ON THE ROAD: Roots of that Royal Charter!

Here’s an interesting read on the History of UWI’s administration and records.

UWI Museum

by Suzanne Francis-Brown, UWI Museum Curator

One of my bucket list items this past few weeks was tracking early documents relating to the UWI’s lost Charter – the first Royal Charter, granted in 1949 and lost in a plane crash en route to the founding Mona campus in Jamaica. Some of those documents are on deposit at the UK National Archives, and they include  explanations of why a Royal Charter was considered the best option as the nascent university developed its governance and administrative structures.

The UCWI eventually applied for the Charter in the second half of 1948, the same time it was taking in its first students – 33 young men and women from across the Caribbean, studying in the founding Faculty of Medicine. But the arguments in favour were set out a year earlier in a letter from G.F. Seel of the Colonial Office to Sir Eric Leadbitter…

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