Archived Issue August 2015
Pictured above (L–R) at a Principal-hosted celebration function: Richard Saunders - Campus Registrar; Patricia Harrison - Campus Bursar; Errol Simms - Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences;Professor Rhoda Reddock - Deputy Campus Principal; Professor Clement Sankat - Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal; Professor Funso Aiyejina - Professor Emeritus, Department of Literary, Cultural & Communication Studies;Jennifer Joseph - University & Campus Librarian; Professor Samuel Ramsewak - Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences and Professor Brian Copeland, Dean - Faculty of Engineering.

The Campus Principal held a farewell and celebratory function for outgoing deans and senior administrative staff. The Campus Bursar and Deans Simms, Aiyejina, (who demitted the Dean’s office since last August) Ramsewak and Copeland are outgoing; new Deans took office from 1 August. For more on the new deans Click Here.

Meanwhile, here are brief overviews of those senior members of staff demitting office:

Joy Patricia Harrison is a Jamaican national who held the position of Campus Bursar for two years. She is however, no stranger to The University of the West Indies, having spent 18 years at the Vice Chancellery (Office of Finance) at the Mona Campus, three years of which were in the position of Deputy Chief Financial Officer. She is a fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica.

Errol Simms held the office of Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences for a three-year term from 1 August 2012. Simms is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and International Business in the Department of Management Studies, The UWI, St. Augustine. Prior to academia, he worked in theprivate sector in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in senior managerial and marketing positions.

Professor Funso Aiyejina is a Nigerian poet, short story writer, playwright and the former Dean of Humanities and Education (until August 2014). His collection of short fiction, The Legend of the Rockhills and Other Stories, won the 2000 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Best First Book (Africa). He taught for more than a decade at Obafemi Awolowo University, and since 1990 at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago. Aiyejina was appointed Professor Emeritus, Department of Literary, Cultural & Communication Studies in February 2015.

Professor Samuel Ramsawak held the office of Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences since 2007. He led the Faculty’s 25th anniversary celebration in April this year. Ramsawak started his long and storied career at a doctor at Mt Hope Maternity in 1984. In 1991 he joined the Faculty and from the position of Senior Lecturer he was appointed to Professor in 2001. He subsequently became Head of the Department of Surgical Sciences; held two terms as Head of Department; Deputy Dean and then Dean in 2007.

Professor Brian Copeland joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1981 and held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 2007. Among the many distinctions of his professional career, he was a joint recipient, along with the G-Pan team, of a Chaconia Medal Gold – one of Trinidad and Tobago’s highest national awards. He has also received the UWI Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award (November 2002) and the BP/AMOCO Fellowship Award for Senior Academic Staff at The UWI (January 2001).

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