The University Archives & Records Management Advisory Committee (UARMAC) met recently at the UWI St Augustine Campus in Trinidad. UARMAC is a cross-campus Committee (UARMAC) which deliberates on policy and all matters relating to the effective management of university records and archives across the four campuses of the UWI. UARMAC had its genesis in 1988, when a consultant was engaged to conduct a survey on the state of record keeping at the University and to make recommendations. In preparation for his visit, records committees were established at all three campuses to gather information on existing policies and practices and to work with the Consultant when he visited the particular campus. Among the recommendations of his report was that an archivist and records managers be appointed.
After the Archivist was appointed, the campus records committees were disbanded and a cross-campus University Archives and Records Management Committee (UARMAC) was appointed. In September 1993, the Committee endorsed a comprehensive position paper on the principles, policies, procedures, plans and priorities of the Programme and this was approved by the Finance and General Purposes Committee on behalf of the University Council in January, 1994. In 2012, the Finance and General Purposes Committee approved the revised University Archives and Records Management Policy.
The UARMAC continues to be relevant to the management of records and archives at the UWI. At the October meeting matters such as the treatment of confidential records and access to archival records inter alia were considered and deliberated.
This meeting was further significant as the Chair of UARMAC, Dr Kusha Haraksingh, formerly Dean of the Faculty of Law, St Augustine Campus, presided over his last meeting on his last official work day prior entering retirement. Dr Haraksingh was thanked by the University Registrar, Mr William Iton, for his chairmanship over the last four years during which several landmark decisions and policies were made, including the approval of the University Archives and Records Management Policy.
On behalf of the Members, Mrs Sharon Alexander-Gooding, Campus Records Manager–Cave Hill, presented a small token and photographic memento to him in appreciation for his leadership of the Committee.