PhD Success: Violet Cuffy

Violet Cuffy. * Photo submitted

Violet Vyline Cuffy has recently been awarded the title of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Surrey in the Untied Kingdom where she has successfully read for that degree as a Commonwealth Scholar.

She is qualified as a specialist teacher and holds a certificate in Education Administration and Management (University of West Indies), honours first degree in Education and Training (University of Technology) and a Master of Science from the University of the West the Indies.  Previously, she worked in the field of education (St Martin Secondary School) for over thirteen years and in the tourism industry as a Community Tourism Business Development officer as part of the EU Eco-tourism Development Programme.

Having combined her wide and varied educational and career pursuits in field of education and business, specifically tourism, into the area of her research focus, she was able to impressively defend her thesis in record time of that which is the norm for such viva voce.

The primary investigation took the form a single case study of the education and training system in her home country, Dominica.  The research findings highlighted the need for a lifelong approach to tourism education and training for heavily tourism-dependent destinations.  In the case of Dominica, which has a unique product offering, and is challenged by the lack of natural resources appropriate for development of a vibrant manufacturing industry, this phenomenon becomes more significant.

For the future, Violet aim to develop the research findings and to work closely with other renowned academics to make her own contributions in advancing the knowledge base within the field of tourism education and training. But importantly, the challenges faced while pursuing this research highlighted the need these current results to be published and to add to the works of other Dominican experts and writers, in this case focusing on tourism issues and concerns from an island perspective.

Violet wishes to take this opportunity to thank her family and friends, the Government and people of Dominica, but more significantly her sample participants and other well wishers without whose help and active support this venture would have been unachievable.

For further detail on the thesis focus see the Surrey tourism newsletter via the link below:

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  1. Turnover
    November 30, 2010

    Vyline, I too remember the Thursday afternoon at Donkey beach. We should have a reunion. Mrs morv. reading over my shoulder as I write. CONGRATS GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hurry up come back for us to go Don. Beach to celebrate – me you Jeno, Max, jo-a. We find Trich where ever.

  2. Violet.
    November 25, 2010

    Thanks for all the postive comments. 
    Let’s keep the love and postive vibes coming  on this web site, so that others out there may see the good our lovely island can and do produce!

  3. Dr Cuffy
    November 21, 2010

    Congratulations all in order Dr.Cuffy.
    You did well

  4. Big-Bannan
    November 21, 2010

    Congratulations, and thank you. You make us, Dominican’s proud

  5. Anonymous
    November 20, 2010

    Congrats! but you mean you were in England all that time and I never see you at one dominica event?? What happen, you don’t mix with Dominicans????

  6. Canal Lane
    November 20, 2010

    Félicitation, Ma Chérie! I wish you all the best for the future! I can’t forget the adventures we’ve had especially on ‘Tour of 89’ and Donkey Beach Thursday Afternoon Limes: 1 Phd, 3 Msc, 2 Bsc; What a unique combination!

    November 20, 2010


  8. Ms Joe
    November 20, 2010

    I also join the other friends and well wishes, in congratulating you on this prestigious achievement. Best of luck

    November 20, 2010

    Dr Cuffy, I dont know you, but I feel that I to should join in and say congratulations.

    Your smile shows how happy and proud you are (and so you should be).

    Also you kicked a beautiful part of England to study.

  10. D/can to the Bone (foregin)
    November 19, 2010

    My Cousin best wishes you made me and the rest proud. God blessings on you always. Keep the faith as you journey in life..

  11. Denise
    November 19, 2010

    Congratulations Vyline – well done, and a motivation to those of us who are still walking the educational pathway.

  12. nicholas
    November 19, 2010

    congratulations on your hard work and perseverance. I hope you feel fulfilled.

  13. Conscious
    November 19, 2010

    Congratualtions, Dr.Cuffy. Keep perservering in the vineyard. The harvests will follow.

  14. Choicer
    November 19, 2010

    Congrats Vyline and all the best

  15. Sam Peter Polydore & family
    November 19, 2010

    Congratulation Vyline on this prstigious achievement!! We wish sucess in your further endeavors. keep up the good works.

  16. Old Admirer
    November 19, 2010

    Violine Congratulations to you for such an achievment. I will never forget the first time I met this young lady (not just me) but all the fellas were just ” jaw dropped “. She was gorgeuos and well spoken too. One of those crushes you never forget.

  17. Hey just giving my two cents
    November 19, 2010

    Congratulations Ms Cuffy. All the best for your future endeavours.

  18. Christine
    November 19, 2010

    great article, it’s good to see we can report on the good news too

  19. tomian
    November 19, 2010

    Congrat Ms. Cuffy
    You were a great teacher and although its been years i have seen you, you look good. I am so happy for you and may God bless you. We gave you some hard time in school class of 98 but you taught us good values which helped shaped my life and I just want to say thank you and continue to do well.

  20. Cousin Marilyn
    November 19, 2010

    Congrats cous. You deserve every bit of this Award. You have worked hard and achieved. God Bless. You have made us proud.

  21. Fond Cole
    November 19, 2010

    Congratulations my dear on your achievement! Well done!

  22. Fair & Square
    November 19, 2010

    Well done Vyline. Dr. Cuffy it is – you’ve worked hard for this title. Congratulations!

  23. sensible Dominican
    November 19, 2010

    Congrats cousin.

  24. Choice
    November 19, 2010

    Congratulations girl i am very proud and happy for you. I wish you the very best. God bless you my dear.

  25. grass root
    November 19, 2010

    Congratulations, my friend, I kwnow you would have done it. May the Good Lord continue to Bless you and guide you in all your endeavours. I am so proud of you.

  26. Colihaut Passie
    November 19, 2010

    “Yes we can”. Had ever confidence in your ability. Whatever we put our minds to, our hands will definitely achieve. Congrats, my girl. Your have made Dominica Proud. God Bless!

  27. the W
    November 19, 2010

    Congrats from your former colleagues at the ETDP. The hard work really paid off.

  28. SHORT
    November 19, 2010


  29. Sandra
    November 19, 2010

    Congratulations & best wishes on your achievement. I know it took a lot of sacrifices, long nights burning the midnight oil but thank God it paid off. All the best in your future endeavours

  30. Proud Teacher
    November 19, 2010

    I am proud of you. You inspire me to aim higher. Congratulations.

  31. Paul Charles
    November 19, 2010

    This kind of news is what motivates me. To me it’s much bigger and more touching than a lot of the political stories. I know Vyline personally as a former DGS student and I know she’s an extremely nice and loving person apart from her academic achievements. She’s also a very talented athlete and has leadership qualities. I would recommend her for a Permanent Secretary or similar leadership position. Congrats Vyline and best wishes for the future.

  32. Former student
    November 19, 2010

    Congrates Ms Cuffy. U made us proud

  33. Upper Room29
    November 19, 2010

    Congrats from all of us.
    May the Good Lord continue to bless and keep you.
    Great things happen when God mixes with man

  34. Anonymous
    November 19, 2010

    Congratulation Ms. Cuffy from a former student of the St. Martin Secondary School

  35. Jo-Ann Jo-Ann
    November 19, 2010

    My fellow Dominican congratulation on your prestigious reward, indeed you ought to be extremely proud not only on your hard work and sacrifices but proud to be of service to your country.
    Therefore, I urge my government and public citizens to provide you with every support that you require. This is in an effort to encourage our younger generation to emulate persons like yourself to go after their dreams and to be confident that each one of them will be accepted the same way that foreigners are accepted and appreciated in our country.
    Once again let me wish you the best of success in the future. God blessed.

  36. proud DA Massive
    November 19, 2010

    Congratulations my dear, Your smile expresses that sense of achievement and contentment. I know how much work you have put into your studies. Three cheers !!!!! We are proud of you. As a Dominican I feel elated.

  37. pleasant
    November 19, 2010

    congratulations and well done , we need you in our homeland

  38. Deoborah
    November 19, 2010

    Congratulations. Well Done. Use your qualification for the betterment of yourself and country.

  39. Former Rotaractor
    November 19, 2010

    Congrats Vyline! All the hard work and sacrifice paid OFF!!! Good job girl!

  40. just saying
    November 19, 2010

    congrats sra cuffy..wishing Gods continued blessings

  41. choicer
    November 19, 2010

    congrats….you’ve done it…..we are proud of u

  42. From another Cuffy
    November 19, 2010

    Congrats, keep up the good work. Thanks for making the Cuffy’s proud.

  43. Yippee
    November 19, 2010

    Congratulations Ms Cuffy: always a hardworking and well disciplined teacher. A job well done. I believe that this is coming at a most opportunistic time, giving the current status of Dominica’s tourism product. We need qualified, new generation thinkers like you to map out a strategy for our tourism product. Welcome on board.

  44. Former DGS classmate
    November 19, 2010

    Well done Violet, I knew you have it in you, always an industrious person. God Bless you as you continue in your endeavors.

  45. BUmblebee
    November 19, 2010


  46. The Third Side
    November 19, 2010

    Violet, from one of your dearest friend…congratulations. I am so proud of you.

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