College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

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

The 2022 Summer School will take place at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, on 23-27 May

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 the West Indies, Mona Campus.

This year's theme: 'Cultures and Politics of Protest'

Participants of the Summer School programme 2019

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 professional development workshops
  • Experience the University of the West Indies' 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 UWI and UL academics

Course contents

UWI campus
  • Academic seminars and lectures relating to this year's theme of 'Cultures and Politics of Protest'. These will cover topics such as film, theatre and poetry as protest; reparations as protest; mental health, power and protest; social movements and protest; spirituality as protest.
  • Professionalisation workshops
  • Contributions from established UWI and UL-based scholars working in various disciplines across the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • Field trips to the National Gallery of Jamaica and Bob Marley Museum

Dates and Location

Monday 23 to Friday 27 May, 2022, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus


  • £800 per person for UK-based participants (includes accommodation). Subsidies are available for University of Leicester postgraduate students.
  • £450 per person for Caribbean-based participants. Please contact the organisers for more information about funding for UWI postgraduate students.

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 Friday 11 February 2022. You can apply online. To find out more, please contact Mrs Bettene Ross-Lawes.

What’s included in your fee

  • Tuition fees for all classes
  • Transport costs for field trips
  • Self-catered en-suite accommodation for UK-based students
  • All study materials
  • A certificate of attendance
  • Lunch from Monday to Friday, and one evening meal
  • Access to University of the West Indies facilities

What’s not included

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


Students at UWI St Augustine campus

The University of the West Indies

Established 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.

The City of Kingston

The city of Kingston

Founded in 1692, Kingston is situated on the south-eastern coast of Jamaica. It boasts the world's 7th largest natural harbour, is home to a major international trans-shipment port, as well as the Norman Manley International Airport. It is surrounded by the Blue and John Crow Mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site. Kingston has also been designated by UNESCO as a 'Creative City' for its global contributions to music. 

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.

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

Denise Springer, PhD Researcher at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados UWI students with UoL academics

‘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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