College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

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

The 2023 Summer School will take place at the University of Leicester and will be hosted by the School of Criminology, on 5-10 June 2023.

Crime, (In)Justice, Human Rights

Staff at the University of West Indies 

Why join the UWI/UL International Summer School?

  • 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 integrated professional development workshops
  • Experience the University of Leicester’s dynamic research culture in the arts, humanities and social sciences, 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 and UWI academics

Course contents

Aerial view over Kingston
  • Academic seminars and lectures relating to this year's theme of Crime, (In)Justice, Human Rights. These will cover topics such as crime and culture, histories and legacies, security, surveillance, the police and the state, human rights, gender and sexualities, reproductive rights, the environment and race.
  • Professionalisation workshops
  • Contributions from established UWI and UL-based scholars working in various disciplines across the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • Two regional field trips

Dates and Location

5-10 June 2023, University of Leicester


  • Fee without accommodation: £250 per person
  • Fee including accommodation: £525 per person

Scholarships may be available for University of Leicester and University of the West Indies students. Please contact the organisers for further information.

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 Monday 6 March 2023. You can apply online. To find out more, please contact

What’s included in your fee

  • Tuition fees for all classes
  • Transport costs for field trips
  • A room at College Court including breakfast for those who have opted to pay the fee that includes accommodation
  • All study materials
  • A certificate of attendance
  • Lunch from Monday to Friday, and one evening meal
  • Access to University of Leicester facilities

What’s not included

  • Meals and beverages, unless specified in the timetable
  • Flight costs 
  • Visa costs
  • Medical and travel insurance


Leicester will be home this year’s summer school, which will be hosted by the School of Criminology, University of Leicester.

Leicester city cathedralThe 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. Leicester 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.

The University of Leicester

Students sat on a blanket in Victoria Park in LeicesterEstablished 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.

School of Criminology

Large letters spelling out Leicester 2021 amongst people holding them

The School of Criminology was established in 1987 and sits within the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. Leicester is one of the very few universities in the country which is dedicated to teaching and researching criminology, particularly which benefits local, regional, national and international communities.

The University of the West Indies

Students walking outside the University of West IndiesEstablished 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 five campuses: Cave Hill in Barbados, Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, the Open Campus, and the Five Islands campus in Antigua and Barbuda. 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.

Comments from participants who attended the 2019 UWI/UL International Summer School

Participants at the University of West indies

Denise Springer, PhD Researcher at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

‘I found the first UWI/UOL summer school last year informative, engaging and exciting. I was introduced to new discussions and current research which inspired my own research. The focus on collaborative projects encouraged me to search for partnerships in research not just in my own field but also across disciplines and borders. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and I am looking forward to attending the next one.’

Queenela Cameron, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Guyana

‘UWI/UL Summer School 2019 was an amazing experience! The meeting of students and academics from a wide cross section of disciplines and perspectives made the presentations and discussions on the theme a truly enriching encounter. Friendships were formed, cultures learned, significant places explored, and there’s a yearning for a repeat of this experience, albeit in the beautiful Caribbean. I eagerly await UWI/UL Summer School 2020...’

Thomas Lockwood-Moran, PhD Researcher at Nottingham Trent University, UK

'I gained invaluable knowledge and professional connections and discovered illuminating interdisciplinary crossovers within Caribbean studies. I found the coming-together of many differing scholars, from both the UK and throughout the Caribbean, an exceptional academic experience. The whole week facilitated a unique opportunity to exchange a wealth of diverse expertise, surrounding Caribbean studies, both within the classroom as well as in the opportunities to socialise with attendees and speakers.'

Kelsi Delaney, PhD Researcher at the University of Leicester, UK

‘The UWI/UoL Summer School provided a great opportunity to exchange knowledge with both academics and peers, and to situate myself within a global research culture. Taught sessions were well prepared and informative and fed into my thesis research. I also found it beneficial to collaboratively learn alongside peers from UWI, which facilitated a depth of communication that cannot easily be found in a conference environment. I would recommend the Summer School to any postgraduate student interested in Caribbean Studies, there are few programmes like this offered by UK universities.’

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