Remembering a Vice Chancellor: Sir Roy Marshall

The University Archives joins the UWI community in remembering the life and work of Sir Roy Marshall, UWI Vice Chancellor, 1969-1974, who passed away at the age of  94 in Barbados recently.

Official protrait of Professor Sir Roy Marshall, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, 1969-1974

Professor Sir Roy Marshall, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, 1969-1974

Professor Sir Roy Marshall was born in Barbados in 1920. He received a BA degree in Law with First Class Honours, an MA in 1948 followed by a PhD in that same year from London. He taught Law at the University of London, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Ife. He authored numerous Law textbooks and articles.

His career in university administration was outstanding. Besides being Vice Chancellor of The UWI, he was Secretary General of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals of United Kingdom universities (1974-1979) and Vice Chancellor of the University of Hull from 1979 to 1985.

Sir Roy served as High Commissioner for Barbados in London from 1989 to 1991, as well as Constitutional Advisor to the Government during its Independence talks with the United Kingdom in 1966.  He played a significant role in the country’s Law revisions.  His public service awareness included the sphere of human rights, as evinced by his Chairing of the Yorkshire Committee of the Race Relations Board and an all-party body called Equal Rights. He was also a member of the Police Complaints Board.

Apart from his outstanding service to Caribbean education through his leadership of The UWI during its restive transition moments, he was, at the Commonwealth level, Chair of a Committee on Commonwealth Legal Cooperation in 1975, and Chair of the Standing Committee on Commonwealth Student Mobility and Higher Education Cooperation from 1982 to 1984.

Sir Roy’s contribution to the administrative structure of the University is one of his important legacies. He emphasised the need for the appointment of a number of Pro Vice Chancellors, who would have University-wide responsibilities in several areas including finance and fund raising, academic development, relations with other higher education and tertiary level institutions, physical planning and so on. His rationale: to strengthen inter-campus relations and advance the regionality of the University.  In 1976 he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from The University and in 2006, The UWI Cave Hill Campus Teaching Complex was renamed the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex in his honour

We feature, from our records, Sir Roy’s  delivering his address to the new Chancellor of The UWI, Sir Hugh Wooding, in 1971, the Citation presented to Sir Roy at the occasion of the conferring of the Honorary Doctor of Laws and some photographs of the Vice Chancellor Emeritus at work

Citation presented to Sir Roy Marshall, LLD (Hons)

Citation presented to Sir Roy Marshall, LLD (Hons)

Citation presented to Sir Roy Marshall, LLD (Hons)

Citation presented to Sir Roy Marshall, LLD (Hons)

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