Monday 26 October, 2020

UWI in Trinidad removes amenities fee, expands payment plan

Photo via UWI/Facebook.

Photo via UWI/Facebook.

The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine campus said it has removed a TT$500 (BBD $149.02) amenities fee and has introduced an expanded payment plan to help students during the pandemic.

In a statement issued September 1, the UWI said Professor Brian Copeland, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal at the campus based in Trinidad and Tobago, announced the commitment to help UWI St Augustine students navigate the current reality in an internal note to all students on September 1.

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These commitments include the removal of the TTD$500 Student Amenities Fee for this academic year as well as an expanded Student Payment Plan. The expanded plan will allow students of all countries (not just UWI’s contributing territories) to pay tuition fees in three instalments.

The UWI said the decisions came out of a series of virtual student engagements last week, which included a meeting with the Guild of Students on August 23 and town hall meetings with Regional, International, and Exchange students on August 24, and another with all students on August 27.

The Campus Principal used the opportunity to thank all students for their efforts and patience as the institution prepares for the semester ahead.

The Campus also pledged support in the following ways:

  • Students currently residing on Halls of Residence will continue to be accommodated.
  • Laptops and Tablets continue to be available on loan from the Campus.
  • Library Access is available via its virtual and drop-off service to support students’ education and research needs.
  • Repatriation support is available for non-national UWI students currently in T&T seeking repatriation, as well as nationals abroad seeking to return.
  • Virtual health and wellness support available through the Campus’ Health Services Unit (HSU) and Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS). The Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC) will also launch online wellness sessions.
  • Teaching staff will make recording of lectures available to students while teaching and assessment continue in the virtual mode.
  • Relaxation of the 75% Attendance Record regulation, given the prevailing circumstances.
  • Continuation of Clinicals for Medical Sciences students, through support from the Ministry of Health. The Campus Principal added, “A policy will come into effect to guide this process soon and using our network across the region, we will leverage clinical opportunities for students outside of T&T at this time.”

Additionally, the communique stated that teaching will now begin on Monday, September 14, a one-week adjustment from the initial start date of September 7, to allow for a smooth transition for all new and continuing students.

Currently, online course registration is underway for all new and continuing students.

All registration information is available on the Campus website at https://sta.uwi.edu/registration/.

For students who may have missed the virtual sessions, recordings of both virtual town halls are available on UWI St Augustine’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/uwistaugustine

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