70th Anniversary Logo Design Competition Rules and Guidelines


Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus serving 17 countries and territories across the region. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences.

In 2018, the regional institution celebrates its 70th anniversary and commitment to enhancing every aspect of Caribbean development and improving the well-being of the people of the Caribbean. To this end, The UWI is hosting a commemorative logo design Competition open to all members of The UWI community to produce a logo that captures the essence of this celebration of 70 years of service and leadership in our community.


This Competition aims to challenge interested creatives to design a special logo in commemoration of The UWI’s 70th Anniversary, for use throughout 2017 and 2018 to promote the year of anniversary celebrations. It should be noted that this commemorative logo is not meant to replace The UWI’s coat of arms or wordmark (The University of the West Indies). The chosen logo design will be used in signages, collaterals, website, merchandise, University communication and other applications and should complement The UWI logo

The Competition also aims to engage the University community and be a platform upon which the creative talents of the University can be showcased.


The Competition is open to all students, staff and alumni of any of The UWI’s four campuses. Interested staff and students must be enrolled or employed at The UWI during the period of the Competition and alumni names will be cross-checked in our student databases.


The UWI’s 70th anniversary logo must consist of the following distinct graphic elements:

  • The University of the West Indies name in its abbreviated format: The UWI.

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

  • The period of the University’s existence (1948-2018),
  • The graphic treatment of the number “70”,
  • The typographic treatment of the words “seventieth anniversary”.

Please also note that your design should complement The UWI Coat of Arms when placed alongside it; however the Coat of Arms should not be reproduced nor manipulated in any way to be incorporated into your design.

Guidelines for use of The University of the West Indies Coat of Arms

The submission should contain:

  • A single image file including a colour version of logo on a white background in either .jpg, .png or .tif format, placed in an 8×11 or letter-size format with a resolution of 300 dpi.
  • A single multi-page pdf set for high resolution, containing the following in this order:

Page 1: Short biographic information of designer as well as contact information

Page 2: Summary description or explanation of logo symbolism, designer’s concept and intent


  • All Entries must comply with the specifications stated above and must be submitted by email to: Mrs Lesia Sawyers at lesia.sawyers@uwimona.edu.jm 
  • The email subject line should read:

    70th Anniversary Logo Design Competition’.

  • The Competition begins on Tuesday 1 August 2017 and the deadline for submission of Entries is on Thursday August 31, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Caribbean time.

Jury Composition, Selection of Finalists and Awarding of Winner

  • The University Office of Administration will select a diverse panel to review the Entries and select a winner. Shortlisted Entries and a subsequent winner will be announced. Please note that the biographies of the designers will not be available to the panelists.
  • The winning designer will be awarded USD 1070.00.


The submission of an Entry constitutes the designer’s full and unconditional agreement with these Official Rules and Guidelines and any laws governing intellectual property rights. By entering the Competition, the designer is representing and warranting that he/she has read and understood, and agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and Guidelines which constitute the entire agreement between the designer and The UWI in relation to the Competition.  

Intellectual Property

All submitted Entries must be original and not based on any pre-existing design.

By entering this Competition the designer guarantees that his/her Entry is original. By entering this Competition, the designer grants a licence to The UWI and its entities to use his/her Entry for promotion of the Competition. Except for this licence, each designer retains all other rights including intellectual property rights in his/her Entry.

The winner of the Competition must assign all rights including intellectual property rights in his/her Entry to The UWI upon being notified that he/she has won.  Failure to do so, will result in the selection of another winner. 

Representations and Warranties

By entering the Competition, the designer warrants and represents in connection with the Entry submitted that: (a) he/she is the sole and exclusive owner of (and free of any adverse claim by any person, firm, or corporation) all intellectual property rights in and to the Entry; (b) the Entry is original and the use of the Entry as described in these Official Rules and Guidelines will not infringe the proprietary rights, including without limitation the intellectual property rights, of any third party; (c) the use of the Entry, as described in these Official Rules and Guidelines, will be in compliance with any third-party licences pertaining to the Entry; (d) the Entry is not obscene or libellous, and does not violate any rights of any third party, including but not limited to rights of privacy or publicity; (e) the Entry does not contain any virus, spyware, malware, trap door, worm, or any other device, mechanism or code that is injurious or damaging to software or hardware used in conjunction with the Entry; (f) the Entry and its use as described in these Official Rules and Guidelines will not violate any national or local laws or ordinances; (g) no employer or educational or other establishment has any rights in the Entry; (h) the Entry is consistent with these Official Rules and Guidelines and subscribes to the stated specifications; and

(i) he/she has the right to grant the licence to use and to assign the Entry to The UWI as required in these Official Rules and Guidelines.

Indemnity, Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability

By entering the Competition, the designer agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and Guidelines, including all eligibility requirements and that The UWI is not responsible, and will in no event be held liable, for any lost, late, illegible, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, or corrupted Entries.

The UWI reserves the right to disqualify any unauthorised Entries.

For inquiries contact: Mrs Lesia Sawyers at lesia.sawyers@uwimona.edu.jm