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“Sunshine journalist” addresses UWI students on communication in sports

For Release Upon Receipt - September 26, 2012

St. Augustine

Mrs. Debbie Derry, self-described “sunshine journalist” from South Africa, visits The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, to address students of the UWI/FIFA/CIES Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management from September 28th to 30th, 2012.

Mrs. Derry is a Senior Communication Manager at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in South Africa. After earning her Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University, South Africa, in 1983, she went on to gain a wealth of experience in the field, working for multiple newspapers and magazines in her country, and eventually acquiring her Master’s Degree in Media Studies in 2009. During her three-day guest lecture, Mrs. Derry will teach students in the Post Graduate Diploma programme about the theoretical and practical rudiments of communication in sport. The weekend session will culminate in a media conference that will be staged by the students themselves. Communication and sports journalists have been invited to witness the conference and offer constructive criticism and advice.

The UWI/FIFA/CIES Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management is offered through the Department of Management Studies at The UWI’s Faculty of Social Sciences. The UWI entered this partnership with the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) in Switzerland under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) through the signing of an MOU in 2009. This year the programme welcomed its third cohort and, in addition to Mrs. Derry’s lecture, the students are looking forward to completing modules in ‘Law and Sports’ and ‘Sports Finance’, as well as having another guest lecture this November, when FIFA Marketing Alliance Manager, Mr. Solomon Mudege, will visit the St. Augustine Campus to discuss marketing and sponsorship at FIFA World Cup events.

For more information, please contact Ms. Charisse Broome, Coordinator, Post Graduate Programmes in Sports Management, at (868) 662-2002 exts. 83724, 82105, via e-mail at, or visit

Applications for the UWI/FIFA/CIES Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management, beginning in January 2013, open online in mid-October.

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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.


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