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Inclusive language

UTAS employs inclusive language but seeks to maintain readability, and grammatical and commonsense. The following includes some general rules.


  • 'view', 'read', see' and 'watch', replace with 'refer to', 'visit' or 'go to'
  • 'handicapped', replace with 'disabled'
  • 'authoress', 'stewardess' etc, replace with 'author' or 'steward'

Avoid using:

  • he/him/his as generic pronouns
  • non-specific gender references, e.g. 'he/she', 'him/her', 'his/her'
  • 'they' when referring to a generic noun in the singular: 
    Incorrect: When the student is informed of the decision they must be informed also of their right to appeal.
    Correct: When being informed of the decision the student must also be informed of the right to appeal.
  • 'man' generically, e.g. instead of 'the best man for the job', use 'the best person (or applicant, or candidate) for the job'
  • 'man' as a verb, e.g. rather than 'you will man the display', use 'you will look after (or be in charge of) the display'.

More information is available in the University's Guide to Inclusive Language.