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UWI Press shares tribute to its founder, Sir Alister McIntyre

For Release Upon Receipt - May 1, 2019


The Board and management of The University of the West Indies Press (UWI Press) are deeply saddened by the recent loss of Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Sir Alister McIntyre. The UWI Press had a special relationship with Sir Alister, whose mission to build a globally renowned university led to the foundation of the UWI Press in 1993.

As a son of the Caribbean soil with a broadly global vision, Sir Alister had the foresight and acumen to realise the vital role of a university press in a growing tertiary institution like The UWI. While there were competing demands for the University’s resources, Sir Alister knew that investing in a high-quality academic press would pay dividends in the decades ahead. 

The UWI Press stands today as a proud testament to Sir Alister’s vision and honours his unflagging support over its twenty-six-year history. Through Sir Alister’s commitment, the Press now represents The UWI as a distinguished publisher of award-winning books, promoting both the University itself and Caribbean scholarship in general to the world.

Chair of the Board of the UWI Press, Dr Luz Longsworth says, “I join with our General Manager Dr Joseph Powell in expressing how honoured the Press was to publish Sir Alister’s engaging and insightful memoirs in 2017.  His passion for Caribbean development and the social and economic progress of the people of the region is palpable in each page of his book, and we were delighted that he chose the institution that he founded to be the publisher of his autobiography.”

The UWI Press celebrates Sir Alister’s role as institution builder, visionary and regionalist, and offers sincere condolences to his family members on their loss.




About UWI Press

The University of the West Indies Press is a not-for-profit scholarly publisher of books in fourteen academic disciplines. It is particularly well known for its work in Caribbean history, Caribbean cultural studies, Caribbean literature, gender studies, education and political science. Founded in 1992, the press has over 350 books in print. Its books are peer-reviewed and approved by an editorial committee composed of local and international scholars. For more, visit


About The UWI

For the past 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and four campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Asia, and Africa such as the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. 

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018, and was the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.  For more, visit

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