University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

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The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus
MottoOriens Ex Occidente Lux (Latin)
Motto in English
A Light Rising From The West
TypeCampus of a regional university, public, autonomous
ChancellorMr. Robert Bermudez
Vice-ChancellorSir Hilary Beckles
Principal V. Eudine Barriteau
CampusCave Hill, Barbados
98.12 acres (39.71 ha)
AffiliationsAssociation of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
Caribbean Community
Association of Atlantic Universities[2]
MascotThe Pelican
WebsiteUWI Cave Hill

University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus is one of three physical campuses of the University of the West Indies. It was the third campus to be established, following the Mona campus in Jamaica and the St. Augustine campus in Trinidad and Tobago. The Cave Hill campus is also the headquarters of the Open Campus, which is responsible for UWI programmes in the non-campus territories. The Cave Hill Campus has 5 faculties which teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and conduct research across a range of disciplines. Codrington College, the oldest educational institution in the Caribbean, is affiliated with Cave Hill, while the School of Education works with Erdiston Teachers' Training College to provide pre-service and in-service training to teachers in Barbados and other parts of the Caribbean. Since 2004, the Cave Hill campus is the site of the West Indies Federal Archives Centre.

Dormitories at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.


The university was founded in 1948, on the recommendation of the Asquith Commission[3] through its sub-committee on the West Indies chaired by Sir James Irvine.[4] The Asquith Commission had been established in 1943 to review the provision of higher education in the British colonies. Initially in a special relationship with the University of London, the then University College of the West Indies (UCWI) was seated at Mona, about five miles from Kingston, Jamaica.

The University College achieved independent university status in 1962. The St Augustine Campus in Trinidad, formerly the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (ICTA), was established in 1960.

Sir Arthur Lewis, then Vice-Chancellor of the independent UWI, wanted to expand the university beyond Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago to serve the "little eight" - the eastern Caribbean islands.[5] The "little eight" comprised Grenada, Dominica, St. Kitts, and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Montserrat. These islands, smaller than either Jamaica or Trinidad and Tobago, had been members of the West Indies Federation but upon its dissolution, were isolated and in need of regional support. A proposal was developed and submitted in February 1963 to the University Council for a campus in Barbados.[5] It was approved and was initially housed in a site near the Bridgetown Harbour. The Campus opened just over half a year later with 118 students.[6] It subsequently moved to Cave Hill, its present location, in 1967.[7] Initially, it was called the College of Arts and Sciences [8] and received significant support from the Government of Barbados in the form of free university education for its citizens.[9]

Enrolment, Graduation and Research Data[edit]

According to the 2015/2016 Cave Hill Campus Annual Report to Council, on 29 November 2016, there were 5,507 students on the Cave Hill Campus. This represented a 9% decline from the previous year, largely due to a change in policy by the Government of Barbados resulting in students having to pay university tuition fees. Previously, Barbadian students only had to pay limited charges. The Faculty of Social Studies had the largest enrolment, followed by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medical Sciences and finally the Faculty of Humanities and Education. Graduate studies comprised 703 students.

In the 2015/16 academic year, 1,216 undergraduate degrees were awarded along with 473 postgraduate credentials (including doctorates, masters and advanced diplomas) for a grand total of 1,689 awards.

During the 2015/16 academic year, BD$268,402.79 was awarded by the Campus to postgraduate students for conference attendance and research. In the same year, BD$316,974 was provided to faculty members for research and attending conferences. Cave Hill faculty members published eleven books, 42 book chapters, thirty technical reports and 137 journal articles during this time.


The original, temporary campus, then known as the College of Arts and Science, was located at the Trade Fair site, at the Deep Water Harbour.[10] The permanent campus was established in Cave Hill (from which the campus takes its name), St. Michael, with the foundation stone laid on 26 January 1966.[10] The campus was designed by Captain William Tomlin and consists of a total of 39.7 ha. 17 ha overlooks the city of Bridgetown while a further 13 ha of adjacent land is situated with a view of the Caribbean Sea.[11]

The campus has two other off-campus sites in progress. One is the Dukes Lands in the parish of St. Thomas.[12][13] Activities at the Dukes Lands include training in various areas of agro-business, such as producing leather goods and manufacturing chocolate, research and support for entrepreneurial initiatives.

A second is an incubator for digital entrepreneurship in Bridgetown.[14] It occupies the Mutual Building, the former headquarters of Sagicor Financial Corporation, from which UWI leased the building.[15]


  • Humanities and Education
  • Law
  • Medical Sciences
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Sciences

Faculty of Humanities and Education[edit]


  • School of Education
  • Department of History and Philosophy
  • Department of Language, Linguistics & Literature
  • Graduate Programme in Cultural Studies

Specialised Units & Centres[edit]

  • Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination
  • Centre for Caribbean Lexicography
  • Language Learning Centre

Affiliated Centres[edit]

Faculty of Law[edit]

Specialised Units & Centres[edit]

  • Caribbean Law Institute Centre (CLIC)

Faculty of Medical Sciences[edit]

Specialised Units & Centres[edit]

  • George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre

Faculty of Science and Technology[edit]


  • Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences
  • Department of Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics

Specialised Units & Centres[edit]

  • Centre for Resource Management & Environmental Studies (CERMES)

Affiliated Centres[edit]

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]


  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work & Psychology
  • Department of Management Studies

Academic Units & Centres[edit]

  • Shridath Ramphal Centre - International Trade Law, Policy and Services
  • CLR James Cricket Research Centre

Affiliated Research Units & Centres[edit]

  • Institute for Gender and Development Studies - Nita Barrow Unit
  • Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies (SALISES)
  • Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management

Student Life[edit]

The Cave Hill Academy of Sport, now a unit of the new Faculty of Sport, provides a range of sporting activities for participants, nicknamed the UWI Blackbirds.

One popular artistic student group is the Cavite Chorale.

Campus Principals and Pro Vice-Chancellors[edit]

  • Mr Leslie R.B. Robinson, Founding Principal of the College of Arts and Science
  • Sir Sidney Lancelot Martin (1964 - 1983)
  • Sir Woodville Marshall
  • Sir Keith Hunte (1983 - 2002)
  • Sir Hilary Beckles (2002 - 2015), currently UWI vice-chancellor
  • Eudine Barriteau (2015 -

Notable Alumni[edit]

Prime Minister Timothy Harris studied at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus
Prime Minister Keith Mitchell studied at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Statistics 2017/2018" (PDF). About Us: Cave Hill Campus Reports. University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ "About AAU". Association of Atlantic Universities. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Report of the West Indies Committee of the Commission on Higher Education in the Colonies, Presented by the Secretary of State for the Colonies to Parliament by Command of His Majesty June 1945. London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office
  5. ^ a b "Green", Paula Patricia. "The Impact of Internationalization on the Regionalization of Higher Education in the English Speaking Caribbean: A Case Study of the University of the West Indies" (PDF). TSpace. University of Toronto. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  6. ^ "About us: history". The University of the West Indies. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Historical Developments of Education in Barbados 1686 - 2000". Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture Barbados. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Education in Barbados Information Handbook". Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture Barbados. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  9. ^ Hoyos, Sir Alexander (1978). Barbados: A History from the Amerindians to Independence. London: Macmillan Publishers Ltd. pp. 236–237. ISBN 0333238192.
  10. ^ a b Fraser, Henry; Carrington, Sean; Forde, Addinton; Gilmore, John (1990). A-Z of Barbadian Heritage. Kingston, Jamaica: Heinemann Publishers (Caribbean). pp. 42–43. ISBN 976-605-099-6.
  11. ^ "About us: About Cave Hill". The University of the West Indies. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  12. ^ Beckles, Hilary. "Vice-Chancellor's Report to University Council 2016/2017" (PDF). University of the West Indies. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  13. ^ "UWI looking forward to agro-business project at Dukes". LOOP News. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Academia in Action. The UWI at 70: The Next Phase" (PDF). Times Higher Education. University of the West Indies. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  15. ^ "UWI heads downtown for new tech park". LOOP News. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2019.

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Coordinates: 13°08′02″N 59°37′48″W / 13.134013°N 59.630088°W / 13.134013; -59.630088