UWI Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles
Press Release
March 29, 2022
UWI Vice-Chancellor condemns ‘leaked report’ on internal review

THE UNIVERSITY of the West Indies says it is deeply concerned about a leaked report pertaining to an inquiry by an independent review committee within the University to examine aspects of its human resource framework.

The Final Report was submitted to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Hilary Beckles on March 17, 2022 under strict security protocols, The UWI said in a release. The Vice-Chancellor has not yet seen the report as he has been traveling; nor have members of the University’s executive management team as his instruction was that the document be quarantined until his return to office.

On reading the article carried in the Sunday Gleaner, dated Sunday March 27, 2022, he expressed his disappointment and disgust at the reprehensible leak of a confidential document. Professor Beckles indicated that Chair of the independent HR Review Committee, Milton Samuda and he, had both gone to great lengths to preserve the integrity and confidentiality of the reporting process.

The Vice-Chancellor further stated that he assured many principal stakeholders of the University that the report, contrary to speculative media stories, was intended to give advice to management on how to strengthen industrial relations procedures.

The Vice-Chancellor concluded that the University will have to review its internal processes to ensure that its confidential deliberations are not leaked.