Congratulations to Dr Anya Adair on being awarded the “Rosie Young 90 Medal for Outstanding Young Woman Scholar” 2022!

Dr Adair joined HKU in 2018 with a joint appointment that bridges the Faculties of Arts and of Law. Her leadership in law, literature, and digital humanities draws on her diverse interdisciplinary and multilingual training at the world’s finest institutions.

Dr Adair’s research expertise centres on medieval English literature, law and legal culture. Her work is driven by a fascination with language, and the potential of the smallest details of text to solve the puzzles of the past. In her research and teaching, she evinces the power to communicate clearly and passionately across disciplines.

She has performed exceptionally as a young scholar, playing key leadership roles in directing the keystone dual-degree Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws and in serving as Founding Director of the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Digital Technologies. Her curricular design manifests the creative spirit of university education and is situating HKU at the vanguard of international networks fostering innovative scholarship and teaching.

Dr Adair is a brilliant scholar who is also an outstanding collaborator and communicator – someone who is forging an international scholarly reputation in her specialisation while networking across disciplines and Faculties.

About the Award
In celebration of the 90th birthday of Professor Rosie Young, a world-renowned endocrinologist and Emeritus Professor and Honorary Clinical Professor of HKU Faculty of Medicine, colleagues and friends contributed over HK$1M to establish the “Rosie Young 90 Medal for Outstanding Young Woman Scholar” to honour her immense achievements and contributions. The Medal seeks to recognise talented young academics at the University and to encourage them to follow in Professor Young’s illustrious footsteps for many, many years to come. Each year, there will be one awardee from the Medical Faculty and one from non-medical disciplines.