus developed new, diverse undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and diplomas to support the expansion of its student intake. in 2018 the Campus established the Centre for Professional Development and lifelong Learning (CPDLL) to allow prospective students to maximise opportunities for flexible

learning and to promote professional development and lifelong learning. The CPDLL boasts an impressive record of developing over 250 short courses, and its offerings have attracted over 1500 delegates, who have successfully completed its short courses, customised programmes, and postgraduate standalone modules. Growing and enhancing the digital ecosystem of the Campus has also been a major priority of the Campus, and its Smart Campus Initiative has accelerated its digital transformation. Through investment in state-of-the-art technology, the Campus was able to advance learning, research, and inno- vation, and empower both students and staff in the physical and virtual space. This initiative has allowed the Campus to enhance the students’ Campus experience, drive oper- ational efficiency, and provide education in a manner that is accessible to all. The initiative played a significant role in the enhancement of the Campus’ agility and responsiveness through the improvement of its business processes. As the Campus pivots to the Revenue Revolution under The UWI Triple A Strategy 2022-2027, its Smart Campus Initiative will aid in the development and delivery of new revenue streams. Moving forward, it is important to recognise that Phase I of The UWI Triple A Strategy is a milestone, rather than an end point. As such, the fulfilment of this milestone represents the start of a new process of analysis and recalculation that will continue over the next five years. Specifically, the Campus

CPDLL Short Courses Promotional Flyer


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will focus on improving student outcomes such as boosting enrolment, retention and student satisfaction, as well as identifying new ways to diversify and increase revenue. The Campus will do this by investing in initiatives to attract more international students, delivering on the mission of student success, driving excellence in teaching and research, and building a sustainable innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. As sustainability underpins all of its strategic priorities, the Campus will implement sustainability initi- atives such as renewable energy ventures to diversify its revenue portfolio. Additionally, as the Campus considers its staff to be critical to its long-term success, it will imple- ment measures to enhance employee engagement and to foster a healthy and safe work environment. Moreover, the Campus will renew its relationships with alumni to inspire volunteer and philanthropic engagement and to diversify its revenue sources. The Campus will invite its alumni into greater roles and engage them as partners in key aspects of university life, including mentoring and career services and educational and networking opportunities. Over the next five years, the Campus will continue with its diverse initiatives to accomplish the strategic goals and objectives within The UWI Triple A Strategic Plan. These initiatives will continue to focus on the development of the Campus’ students and employees, its digital capabilities, financial resilience, and the creation of value from its intel- lectual property. The Campus’ dedication to promoting wider access to higher education will guide its efforts, as will its commitment to creating a sustainable institution.

Enrolment 1 At February 13, 2023, total enrolment stood at 6,423, with 5349 students enrolled in undergraduate programmes (83.3%) and 1074 students enrolled in postgraduate programmes (16.7%). As in previous years, the Faculty of Social Sciences dominated undergraduate enrolment with 2794 students registered, followed by 1150 students in the Faculty of Science and Technology. At the postgrad- uate level, again the Faculty of Social Sciences dominated, with 541 students registered, followed by the Faculty of Humanities and Education with registration of 228 students. With respect to nationalities, Barbados retained its place as the country with the highest percentage of nationals studying at Cave Hill, represented by 85% of undergraduate registration, followed by Trinidad and Tobago with 5%. At the postgraduate level, 78% of the student population were nationals of Barbados, followed by Trinidad and Tobago with 4%. A total of 22 nationalities were represented at the undergraduate level and 26 at the postgraduate level, thereby underscoring the rich diversity of nationalities of students of the Campus. The gender imbalance persisted as in previous years, with females representing 67%, and males 33% of the total student population. Graduation Performance Undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Cave Hill Campus continued to perform commendably. The class of 2021 was recognised at a virtual ceremony, broadcast on UWITV on October 23, 2021. A total of 1405 students were awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates, with 1035 conferred at the undergraduate level and 370 at the post- graduate level. At the undergraduate level, 154 students earned first class honours degrees, 358 students earned upper second class honours, 277, lower second class honours and 167, pass degrees. There were 23 honours and 1 To gain insight into the impact of the efforts of the 2021/2022 academic year, enrolment data is reported for the 2022/2023 academic year.

Ms Iyka Dorival - Valedictorian, Class of 2021


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Medical science students champion the importance of good nutrition with a showcase of fresh produce

one (1) distinction awarded to graduates of the Faculty of Medical Sciences. The valedictorian was Ms Iyka Dorival, who graduated with an LLB Degree with first class honours. At the graduate level, there were 370 degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded, including 20 doctoral degrees (10 PhD and 10 DM). Two doctoral students graduated with high commendation, and 133 Masters’ students with distinction. The Campus was pleased to confer honorary degrees on former West Indies Cricket Team opening batsmen, and International Cricket Council Hall of Famers, Sir Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge, KCMG, MBE and Mr Desmond Haynes, as well as internationally-acclaimed musician extraor- dinare, Mr Nicholas Brancker. Sir Gordon and Mr Haynes both received Degrees of Doctor of Laws (LLD), and Mr Brancker, the Doctor of Letters (DLitt). Mr Brancker was recognised for his contribution to culture, while Sir Gordon and Mr Haynes were honoured for their contri- butions to sport. ACADEMIC PROGRAMMING Despite the unprecedented circumstances posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Campus remained committed to curriculum renewal. This was evidenced by the number of submissions to the Board for Undergraduate Studies (BUS) and the Board for Graduate Studies and Research (BGSR)

for approval of new programmes or revisions to existing ones, aimed at enhancing the relevance of the programmes to the needs of industry and regional development. The undergraduate and postgraduate academic offerings for the 2021/2022 academic year included over 50 programmes approved in the previous academic year. These additions were designed to meet global demand and enhance gradu- ates’ employability. Prospective students may now choose from among more than 500 degree programmes offered across the Campus’ seven faculties, which are designed to prepare students for active participation in a technology-driven world that demands interdisciplinary knowledge and diverse language skills, in addition to their core competencies. The development of some programmes was prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which generally increased aware- ness about health issues and served as a stark reminder of the threat posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to public health. The rise in childhood obesity, the call for a strong school nutrition policy and octagonal nutrition warning labels point to some of the health challenges the region faces. New undergraduate programmes in health are intended to address the human resource capacity gaps within regional health systems especially in the Caribbean, where there exists a dearth of trained nutrition professionals. For example, the BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics aims to


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Dance Performance by Brianna Gibbs – Capstone Project in Theatre, 2022

breach that vast gap and supply a cadre of health profes- sionals who could champion the role good nutrition plays in the prevention and management of NCDs. Similarly, a new Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Informatics concentration), while facilitating the transition to electronic record-keeping methods, would enhance electronic information storage that enables robust decision making and fosters improved data analytics. The twinning of existing programmes with a foreign language recognises the importance of multilingualism which provides graduates with a competitive edge in the global economy. The BSc International Business, BSc International Tourism Management and BSc Political Science with foreign languages seek to arm graduates with this advantage. It has been recognised that although several entertainers of Caribbean heritage have achieved international acclaim, the region’s rich creative talent remains relatively untapped. The unique sounds, rhythms, movements and aesthetics of Caribbean music and dance are widely sought. An academic understanding of the region’s various unique art forms posi- tions graduates to become experts in the field and allows them to capitalise on the benefits to be derived from a burgeoning orange economy.

The newly introduced suite of interdisciplinary programmes at Cave Hill aims to produce graduates who are not only proficient in their fields of study but also possess transfer- able skills that can be applied to emerging job opportuni- ties, either within or outside of their areas of expertise. New/Revised Programmes Coming on Stream Twenty new/revised programmes were approved in the 2021/2022 academic year. New programmes at the under- graduate level included: BSc Management Major; BSc Management with a Minor; and BFA Music (Special). At the postgraduate level a new Diploma in Substance Abuse Administration received approval. Revised programmes approved at the undergraduate level included: BA Theology; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS); and BSc Science and Psychology. The MSc Renewable Energy Management and the Reparatory Justice double programme with the University of Glasgow, were among the revised postgraduate programmes that received approval. The programme offerings for the academic year 2022/2023 will be expanded to include the newly approved or revised programmes.


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STUDENT ENROLMENT AND RETENTION UNIT CONTINUES TO PLAY VITAL ROLE IN DRIVING ACCESS The Student Enrolment and Retention Unit (SERU) continued to harness various technologies in the execution of its work in all functional areas as the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic persisted. In the face of the ongoing restrictions posed by the pandemic, the SERU continued to utilise online modalities to ensure continuation of its activities aimed at encouraging and supporting student recruitment and enrolment locally, regionally and internationally. Virtual Information Sessions During Semester I, the SERU organised several virtual infor- mation sessions to coincide with the opening of applications for the 2022/23 academic year. These sessions included: A Meet Us ONLINE Engagement Series : Every Friday during the month of November 2021, SERU and Undergraduate Admissions staff were available to meet prospective students online via the Zoom platform between the hours of 10:00 am - 12 noon, and 3:00 – 5:00 pm, to answer ques- tions related to the application and admission process and provide assistance with the completion of application forms. Dozens of applicants took advantage of these opportunities to engage with the recruitment officers. Highlighting Student Life, Student Services and Development & Sport : This interactive webinar featured presentations on student services and opportunities provided by the Campus for holistic student development, the Campus’ sports facili- ties and programmes for student athletes, and was followed by a question and answer session. Financing Your UWI Education : This session featured pres- entations on financing options and fee payment methods, scholarships and financial aid, and a presentation by repre- sentatives of the Barbados Student Revolving Loan Fund (SRLF). Barbadian students, in particular, were informed about opportunities to secure low interest loans from the SRLF to finance the purchase of computers, as well as to finance their participation in the international exchange programme.

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Virtual “Visits” to Schools and Colleges Local School Visits During the year under review the SERU organised “virtual visits” to several local schools to promote the Campus and its programmes and to advise prospective students regarding study options and admission requirements suited to their career interests. At some schools these visits also included sessions with parents and sessions for third form students to inform their selection of subjects for study at the CXC CSEC level. Local Fairs The SERU participated in the Virtual Fair held in November 2021 by the Barbados Accreditation Council to showcase accredited institutions, and the two-day National Careers Showcase mounted by the Barbados Association of Guidance Counsellors in March 2022. The SERU also coor- dinated the Campus’ participation in a series of seminars for young persons aged 16 to 24 years, participating in Job Start Plus , the National First Job Initiative organised by the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and the Third Sector. This initiative seeks to prepare young persons for the world of work through a comprehensive training programme. The seminars aimed to inform participants regarding opportuni- ties for further study. The series is ongoing. Regional College Fairs The SERU participated in the Aruba Virtual College Fair for high school students held in November 2021. The Unit also coordinated the Campus’ participation in the Dominica College Fair held virtually on March 2, 2022. The Campus was allocated a two-hour slot to engage with prospective students. Special elements of the Campus’ programme included presentations by two former UWISTAT Ambassadors from Dominica - Lynmarie McCarthy and Tehillah Bannis, entitled My UWI Cave Hill Experience ; and presentations by two current students who joined the session live from their study abroad locations in Canada and the UK, and shared information on the oppor- tunities and benefits of participation in the international exchange programme. President of the Dominica Students’ Association, Austin Bell, spoke on Student Life at Cave Hill .

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Virtual Open Weeks and Taster Week Series The SERU coordinated a successful series of Virtual Open Weeks from February to May, 2022. During this period all Faculties were allocated a full week to showcase their programmes and provide prospective students with an insight into life and learning as a student in their respective Faculties. The Faculties took responsibility for planning and organising their own activities, with assistance from SERU and the Office of Marketing and Communications. Among the activities planned were online student-led discussions, student and alumni networking sessions, virtual undergrad- uate and postgraduate information sessions, promotion of student and faculty research, and admission of prospective students to taster lectures. Over 850 persons partici- pated in the sessions, including a number of international prospects. Recordings of many of the sessions were made available online for on-demand viewing following the live sessions. A highlight of the series was the appearance of students and staff from each Faculty on the local live televi- sion programme Mornin’ Barbados, throughout each week. All Faculties were very satisfied with the series and have agreed that it should be offered again in 2022/23.


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The SERU also teamed up with the Vincentian Students Association and the St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College to offer a similar webinar for students of the college on March 18, 2022. The two-hour session covered the application and admission process, fees and financing, the student visa process, study abroad opportu- nities and student life, among other areas. International Recruitment Fairs The SERU participated in the Lekkside International Education Fair held virtually for prospective students in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya during the period January 31 – February 4, 2022, and the Recruit in Canada virtual fair held February 25 and 26, 2022. Following these engagements, the SERU reached out to participants who visited its virtual booths to provide further information on the Campus and their programmes of interest, and to offer support during the application process to anyone who might wish to apply.

schools and colleges to stimulate greater interest in the Arts and Culture. The Career Counsellor and Internship Specialist in the Office of Student Services and Development presented a session on Changing Career Trends and Dynamics – Preparing our Students Holistically for Success. Professor Donna-Maria Maynard of the School of Education presented a seminar for the counsellors on Testing as Part of the Assessment Process in School Counselling . Both sessions were very well received. The participant survey completed at the end of the Forum indicated that the counsellors thoroughly enjoyed the programme. They also used the survey to share recom- mendations with the Campus including: • Creation of a database where students could easily see which professions they could potentially pursue with the subjects chosen, and universities where students could complete a semester/year abroad • Offering practical courses for guidance counsellors to upgrade their skills These Forums for guidance counsellors aim to position the counsellors to better support the decisions of their students seeking admission to higher education, and to encourage promotion of The UWI at Cave Hill as a first choice.

First Joint Forum for Local and Regional Guidance Counsellors

The SERU hosted the first joint Forum for Guidance Counsellors of local and regional secondary schools and colleges on November 23, 2021. The Forum was held virtu- ally and involved almost 100 participants. These included 35 local counsellors, 27 regional counsellors, four representa- tives for the Barbados Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training and 26 Campus representatives and presenters. This year, Faculty representatives were asked to share information on the ways in which the Campus had been broadening study/career options for students through the introduction of new courses and programmes, and expanding the number of interdisciplinary programmes. The Faculty of Medical Sciences focused on careers across the health system and new programmes that provide students with options for careers beyond medicine. The Faculty of Sport highlighted the potential for careers built around sport, new programmes being offered, and the Faculty as a place for student athletes. The Faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts (FCCPA) focused on careers in the Orange Economy; the FCCPA as a place to pursue studies in Culture and the Arts at a variety of levels – through major, minors, and electives; new programmes coming on stream; and opportunities for partnerships with

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