The University of the West Indies and University of Leicester International Summer School

The Summer School is an annual week-long intensive programme aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers from the Caribbean and the UK with an interest in global studies and a background in any discipline across the arts, humanities and social sciences, and will be delivered by academic staff from both participating institutions. This year's Summer School will take place at the University of Leicester.

This year's theme: 'Global Health and Environments'

Why join the UWI/UL International Summer School?

uni of leicester campus
  • Gain an opportunity to network with postgraduate students and early career students from the Caribbean and the UK
  • Develop your knowledge of and interest in global studies through participation in academic seminars and interactive lectures
  • Enhance your CV by attending professional development workshops
  • Experience the University of Leicester's dynamic research culture and gain access to its facilities

Summer School aims

  • Provide postgraduate students and early career researchers from the Caribbean and the UK with opportunities for both intellectual and professional development
  • Create international networking opportunities and a study abroad experience for participants
  • Enhance your awareness of the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary research
  • Give you insight into current high profile collaborative research projects led by UL academics

Course contents

uwi campus
  • Academic seminars and lectures relating to this year's theme of 'global health and environments'
  • Professional development workshops on topics such as getting published, teaching in HE, international collaboration and research impact
  • Contributions from established UWI and UL-based scholars in literary and cultural studies, history, geography and psychology
  • Field trips to the King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester and a nearby country house

Download a printable copy of the draft programme (PDF, 87kb)

Download the brochure (PDF, 1.8mb)


Monday 24 to Friday 28 June 2019


  • £740 per person for Caribbean-based participants (includes accommodation). Funding is available for this programme from the UWI for UWI students.
  • £200 per person for UK-based participants (non-residential). This fee already incorporates a University of Leicester subsidy.

Entry requirements

Participants should be postgraduate students or early career researchers in any discipline across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Applications and information

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2019Apply now using our online form.

For more information about the Summer School, please contact Dr Lucy Evans.

Key facts

What’s included in your fee

  • Tuition fees for all classes
  • Transport costs for field trips
  • Self-catered en-suite accommodation for UWI students (See 'Accommodation' below for more information)
  • All study materials
  • A certificate of attendance
  • Lunch from Monday to Friday, and one evening meal
  • Access to University of Leicester facilities, such as the award winning library
  • Free Wi-fi access will also be available.

What’s not included

  • Meals and beverages, unless specified in the timetable
  • Flight costs for Caribbean-based participants and travel costs for UK-based participants
  • Visa costs
  • Medical and travel insurance

Accommodation for Caribbean-based participants

Caribbean-based participants will stay in self-catered university accommodation (bills inclusive) utilising the University of Leicester's single study bedrooms which comprise a private bathroom and sleeping area. Kitchen facilities will be shared.


The University of Leicester

University of Leicester students

Established in 1921 and granted its royal charter in 1957, the University of Leicester is ranked among the top 30 universities in the UK by the Complete University Guide and the top 200 in the world by the Times Higher Education newspaper. It gained worldwide recognition for pioneering work in establishing genetic fingerprinting in 1986 and for the recent discovery and identification of the remains of King Richard III.

The University is situated on an attractive campus, just twenty minutes’ walk from the city centre and has a range of excellent facilities and services which are available to participants of the UWI/UL International Summer School.

The city of Leicester

Leicester is one of the most lively and diverse cities in the UK, known for its multi-cultural society and friendly and safe atmosphere. Situated in the centre of England, Leicester is well connected by road, rail and air and is only just over an hour by train from London.

As well as a wide range of modern shopping and leisure facilities, Leicester has a rich history dating back 2000 years and hosts a wide array of cultural events and is also a renowned sporting city with Leicester City winning the English Premier League title in 2016 and Leicester Tigers holding the record for English Premiership titles in rugby union.

Find out more about our vibrant city via the official Visit Leicester website.

The University of the West Indies

Students at UWI St Augustine campusEstablished in 1948, the UWI is the largest and longest standing higher-education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean. An innovative, internationally competitive, contemporary university deeply rooted in the Caribbean, the UWI has expanded to four campuses: Cave Hill in Barbados, Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. As the number one Caribbean university, the UWI is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence in research, knowledge creation and innovation on matters related to the Caribbean and small island states.