Welcome to the Faculty of Science & Technology (FST), at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. We are proud and enthusiastic that you have chosen the FST for tertiary level certification and the attendant competencies that will serve you on your career path. Your programme may permit you the opportunity to explore more than one discipline within this or another faculty. As far as possible, you should acquire new skills that would complement your chosen discipline, or which may contribute to the enhancement of your capabilities and adaptability within a rapidly changing workforce.
The FST offers programmes in the fundamental sciences: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Biological Sciences. Reflective of our vibrant research activity, we also offer programmes in important areas of technology including Environmental Technology, Information Technology, Renewable Energy Technology, Biotechnology, Electronics, Computer Science & Technology, Environmental Science, Biomedical Technology, and Biomedical Physics. At the St Augustine Campus, the FST delivers the most diverse suite of academic programmes by highly qualified and committed academic, administrative, technical, and support staff. We offer you a robust educational experience.
This booklet contains important information on Faculty Regulations as well as details on our programmes. It is an indispensable asset for navigating your progress and you will need to familiarise yourself with it to take advantage of the valuable guidance available from regular meetings with your academic advisors. Traditionally, The UWI has focused mainly on course and programme delivery as in-person activities. Over the past six years, we have developed some courses and programmes as fully online content, or to be delivered in a blended format, including roughly 66% face-to-face delivery and 33% online or remote delivery. The current health and safety protocols necessitate modifications in course delivery/instruction modality. These modifications and more detailed information on how your programmes will be delivered are not indicated in this booklet but shall be shared with you by your respective Departments as the COVID-19 Pandemic is dynamic and situations may change with little notice. Any and all changes are subject to Campus and National directives and would be reflected in communiques disseminated by Campus Marketing and Communications.
This year our classes will be delivered online through remote teaching. We know that some of you may experience challenges accessing your classes remotely and we give the assurance that we are taking all of this into account. We are following the latest national guidelines for physical distancing and safe operations.
Your ability to focus and remain dedicated will reap rich rewards. Most departments operate Help Desks which are designed to meet students at their particular skill level and assist in building frameworks for growth. On a broader perspective, there are also several support systems in place under the umbrella of the Division of Student Services & Development that are designed to foster your success and assist you in managing the challenges of university life. I urge you to consider club and other activities as it is important to build your networks and experience as much as possible.
On behalf of the staff of the FST, I offer you a warm welcome and wish you an enjoyable and successful time at the St Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies.