The Board for Graduate Studies and Research was established in 1996 on the recommendation of The 1994 UWI Chancellor’s Commission on Governance. The School for Graduate Studies and Research is the operational arm of the Board, and consists of an Office of Graduate Studies, an Office of Research, and extends to a Director’s Office, or its equivalent, on each Campus.

The Board for Graduate Studies and Research derives its authority from Statute 30 of The UWI Statutes and Ordinances, which speaks to the composition and powers of the Board; and from Ordinance 29, which speaks to the responsibilities of the Board.


The School was established in August 1996 in response to the need in the region for higher level advanced education, and the increasing emphasis that The UWI is placing upon graduate education and research as the defining strength of its academic portfolio. Without underestimating the importance of a strong undergraduate foundation, it is recognised that for developing countries to advance beyond the stage of  “developing”, education at the highest professional and academic levels, rooted in national, regional and international aspirations and standards, must not only be strengthened but must flourish. The ability to engage in fundamental as well as applied research, to ask critical questions and to seek novel, contextually appropriate yet universally applicable solutions, is an integral part of this process. The School for Graduate Studies & Research, therefore is mandated to set the broad policy framework and to monitor the implementation of these policies, aimed at fostering the development of internationally competitive but nationally and regionally pertinent research and graduate programmes. The School is now headed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Studies and Research), at present Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee.

Office of Graduate Studies

The Office of Graduate Studies is primarily responsible for ensuring that the quality of the graduate programmes meets international standards whilst remaining relevant to national and regional needs, enhancing the profile of The UWI as a research university offering exceptional graduate programmes in areas most relevant to the Caribbean context. Read More >>>

Office of Research

The Office of Research is primarily responsible for developing research capacity and output at The UWI and guiding the University’s research agenda to increase its impact on regional development and to advance disciplinary knowledge internationally. Read More >>> 

Campus Offices 

The University currently has five campuses serving the Caribbean region and beyond - Cave Hill, in Barbados, Five Islands, in Antigua & Barbuda, Mona in Jamaica, the Open Campus and St. Augustine campus in Trinidad and Tobago. Each Campus Office under the direction of the Campus Registrar and the School for Graduate Studies and Research, with the exception of the Five Islands campus, has responsibility for the administration of all graduate programmes in terms of admissions, registration, award of scholarships, examinations and graduation.