The graduate studies and research portfolios were fully merged in 2016, and the School for Graduate Studies and Research completed 78% of the 2012– 2017 Strategic Plan objectives. Some important objectives, including the Graduate GPA Policy, the Progress Tracker system, The UWI research/researcher database and continued operationalisation of the research clusters, have been adopted into the 2017– 2022 work plan.
Teaching, Learning and Student Development
The Board approved 20 new graduate programmes, including the MEd Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment, MSc Data Science and MPhil/PhD Biomedical Engineering, while 24 programmes were revised, renewed or restructured.
Graduate Student Registration
Enrolment in graduate programmes declined by 4% to 9,870, largely due to a significant 36% decline for the Cave Hill Campus. The Open and Mona campuses experienced increases of 13% and 4%, respectively, with the online Management programmes and the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership programmes continuing to be among the more sought after offerings in the Open Campus.
A 37% increase in the UWI Graduate Scholarships budget to BDS$1,926,835 allowed for 36 three-
year awards to research students across the three residential campuses. An additional scholarship was also granted for a student registered for the EdD programme in the Open Campus.
Funding and support continued for the four scholarships awarded under the UWI12+2 scholarship scheme to PhD students from St. Lucia, the Bahamas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the British Virgin Islands.
One student was awarded a CCRIF Scholarship, valued at US$11,000, to pursue studies at the Mona Campus. Under two agreements signed between The UWI and the OAS, 18 scholarships valued at US$7,000 each, were awarded to students from OAS Member States registered for select graduate degree programmes at all campuses.
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) scholarship, tenable at The UWI to citizens
of low/middle income Commonwealth countries, was awarded to a candidate from Kenya who will be pursuing the MSc in Statistics at the St. Augustine Campus. The first two ACU scholars both completed their Masters programmes with distinction.
Capacity Development Workshops/Seminars
The Campus Coordinators, Graduate Studies and Research, continued to undertake various initiatives and developmental activities including workshops
on such topics as data analysis, the supervisor- student relationship from the student's perspective, understanding the Graduate Regulations, thesis writing and submission, and intellectual property. Training sessions were also held for academic staff to address topics including plagiarism and the use of the Turnitin software.
The Quality Assurance Unit organised and coordinated twelve disciplinary reviews during the 2016/2017 academic year. These included reviews of research and taught graduate programmes in those disciplines/ departments in which these programmes are offered. The newly-operationalised Quality Assurance Review Follow-Up Committee for Centre-funded Entities received Implementation Update reports from the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) and the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS).
International Operational Processes
Director, Graduate Studies and Research
The Pro Vice-Chancellor, Graduate Studies and Research, continued to lead discussions with the campuses in relation to the repositioning of the
post of Campus Coordinator, Graduate Studies and Research. There was success on the Mona Campus, with the appointment of a Director, Graduate Studies and Research (Professor Eldemire-Shearer). The
Cave Hill and Open campuses were accepting of the proposal, and discussions were ongoing with the St. Augustine Campus.