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UWI St. Augustine readies for start of classes on Monday

For Release Upon Receipt - January 14, 2022

St. Augustine


ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. Friday, January 14, 2022—Semester 2 classes at The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine are set to resume virtually next Monday, January 17. Continuing from the previous semester, in-person practical sessions (laboratory exercises, etc) approved by the Ministry of Health will continue.

Online course registration is well underway this week. Notably, some students have experienced issues with registration attributed to the placement of Accounts Receivable (AR) Holds on Monday, January 10. These holds were placed on student accounts found to not be in good financial standing from Semester 1. Mindful of these challenges, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland underscored that the Campus is committed to assisting all students experiencing registration issues at this time.

In clarifying the reasons for the placement of holds on student accounts, Campus Bursar Andrea Taylor-Hanna said “Several reasons, including non-payment of fees, may lead to a student not being granted financial clearance. There are a significant number of students who have had their Means Test rate approved by GATE, but who have not submitted their complete set of documents to the Bursary. We also have some tuition fee payments made over the counter at the bank that are not clearly identified.” She noted that these challenges are receiving urgent attention.

In an advisory issued via email yesterday, January 13, students were guided that all queries related to AR holds are being processed. Critical reminders pertaining to the process for submission of key documents as well as GATE was also provided. The advisory also indicated that after the hold is released, students should allow 12-24 hours for access to be fully regularised. Additionally, all associated registration information is available on the campus website at,

All students are reminded to check the official portals for information pertaining to student matters – this includes their UWI student email, the Campus website and the UWI St. Augustine social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. These platforms remain the only authorised sources of information.




About The UWI

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region.

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.

The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). In the latest World University Rankings 2022, released in September 2021, The UWI moved up an impressive 94 places from last year. In the current global field of some 30,000 universities and elite research institutes, The UWI stands among the top 1.5%.

The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean, it is also in the top 20 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.

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