Established October 1, 1991 by the Federal Government of Nigeria, University of Uyo inherited students, staff, academic programmes and the entire facilities of erstwhile University of Cross River established by the then Cross River State Government in 1983. Academic activities commenced in 1991/92 session.
The University is located in the heart of Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria the largest oil producing state. Uyo is easily accessible by road and there are two international airports within 100km radius, Calabar in Cross River State, and Ibom airport.
Currently, the University operates from two campuses; the Town Campus and Town Campus Annexe and the Main Campus. The Town Campus accommodates the Central Administration, Faculties of Arts, Basic Medical Sciences, Education, Social Sciences, Science, Pharmacy as well as the Postgraduate School, while the Town Campus Annexe is home to the Faculties of Agriculture, Business Administration, Law, Environmental Studies and Directorate of General Studies.
The Main Campus of the University, along Nwaniba Road, Uyo is about 4.5km from the city centre and covers an area of about 1,443 hectares. Construction of projects has been going on at the Campus. The Campus currently houses the Faculty of Engineering and student hostels.
The University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) is located along Abak Road and houses the Faculty of Clinical Sciences and a hostel for Clinical Students.
THE GOVERNING COUNCIL
The University of Uyo has a Governing Council which is charged with the general control and superintendence of the policy, finance and property of the University, including its public relations. The composition of the Governing Council of the University is as follows:
[i] The Pro-Chancellor and the Chairman of Council
[ii] The Vice-Chancellor
[iii] The Deputy Vice-Chancellor [Administration]
[iv] The Deputy Vice-Chancellor [Academic]
[v] The Representative of the Federal Ministry of Education
[vi] Four persons representing a variety of interests and broadly representative of the Federation, appointed by the National Council of Ministers
[vii] Representative of Convocation
[viii] Four Representative of the Senate
[ix] Two Representative of the Congregation
[x] Registrar and Secretary to Council
The Vice-Chancellor with other principal officers namely Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Registrar, Bursar, and University Librarian, see to the day-to-day running of the University with the support of the Deans, Directors and Heads of Departments/Units.
On the other hand, it shall be the general function of Senate to organise and control teaching, admission and discipline of students.
The four staff Unions namely Academic staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SANNU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) together with the students union also assist in ensuring staff and students welfare.