It’s been a challenging time, but Pro Vice-Chancellor and outgoing St Augustine Campus Principal, University of the West Indies (UWI) Brian Copeland has assured that preparations are ongoing for the full return of physical classes in September.
But first, he announced, that all members of staff will return for face-to-face work from June 6.
In a GML report, Copeland said: “We have been through a lot together since March 2020 and we could not have arrived at this point without your absolute support. Our sustained operations as a campus would not have been assured were it not for some colleagues who remained physically on-site to ensure that our premises remained safe, operational, and secure. We owe them a great debt of thanks. This has been a challenging time for all of us.”
However, Copeland said UWI must prepare to resume face-to-face teaching in September.
“As a result, all members of staff will be required to return to full-time, face-to-face operations on Monday, June 6, 2022, to further support our preparation efforts and ensure that our students and other stakeholders receive high-quality in-person service,” he advised.
The UWI Student Guild has not officially been informed of the return of face-to-face operations but the student body is said to be waiting to see what the campus administration will say about the full reopening of the campus.
The Guild hopes some of the online elements of learning will be retained although the worst of the pandemic is over.