33rd West Indian Literature Conference - October 2-4, 2014

About The University of The West Indies


The University of the West Indies has campuses at Cave Hill in Barbados, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago and Mona in Jamaica. The total student body which is approximately 24,321 is distributed amongst the Faculties of Law, Humanities & Education, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Medical Sciences at Cave Hill; Arts & Education, Medical Sciences, Social Sciences and Science & Technology at Mona; and Agriculture & Natural Sciences, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences at St. Augustine.

The Cave Hill campus overlooks the island’s capital and principal commercial centre, Bridgetown, which is just five miles away. Despite its expansion in recent years, the campus maintains much of its original architecture of simple, low-rise buildings. The scenic attractiveness and relatively small size of the university community creates an inviting, intimate and friendly atmosphere.


Barbados Fast Facts and Figures

Capital: Bridgetown

Population: Approximately 285,000

Climate: Eight to nine hours of sunshine most days.

Geography: A 21 mile x 14 mile Caribbean island. West and South Coast have calm Caribbean sea and endless beaches. Rugged cliffs and Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast.

Barbados Language: English with a broad dialect called Bajan.

Currency: Barbados Dollar - US $1 = BDS $2 approx.

Time: GMT-4 hrs. There is no daylight saving time in Barbados

Electricity: Electricity in Barbados is 110 volts/50 cycles

Entry Requirements: See Travel Documents

Health Requirements: See Health in Barbados

Driving: A temporary yearly Barbados licence costs BDS$10 and is obtainable from car rental agencies and Police Stations. Full licence must be shown. Drive on left. Go to Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia "Documents"

Laws: Largely based on English common law.


Host Organisation
Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature
Faculty of Humanities and Education, The University of the West Indies
Cave Hill Campus, P.O. Box 64, Bridgetown, Barbados

Email:  alison.johnson@cavehill.uwi.edu  Tel: (246) 417-4402/7458
Conference Website: http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/fhe/LLL/WILC

Faculty of Humanities and Education
Telephone: (246) 417-4385/87 Fax: (246) 424-0634 E-mail: humanities@cavehill.uwi.edu