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Teaching Excellence and Social Media

For Release Upon Receipt - August 26, 2010

St. Augustine

UWI and Guardian Life to host the Premium Teaching Awards 

It’s time once again to recognise and celebrate the excellent teaching that classifies The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus. On Friday 1st October, 2010, The UWI Instructional Development Unit (IDU) will collaborate with Guardian Holdings Limited and Guardian Life of the Caribbean Limited, to host The UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Awards. The ceremony will take place at 5 pm, at Daaga Auditorium, UWI.

This year’s ceremony marks the 12th year of this collaboration and the 6th Premium Teaching Awards since the partnership between UWI and Guardian Life began in 1998. These awards are alternated every other year with the Premium Open Lecture Series on learning and teaching in higher education. The theme for this year’s ceremony is “Teaching Excellence and Social Media.”  Dr. Brian Croxall, Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow and Emerging Technologies Librarian, Woodruff Library, Emory University, will be featured as the key speaker.

Four nominees have submitted portfolios to the judges. They are Dr. Wayne Goodridge, Faculty of Science and Agriculture; Dr. Shivananda Nayak, Faculty of Medical Sciences; Dr. Grace Sirju-Charran, Faculty of Science and Agriculture; and Dr. Charlene Roach, Faculty of Social Sciences. The Judges are Dr. Dale Roy, Executive Director, Centre for Leadership in Learning (CLL), McMaster University; Ms. Helen Gale, Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching, Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of Wolverhampton; and Prof. John K. McGeachie, Professor in the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia.

This event is free and invitations are extended to UWI staff, students and alumni and principals of secondary schools and tertiary level institutions.

To find out more, please contact Dr. Anna-May Edwards-Henry, Director, Instructional Development Unit, UWI, at or 662-2002 exts. 2611/2214.

Please click here to see past winners of The UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Awards.

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About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.



  • Dr. Anna-May Edwards-Henry, Director, Instructional Development Unit, UWI

  • Tel.: (868) 662-2002 exts. 2611/2214
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