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The UWI Open Campus St. Kitts & Nevis welcomes a new Head

For Release Upon Receipt - November 4, 2010


The Open Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has appointed Mrs. Susan Sarah Owen as the new Head of the St. Kitts & Nevis UWI Open Campus site effective Monday November 1, 2010.  

Commenting on the appointment, Mrs. Luz Longsworth, Director of the Open Campus Country Sites (OCCS), said, “Although she is no stranger to UWI having worked at the Cave Hill Campus, we are delighted to welcome Susan (or Sarah as she is more commonly known), to our team across the region. She will focus on expanding and promoting the work and services of the UWI and the Open Campus in St. Kitts & Nevis. Her energy as well as her knowledge and experience in the higher education sector, particularly in the area of cultural studies will be a great asset.”

Mrs. Owen was formerly an Instructor in the Faculty of Humanities at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados since 2007. She was responsible for structuring and delivering seminars in writing for special purposes and language argument. As a technical writing expert, she marked the English Language Proficiency Test for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and moderated the marking of English courses for tertiary level institutions in the Eastern Caribbean.

She has also presented and participated in workshops for teachers in the Foundation Language Programme, as well as acted as first marker for courses offered in the Foundation Language Programme. Prior to that, Mrs. Owen also tutored an introductory course in critical literary analysis at the former School of Continuing Studies at The Pine in Barbados.

Mrs. Owens also holds a special interest in film and film production. Her M.A. English thesis in 2002 at Cave Hill centred on “Film as a Tool of Popular Culture: A Case Study of Banyan Productions 1974-2003”. In addition, she received a Certificate Digital Motion Film Production in 2000 and acted as a volunteer and chaperon at the annual Cave Hill Festival of African and Caribbean Film while a student on that campus.

Mrs. Owen says: “It is a great honour for me to represent both my country and my University as the Head of Open Campus, St. Kitts and Nevis.  I come into this position driven to achieve the vision of the UWI to “be an innovative, internationally competitive, contemporary University deeply rooted in the Caribbean” and to be guided by the principles of the Open Campus which seeks to ensure that the esteemed education, research and services offered by the UWI are available to all Caribbean citizens in all contributing territories. I intend to determine the educational needs of the adult learners in St. Kitts and Nevis and will strive towards meeting those needs. I am unwavering in my belief that with the support of the UWI and the public and private sectors, the Open Campus, St. Kitts and Nevis can continue to develop our human resources so that our culture, our services and our industry will continue to be exemplary.  As I work towards achieving our goals I am forever cognizant that, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “the future depends on what we do in the present”.

For more information, please contact The University of the West Indies Open Campus St. Kitts & Nevis, P.O. Box 326, Basseterre, or call 869-465-2190 or e-mail or click


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