Statement | In response to Sunday Gleaner article

by January 3, 2022

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) notes the article published in the Gleaner (Jamaica) newspaper on Sunday, January 2, 2022 entitled, “UWI Rift Deepens” and wishes to make the following statement.

The UWI Regional Headquarters. Monday, January 3, 2022. — The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is a public academic institution that greatly values its rules, regulations, laws and conventions, and its responsibility to the societies it serves. The experiences and perceptions of such are often tested in relevant procedures and processes and their integrity assessed. From time to time management finds cause and has a duty to review such aspects of its human resource enterprise and operations.

During the course of academic year 2020-2021, specific developments in the human resource culture produced a state of deep governance concern and anxiety within the community. These developments were discussed by the University’s executive management with a resultant decision by consensus, that they were worthy of review and investigation.

Under the relevant statute an Independent Review Committee was established. Its report will shortly be submitted. The University Council, at its last sitting, was notified of this intention and was also informed that the report will be submitted for its consideration at the next sitting.