The UWI, Mona Campus_Annual Report 2021-2022

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The strength, resilience and resolve of our students were evidenced through their many achievements both locally and internationally, and through their service to communities outside the Campus. Their significant contributions, through research, outreach and other unique avenues, cement their role as architects of change and bears testament to the enduring legacy of The UWI. 1.1 TECHNOLOGY In collaboration with The UWI Mona Main Library, students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Animation programme at the Caribbean Institute for Media and Communication (CARIMAC), were able to access semester-long equipment loans of WACOM tablets to allow them to learn and practice from home. This offer was also extended to two lecturers teaching in the programme. During the period, students and teaching staff in the BFA Film Production and Animation programmes were offered access to software applications on their personal devices from home. The annual subscriptions will be recalled at the end of the academic year, to allow for the licenses to be shared with new and returning students where applicable. Additional film gear was also procured for the BFA in Film Production programme. This doubled the number of simultaneous loan sessions and provided the students with a second film kit for on-location recording. DIGITIMES 2022 DIGITIMES is an investigative news stories publication which is produced by students at CARIMAC. This year’s format veered from the usual; instead of print stories, audio stories were posted on various streaming platforms. The night’s guest speaker was renowned Trinbagonian Investigative Journalist, Mark Bassant, who shared personal stories and offered advice to young journalists, under the theme: “New Voices: Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Generation of Investigative Journalists”. Following his presentation, the new DIGITIMES podcast was launched by the journalism programme coordinator, Steffon Campbell, who showcased the first of many student stories that emerged out of their investigative work for the academic year.

Today’s World”. The session organised by Ms. Sandra Hamilton, Lecturer, allowed the students to learn from the panel of interpreters and translators from Martinique, Spain, and Jamaica, and get valuable practice moderating the session and serving as interpreters in five (5) languages including the Jamaican Sign Language. Career Seminars To enhance student development and career training and preparation in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, the Deputy Dean for Marketing and Outreach met with Ms. Tanya Francis of The UWI Office of Placement and Career Development. The first outcome of this meeting was a panel discussion “The Value of a Humanities and Education Graduate” held on March 3, 2022, with panellists drawn from public and private sector entities, and hosted by students in the Faculty of Humanities and Education. Students were advised on how to make their resume ‘sell’ the value of their degree, why employers prefer to hire graduates of the Faculty, and how to prepare themselves for the competitive job market. Feedback from attendees was positive.

• Increased exposure to entrepreneurship as a viable career option • Student access to networking for career opportunities • Interview opportunities for final year students • Dissemination of information on the changes in the global labour market The activities for the month included: • “Dressing Appropriately” and “Workplace Ethics” Seminars • Church Service • Annual Mock Interviews • Career Exposition – Faculty Career Development Sessions • Annual Job Fair Leadership Programmes In keeping with the mandate of The UWI Mona Office of Student Services and Development, each Hall of Residence, and Commuting Students space is charged with facilitating the growth and development of students with aspirations of becoming leaders. The Leadership Programme within the ABC Hall – Spartans Empowering Aspiring Leaders (SEALS) – opted to have a series of leadership seminars. In a four-part series, leaders were able to engage powerhouse stakeholders at The UWI, as well as in the private sector. The seminars focused on topics such as “Leadership Theories and Styles”, “High Performance Teamwork” and “Leading Your Legacy”. In addition to this mini-series, the “Each One Lead One” initiative for the 2021-2022 academic year, was launched on November 9, 2021, by the Hall Chairwoman, D’Andra Williams. This initiative afforded interested students the opportunity to shadow a Hall Committee member for a minimum of one semester. The Aston Preston Hall Leadership Development Programme aimed at developing leadership skills among residential students who chair or sit on various student-led committees. This initiative focused on a range of competencies which helped to better equip student leaders to carry out their roles and responsibilities more efficiently in Hall, and on the wider University Campus. Some of the areas of focus included strategic planning, proposal writing, report writing, budget building, teamwork, building

Mona Library - Virtual Reading Room The Mona Library team collaborated with Dr. Debra Ferdinand-James, Senior Lecturer at the School of Education in charge of the Graduate Workforce Development/Technical and Vocational Education and Training WFD/TVET) Programme, to facilitate a Virtual Reading Room (VRR) twice per week during the period. In this virtual space, students were able to meet with the library team and received answers to their reference queries. Subject guides were also prepared to support their research process. The following were structured information literacy sessions planned for the initiative: Introduction to UWIlinC and Search Strategies; Database Searching; EndNote Bibliographic Software; Using the American Psychological Association (APA) style to cite sources in text and in the reference list; and Thesis Preparation. Twelve students were accommodated each week, (six M.Phil. students and six Master of Arts students). The sessions were held between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, and were manned each week by two designated librarians.

Annual World of Work Seminars (Mona)

1.2 EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES The Faculty of Engineering at The Next S.T.A.G.E

The Office of Placement and Career Services hosted its 29th Annual World of Work Seminars for the 2021-2022 academic year on Thursday afternoons from October 7 to November 4, 2021. A total of five (5) seminars were held via Zoom which aimed at assisting students (particularly final year) develop the skills and competencies necessary to compete in the rapidly changing global labour market. Career Awareness Month The Office of Placement and Career Services (PCS) also hosted its 19th Annual Career Awareness Month activities under the theme “Career Resiliency, Adaptability, and Reinvention”, from February 3 to February 25, 2022. This year’s activities were held virtually via ZOOM, Instagram, and YouTube, and allowed for: • Greater access to career information by students

The Faculty of Engineering (FOE) collaborated with the Mona Engineering Society (MES) and the Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association, Mona, to host a virtual event entitled “The Next S.T.A.G.E.” (Scholarships, Transition and General Employment), on March 3, 2022. The aim was to heighten awareness among prospective and current FOE students, of scholarship and other funding opportunities available to them. The event also focused on giving students insight on what employers and scholarship application reviewers were looking for. The goal of this component was to enable individuals to better package themselves for success in these endeavours. Sign Language Interpretation The Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy hosted a Panel Discussion on March 21, 2022 under the theme “The Practice of Interpreting in

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