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The UWI Mourns the Passing of Professor Sir Roy Marshall

For Release Upon Receipt - February 4, 2015

St. Augustine

The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. 04 February 2015 – The University of the West Indies (The UWI) joins others around the world in mourning the passing of its former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Roy Marshall.  

Professor Sir Roy Marshall served as The UWI’s third Vice-Chancellor from 1969-1974, succeeding Sir Arthur Lewis, and Sir Philip M. Sherlock. In 1976 he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from The University and in 2006, The UWI Cave Hill Campus Teaching Complex was renamed the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex in his honour. 

In expressing his condolences, outgoing Vice-Chancellor, E. Nigel Harris stated, “The Caribbean has lost one of its most gifted minds. Sir Roy combined outstanding ability as a legal scholar with broad intellectual and leadership skills that saw him rise to become Vice-Chancellor of The UWI and subsequently of the University of Hull. He was highly respected in the international academic community, in particular in the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Our university mourns his loss”. 

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 over 50,000 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. Visit