UWI: Article was wrong, no agreement for £200M repa­ra­tion pay­ments

The Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies (UWI) says there is no agree­ment with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Glas­gow for repa­ra­tion pay­ments.

Vice-Chan­cel­lor of The Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies (The UWI) Prof Sir Hi­lary Beck­les said the head­line of the sto­ry orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished in the Ja­maica Glean­er News­pa­per dat­ed No­vem­ber 25, 2018, "Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty To Pay Repa­ra­tions For £200m Ex­tract­ed From Re­gion"— and sub­se­quent­ly car­ried by oth­er re­gion­al me­dia out­lets — is in­ac­cu­rate.

Ac­cord­ing to Beck­les, the head­line ad­dress­ing the Vice-Chan­cel­lor of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Glas­gow’s ad­mis­sion that £200 mil­lion in fees, en­dow­ment, and grants were re­ceived from Caribbean slave-own­ers, and at­tribut­ing ref­er­ence to an “agree­ment” with the Vice-Chan­cel­lor of The UWI to re­pay the said sum was in­ac­cu­rate.

He said, how­ev­er, that while the head­line was not true, the quot­ed con­tent of the sto­ry is cor­rect.

"The uni­ver­si­ties are work­ing through a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) built up­on the prin­ci­ple of “repara­to­ry jus­tice”, but there is no “agree­ment” about the re­pay­ment of £200 mil­lion to The UWI," the re­lease stat­ed.

"In good faith the two uni­ver­si­ties, ever since the Vice-Chan­cel­lor of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Glas­gow, Pro­fes­sor Sir An­ton Mus­catel­li, in­di­cat­ed that his uni­ver­si­ty seeks to be ex­cel­lent and eth­i­cal, have had ex­cel­lent con­ver­sa­tions about how the Uni­ver­si­ty of Glas­gow can con­tribute to clean­ing up the colo­nial lega­cies of slav­ery that are hold­ing back the re­gion.

"A work­ing team has been es­tab­lished, which has made many repara­to­ry jus­tice sub­mis­sions, but is yet to com­plete its de­lib­er­a­tions."

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