UWI mourns as lecturer dies suddenly

The University of the West Indies was thrown into mourning yesterday, following the death of Dr Giselle Rampaul, a lecturer in Literatures in English in the Faculty of Humanities.

Rampaul, 40, died suddenly on Thursday while warded at the West Shore Medical Private Hospital in West Moorings. Rampaul, of Couva, passed away at about 2.30 pm.

Relatives were said to be very distraught over her passing and expressed utter shock, especially given the fact that Rampaul was not suffering from any ailment.

She has published work on the intersections between British and Caribbean literature; and was working on a monograph on Shakespeare in the Caribbean. She was also the founder and producer of The Spaces between Words: Conversations with Writers podcast series.

In her capacity as Shakespeare expert, Rampaul worked with the British Council on an intra-Caribbean production with colleagues in Trinidad and partners in Jamaica, Cuba and Barbados.

In a statement yesterday, the council said that it was a “pleasure to work with Giselle and the British Council would like to express its sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues. May she rest in peace, with her beautiful smile.”

Rampaul, who started lecturing at UWI in 2003, was described as one who was “definitely not your regular-type of lecturer.” At the time, she was just a few years older than some of her first students at the university, but she quickly gained respect because of her wide and in-depth knowledge. Read more