Faculty of Science and Technology
Science for ALL
The Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, has adopted the philosophy of Science for ALL. Through this philosophy, we strongly believe that Science should be made available to all who are interested, regardless of their income, gender or disability.
 
Consequently, the Faculty has adopted the position that all new Faculty policies, frameworks and initiatives must be approached from a universal design methodology, ensuring that all students and staff can participate. This philosophy permeates, and is integrated into, all initiatives within the Faculty.
 
With this in mind, the Faculty has launched a number of initiatives.

a.  Women in Technology Network

The primary purpose of this network is to encourage female students to see science and technology as a viable career option and hence encourage them to remain in the field after graduation. The network utilizes, where possible, online technology to provide links between female students and women who work within the Science and Technology fields. The network is also developing opportunities for mentoring, advising and the sharing of experiences.
 
b.  Accessibility
 
The Faculty is increasing the accessibility of both its taught and research programmes. The successful implementation of this project has become increasingly urgent given the recent rise in the number of persons with disabilities applying to study within the Faculty. In fact, the Faculty has experienced an increase in the number of students with learning disabilities applying for accommodation.
 
Some of our researchers are involved in the development of solutions for persons with disabilities, such as the modern version of the white cane for the blind and visually impaired.

The Faculty has begun a public education campaign to change attitudes towards persons with disabilities. Beginning with a public lecture entitled “Learning Disabilities and Careers in Science and Technology: Dispelling the Myths, Removing the Stereotypes“ which was held on July 3, 2018.
 
The presentation highlighted the strengths of persons with learning disabilities, demonstrated the linkages with careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics); and focused on the generalizations and misinformation that result in the discrimination and stigma faced by persons with learning disabilities. The presentation was reinforced by the stories and experiences of those living in Barbados, who must deal with the issue of disabilities daily.
 
The Faculty of Science and Technology
Phone: (246) 417-4312 Fax:(246) 417-4597 Email: fst@cavehill.uwi.edu