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UWI names three new Professors

For Release Upon Receipt - October 21, 2011

St. Augustine

The substantial list of The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) academic staff at the Professorial level has expanded by three. The announcement was made by University Registrar/Director of Administration, Mr. C.W. Iton following the recently concluded University meetings held at The UWI St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad. At these meetings the University’s Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GPC) agreed to the promotion of Dr. Anderson Maxwell, St. Augustine and Drs. Beverley Bryan and Henry Ellis, both of the Mona Campus, to the rank of Professor.

Deputy Dean, Graduate Studies & Research at the St. Augustine Campus Professor Anderson Maxwell is a distinguished UWI alumnus whose work, spanning more than three decades, has been published in numerous refereed journals. Professor Maxwell obtained both his BSc (Physics and Chemistry) and MSc (Physical Organic Chemistry) at The UWI. He also holds a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of British Columbia. The natural products chemist’s current research interests include the development of new synthetic methods in organic chemistry as well as the isolation and characterisation of bioactive natural products. Professor Maxwell continues to lecture in Chemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Professor Beverley Bryan heads the Department of Educational Studies and is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the Mona Campus. She holds a Masters Degree in Language and Literature in Education and a PhD in Language Education from the University of London. The well published academic’s research interests include cross-cultural issues in language teaching and diaspora studies. Professor Bryan has published two books, The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain (1985) and more recently, Between two Grammars: Language Learning and Teaching in a Creole-speaking Environment (2010). Professor Bryan has been involved in curriculum reform at the national and regional levels and was the recipient of the Mona Research Fellowship (2001-2003) and the Research Fellowship: Centre for Caribbean Studies, Warwick University (2006).

Professor of Chemistry, Professor Henry Ellis is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science at the Mona Campus. He holds a PhD from Leeds University. For over 30 years Professor Ellis has steadily researched and been published in peer review journals. His research interests include structural, microscopic and DSC studies of Lead (II), Zinc (II) and lithium carboxylates. Professor Ellis lectures courses in Physical Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry. He also supervises MSc, M.Phil and PhD candidates and has taught within Chemistry programmes across all four UWI campuses.

The appointments took effect on October 5th, 2011.

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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.