Kaydene Duffus, librarian at Northern Caribbean University’s Montego Bay campus is one of the Commonwealth Scholarship recipients for 2010. Miss Duffus will be undertaking a three year study at the University College London in September 2010. She will pursue an MPhil/PhD in Archives and Records Management.
After completing sixth form at Edwin Allen High school, Clarendon, Miss Duffus pursued her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona in Library and Information Studies. As a result of her dedication and hard work, she was awarded the Daphne Douglas award for Personal and Professional Development. Her achievements did not end there as she also went on to pursue a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Studies at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communications (CARIMAC).
After completing her studies, Miss Duffus, not deterred by the drought in the employment arena, sent out a number of application letters unsuccessfully for three months. Watered by an opening at Grace Kennedy in 2005, she soon found herself emerged in indexing and recording information for the organization, which lasted for six months. Following her tenure at Grace Kennedy, Miss Duffus sought employment as a librarian at Northern Caribbean University and was offered a position at its Kingston campus and later the Montego Bay campus, where she currently works as a librarian.
When asked to express her feelings toward this accomplishment she posited, “While all of the above components overwhelmingly contributed to my success in gaining the Commonwealth Scholarship, I give all the praise and thanks to God, as I believe that He has been instrumental in placing me in the right areas and giving me the right tools that would cause my application to speak volumes.”
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) supports about 750 awards annually, through the following: the Department for International Development (DFID), Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Department for Business Innovation & Skills and the Scottish Government. It is administered by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the British Council. There are seven types of scholarship awards which are as follows:
Scholarships for PhD
Scholarships for Master’s study
Shared Scholarships for Master’s study selected and jointly funded by universities
Academic Fellowships for staff serving in developing country Universities
Split-site Scholarships for PhD students to spend up to one year in the UK
Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals in developing countries
Distance Learning Scholarships
The CSC which is a part of the larger Commonwealth-wide scheme: the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The plan was established at the first Commonwealth education conference in 1959 and is reviewed by Ministers at their triennial meetings - the only scholarship scheme in the world to receive such high-level recognition. The Plan has supported over 26, 000 individuals to study in over 20 countries, 16, 000 of them in the UK. Commonwealth Scholarships – Britain’s Role Brochure.
Northern Caribbean University extends hearty congratulations to Miss Kaydene Duffus who has demonstrated that the ‘NCU Pride propels her stride.’
The Montego Bay Campus continues to play its part in fulfilling the mission of the University by facilitating holistic Christ-centred education of its students. This beacon in Western Jamaica provides illumination on how human beings may be transformed through academic excellence, social interaction, physical, and spiritual development and a strong work ethic thereby fitting them for committed professional service to country and to God.
· BSc in Business Administration
· ASc of Science in Business Administration
· Associate of Science in Social Work
· BSc in Management Studies
· BSc in Secondary Teacher Education
· BA in Secondary Teacher Education
· BA in Primary Teacher Education
· BSc in Counselling
· BSc in Social Work (Accreditation in progress)
Entrance to the Montego Bay campus