On October 1, 2016, Professor Densil A. Williams assumed the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor, Planning in the University Office of Planning and Development. The Office was renamed the University Office of Planning (UOP) as the “Development” function was relocated to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor in October 2016.
The new Pro Vice-Chancellor re-organised the work
of the office under four non-mutually exclusive portfolios: Strategic Planning; Business Intelligence and Institutional Research; Academic/Industry Partnership and Business Process Reengineering and Project Management.
Unit Heads were appointed for the different portfolios in order to better assist the Pro Vice-Chancellor in managing the workload of the office. Dr. John Gedeon, who had transferred to the International Office returned to the University Office of Planning. Further, Mr. Leighton Duncan was seconded from Mona School of Business and Management to the UOP team to assist with Information systems and project management needs in the office.
In the period under review, development of the 2017–2022 Strategic Plan was a significant activity for the UOP. Following the Vice-Chancellor's extensive engagement with internal and external stakeholders, the formal planning began in September 2016. This entailed a number of retreats at the executive level, engagements with staff and faculty from all campuses and units within The UWI, and culminated with a presentation of the draft strategic plan to the Annual Business Session of the University Council on April 27, 2017.
Despite the heavy focus on developing the Strategic Plan over the reporting period, UOP also made significant progress in the other areas of responsibility. The list below indicates concept papers, research notes, proposals and other activities undertaken by the UOP team.