About Us

 

History of the Office of Student Services and Development

 

Deliberations for the establishment of an office responsible for the welfare and development needs of students began in the 1970s and came to fruition at the Mona Campus on August 1, 1989 under the leadership of Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Leslie Robinson.

 

It was felt that coordinated student services administration would provide direction and ensure control and development of services for students. The University, through this centralized office, would carry out its purpose with greater effectiveness and efficiency and encourage better student morale and identification with the University.

 

Mr. Cedric Harper, Warden of Irvine Hall, assumed responsibilities as Dean of Students on August 1, 1989 and was expected to serve for three years in the two roles while the Office was established. In 1995, following his retirement, several persons acted in the position culminating in the appointment of Dr. Thelora Reynolds as Director of Student Services in 1996. The change from Dean to Director came with the rationalization of the office across all three campuses, Mona, Cave Hill and St. Augustine.

 

The University accepted the validity of a holistic approach to student development and established the Office of Student Services and Development as a part of the necessary structure to ensure that welfare functions were properly developed and delivered. The University was therefore ensuring that students meet their primary goal of acquiring education and personal development to enable them to realize their potential and make meaningful contribution in their area of expertise for the development of the community, nation, and wider society.

 The services envisaged as a part of the Office of Student Services included the following portfolio:

·         Student Accommodation (on and off campus)

·         Catering

·         Financial Aid (no longer a part of the portfolio)

·         Sports and Recreation

·         Social and Cultural

·         Careers and Placement (not included in the first proposal)

·         Counselling (never became a part of the portfolio)

 

Areas closely linked though not falling directly within it were the Health Services, Guild Activities, and the Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts.

The Office developed through several stages of improving and increasing the services and development programmes offered to students including the amalgamation of awards ceremonies; introduction of student development workshops and programmes among them Mentorship and Leadership; co-curricular credit courses; expansion of residential facilities; creation of the Commuting Students Lounge, and staff development through local and international professional organizations.

 


The aims of the Office of Student Services and Development are:

a)      To promote student success by offering a wide range of opportunities for students to develop socially, personally, & professionally as a complement to the formal academic experience. The experiences offered should, in conjunction with the academic experience,  shape the distinctive graduate: one who exemplifies the following attributes: (i) a critical and creative thinker, (ii) an effective  communicator with good interpersonal skills, (iii) IT skilled and information literate (iv) innovative and entrepreneurial (v) globally aware and well-grounded in his/her regional identity (vi) socially and culturally and environmentally responsible, (vii) and guided by strong ethical values.

b)      To retain or attract employees who possess the following attributes: job-related knowledge and skills; responsible attitude to work-life balance; institutional loyalty and engagement; positive customer service; and respectful and ethical behaviour.

c)      To operate a lean and cost effective department.


UNITS WITHIN THE OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES
       
The units within the department are:

  •     Halls of Residence including Postgraduate Housing
  •     Sports
  •     Placement and Career Services
  •     The Lodgings Office
  •     Office of Special Students Services & Development - (Students with disabilities)
  •     Facilities Management Unit (FMU)

The organizational chart  for the  OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES AND DEVELOPMENT

Western Jamaica Campus (WJC)

This branch campus in the western resort city of Montego Bay offers degree progammes in Finance, Management Studies, Accounting, Banking & Finance, Management of Information Systems (MIS), Hospitality & Tourism Management, Integrated Marketing & Communications (public relations), Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law, Nursing and Digital Media Production. The Campus also offers graduate courses in Business Administration and Executive Development through the Mona School of Business.

UWI, Mona WJC students enjoy a range of amenities including library and computer lab. Easily accessible via the North Coast Highway, the campus is also close to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.