The UWI, Mona Campus_Annual Report 2021-2022

People’s Choice: Ms. Davia Peddie

from Prof. Mills in 2012 to the Philosophy Section of the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy. He later died on September 20, 2021.

Faculty. An initial donation of equipment was received to establish a training lab and to support a learning platform to deliver courses under a train- the-trainer initiative. The programme will be built out in subsequent years and will include partnership with Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Programme, ICT Academy, ICT Competition, and Scholarship programme. 1.5 RESEARCH SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition: The UWI Edition 2022 The UWI Mona Library collaborated with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research in hosting the Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition: The UWI Edition in 2022. This competition, is both a

• Principal’s award to the most outstanding competitor: Ms Davia Peddie

Rebuilding Research Infrastructure

In addition to the opportunities to promote their research project to a wider community and the academic benefits, the competitors benefited from grant awards and other prizes. Rebuilding Graduate Student Publishing Thirty-one (31) of the one hundred and twenty (120) publications (representing 26%) in the Faculty of Science and Technology, were co-authored by graduate students. Graduate student publications accounted for up to a third of the publications produced by the Departments of Chemistry, Geography and Geology, and Physics.

The Department of Chemistry received a donation of J$3,0005,847.81 from the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Science and Technology. The donation, made possible through the discontinuation of the Mechanical Engineering Workshop, was used to purchase a Fourier Transform InfraRed (FT-IR) spectrometer valued at J$4,978,738.00. The fund was in honour of the late Professor Tara Dascupta. Huawei ICT Talent Hub The Department of Computing, Faculty of Science and Technology, and Huawei began collaborating on establishing a Huawei ICT Talent Hub in the

Throughput of Research Degrees

celebration and recognition of excellence in research within The UWI community.

The efforts at improving throughput for research degrees from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and at Faculty level, continued to pay dividends. These efforts included offering the Supervisor’s Course at Faculty level, hosting workshops for staff, and instituting a monitoring system through the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. This monitoring included writing students when they had exceeded their time limits, requesting workplans with timelines for degree completion, and engaging the Associate Deans, Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculties, and requesting that they communicate with the candidate’s supervisors to try and resolve any outstanding issues. Monitoring and insisting on supervisors reports each semester was also a valuable tool. An analysis of throughput data for research degrees, suggested an increase for the year beginning 2021 compared to 2020 for the Faculty of Medical Sciences, the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), the Institute for Gender & Development Studies (IGDS), and the United Theology College of the West Indies (UTCWI). Throughput decreased for graduate students in the Faculties of Humanities & Education, Social Sciences, Law, and Science and Technology. The Faculty of Engineering had no postgraduate students who were over their time limit.

The successful staging of the inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition: The UWI Mona Campus Edition in 2021, set the stage for Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition: The UWI Edition 2022. The intention was for students of the Mona, Cave Hill and St. Augustine Campuses to participate. Active PhD candidates at The University of the West Indies who have successfully passed their MPhil Upgrade Seminar (including candidates whose theses are under submission) by the date of their first presentation, are eligible to participate. The contestants have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. The competition challenged students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries, and explain them concisely and effectively in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Eleven competitors from the Cave Hill, Mona, and St. Augustine Campuses entered the first round in March. Seven students moved on to the second round or the semi-finals in May, and five advanced to the riveting finals on June 25, 2022. The three winners were:

1st place: Stephanie Mohammed from St. Augustine

Principal Dale Webber presenting the Principal’s Award to Davia Peddie, the top competitor from the Mona Campus, in the Three Minute Thesis Competition.

• 2nd place: Ms. Davia Peddie (PhD candidate) from the Mona Campus



UWI Mona Annual Report 2021 - 2022

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