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Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity


Statement from the Dean of Arts, Professor Derek Collins

As Dean of the Faculty of Arts, I am strongly committed to eliminating bias and inequality of opportunity of all kinds, and working to ensure individuals are advanced in accordance with their talents and abilities. I established the Gender Task Force in December 2015 to review the current gender and diversity situation in the Faculty. Arts was the first faculty at the University to undertake such a study and we recognised we had work to do to correct some imbalances.

We took action. As a result of the groundbreaking work accomplished by the Task Force, the Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity was established in November 2016 to implement its recommendations and further review gender and diversity policies in the Faculty. I then changed the composition of several key committees to ensure that they were more diverse, and secured funding for a new Assistant Professor position in gender and sexuality studies with the aim of establishing undergraduate minor and major programmes in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Although the Gender Task Force was a Faculty initiative, it was clear that many of its recommendations addressed university-wide structural issues. I look forward to working with the Committee and other organizations across the University to lead the way on gender and diversity, promoting it as both intellectually responsible and structurally necessary to realise the full potential of our academic community. 

Membership of the Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity

Established in November 2016, the Committee is chaired by the Dean’s Advisor on Gender Equality and Diversity, Professor Gina Marchetti, and includes an elected representative from each of the four Schools (Chinese, English, Humanities, Modern Languages and Cultures) and the Centre for Applied English Studies, an elected administrative staff representative, undergraduate and postgraduate student representatives, as well as several co-opted members. A full list of current members is available here.

Gender, Sexuality, and Diversity Research in the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty is a recognized centre of research excellence in fields that include Asian Cinema, China Studies, Chinese Philosophy, Fine Arts, History, Law and Literature, Linguistics, and Post-colonial Literatures, and is active in fostering partnerships globally and exploring new means of facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration

Guidelines on the Use of Inclusive Language

The School of Humanities has developed a set of guidelines on the use of inclusive language in student work which have been adopted across the School. These Guidelines on the Use of Inclusive Language in Student Work aim to encourage students to be aware of the ways in which the use of language can marginalize, demean, and exclude social groups such as women, sexual minorities, ethnic groups, and persons with physical or psychosocial disabilities. The Guidelines are available here.


Professor Derek Collins & Professor Gina Marchetti
HKU Bulltetin, Issue 18:2, 
March 2017Page 3-6


Interview with Prof. Gina Marchetti
Arts Faculty Newsletter
Winter 2016-17, Page 3 


Interview with Prof. Wu Cuncun
Arts Faculty Newsletter
Winter 2015, Page 4