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New Deputy Principal for UWI’s St. Augustine Campus; Law Dean Reappointed

For Release Upon Receipt - May 1, 2017

St. Augustine

The Council of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) approved the appointment of Professor Indar Ramnarine as Deputy Principal of the St. Augustine Campus. He succeeds Professor Rhoda Reddock, who has served as Deputy Principal at the campus since August 2008. In addition, the Council also reappointed Professor Rose-Marie Belle-Antoine as Dean of the Faculty of Law. The announcements were made at last week’s, April 27 Annual Meeting of the University Council, which took place at The UWI’s Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.

Professor Ramnarine, previously Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), commented on the honour he felt at being chosen as the next St. Augustine Campus Deputy Principal with its attendant responsibility for student matters. “I look forward to making a positive difference during my tenure and to working with all stakeholders to improve student administration systems,” he said. His appointment is for a period of five years from August of this year.

The new Deputy Principal has served as Chair of the Campus Committee on Examinations and Chair of the Academic Board Sub-committee on Student Matters. He was Deputy Dean (Student Matters) in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture for seven years and was appointed as Founding Dean of the Faculty of Science & Technology in 2012 and as University Dean in 2014.  He is currently the Chair of the St Augustine Committee of Deans and serves on the University Council and Senate. He is also the St Augustine representative on the Standing Committee on Ordinances and Regulations. 

Professor Ramnarine holds a BSc degree in Agriculture (The UWI), an MSc in Fisheries Management (University of Wales), a PhD in Zoology in the field of Fish Biology & Aquaculture (UWI) and an MBA specialising in Human Resource Management (Heriot-Watt University/Edinburgh Business School).

Commenting on the appointment of the Deputy Principal, Campus Principal, Professor Brian Copeland said “Professor Ramnarine is an accomplished academic who is a recognized scholar in his field and also brings a high level of administrative experience to the post. His experience is therefore well aligned to the portfolio of the Deputy Campus Principal at St Augustine, who has responsibility for administering student affairs.” He continued, “I take this opportunity to thank Professor Rhoda Reddock for her leadership as Deputy Campus Principal, a responsibility she agreed to continue to shoulder when I assumed office in July 2016.


Reappointed for a period of four years is Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine. Professor Antoine is an Oxford and Cambridge Scholar, UWI alumni and attorney-at-law, who holds the Chair as Professor of Labour Law and Offshore Financial Law. She is an award winning author and two-time winner of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, first in Research, then Public Service. Her career has embodied wide and diverse scholarly activity, public service, representation, and activism. In 2011, she was elected by the OAS as a Commissioner to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Washington, where she served as Rapporteur for Persons of African Descent, Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples and was elected President of the IACHR in 2015. Currently, she is Chair, CARICOM Commission on Marijuana and President, FPTT. She said: “As a young faculty we have made significant progress and continue to gel with The UWI and the community, although there is much more to do. I am honoured to have the opportunity to continue this important work. There are innovative and exciting opportunities ahead and with everyone on board I am committed to bringing the Faculty forward to even greater heights of excellence.”

The University Council, which held its meeting at the Cave Hill Campus on April 27, is the governing body of the regional university and exercises powers such as making appointments as authorised by The UWI’s Charter and Statutes, managing finances and all business affairs of the University.


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)