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Christine Carrington is UWI St. Augustine’s New Public Orator

For Release Upon Receipt - October 24, 2017

St. Augustine

Christine Carrington, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Virology, Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) has been appointed the Public Orator of St. Augustine Campus for three years effective as of September 11, 2017. Professor Carrington succeeds Professor Brian Cockburn, Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology who previously served as Public Orator. The Public Orator is a traditional position at universities, especially in the United Kingdom. The person in this post acts as the voice of the university during public occasions. 

The Public Orator is expected to write the citations for the Honorary Graduands and present them to The UWI’s Chancellor at the St. Augustine graduation ceremonies carded for October 26 to 28. Each campus of The UWI has its own Public Orator who prepares and delivers citations at University functions such as graduation and awards ceremonies and convocations.

Christine Carrington joined the St. Augustine Campus as a Lecturer in Biochemistry in the Department of Preclinical Sciences, FMS in 1996. She holds a BSc in Biotechnology with 1st Class Honours from King’s College, University of London, UK and gained her PhD in Molecular Virology in 1994 from the Institute of Cancer Research, also at the University of London. When asked about her new role as The UWI St. Augustine’s Public Orator, Professor Carrington responded, "It is an honour to have been appointed to serve as Public Orator. Speaking for The UWI on such important occasions, and after the bar has been set so high, is a little daunting, but I am emboldened by the confidence placed in me. It has also been such a pleasure to interview the honorary graduands and to get to know them and their achievements. I look forward to serving."

Photo: Professor Christine Carrington


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, Social Sciences and Sport. 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. 


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