Gleichstellung an der HCU

Equal Opportunity at the HCU

The HCU encourages gender balance in the university, equal opportunities for women and men and protection against discrimination. Structural and personnel equality of opportunity for women and men are guiding principles for all HCU activity. The consistent implementation of gender mainstreaming and managing diversity as a cross-section task is sustainably anchored and lived in all areas of the university. 

The Equal Opportunity Officers support the university in implementing the statutory equality regulations and in integrating equality and diversity into the field of university development. To the Equal Opportunity Officers you can turn, in issues such as equality between women and men, equality of opportunity in the sense of diversity and the compatibility of studies or professional duties and family life.


Study on the compatibility of studies, career and family at Hamburg universities, in behalf of the Ministry for Science, Research, Equality and District  (BWFGB) .

HCU also participated in this study. For more information, see the BWFGB press release and the full report of the study (PDF).

The LEHRTABLEAU of the Center for Gender and Diversity summer courses 2022 IS HERE!

This semester, the ZGD is again offering a variety of Gender, Queer, Diversity and Intersectionality Studies courses from different Hamburg universities & colleges.

Click here to know more about the interdisciplinary and intercollegiate offer.



The HCU is committed to equal opportunities and an appreciative approach to diversity in teaching, science and administration. Important goals are the recognition and appreciation of diversity as a resource and the creation of a non-discriminatory learning and working environment.

You can still contact us for consulting via email or phone.

Anja Dankworth 

Sachbearbeitung und Assistenz für Gleichstellung
Henning-Voscherau-Platz 1, 20457 Hamburg
Tel. +49 40 42827-4557
E-Mail: anja.dankworth(at)

Offers at the HCU

The HCU focuses on the visibility of children at the university. In addition to a baby-changing room and a relaxation room for parents and children, there is a parent-child area in the cafeteria of the HCU. Here you will find games and work opportunities as well as comfortable seating and on an information board parents can organize exchanges and joint meetings.

Parent-child space
A quiet room with a recliner for pregnant women, nursing chair, nappy changing table, cot and play facilities is located on the second  floor room 2.017.

Access to the parent-child room

To get a locking authorization for the rest room, please contact Ms. Gutmann or, by proxy, Mr. Andersen (Facility Management, hcu-flaechenmanagement(at)

If you have any questions, please contact the HCU Academic Equal Opportunity Team via email (gleichstellung(at) or Anja Dankworth, room 5.012 or call -4557, available Tues.-Thurs. from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.or Equal Opportunity Officer for technical and administrativ staff, Fleur Goslar room 4.012 (

Parent-child area cafeteria
Games and work opportunities as well as comfortable seating and exchange platform for parents on the ground floor behind the cafeteria.

Changing tables
Nappy changing tables are located in the parent-child room on the ground floor room E 0.17.

Free kids meal
Children of students receive a free meal in all canteens of the Studierendenwerk until the age of 12. Prediction is a YoungsterCard and a valid student card. You can order the YounsterCard for your children directly from the canteen management or by post using the following form: Application for a YoungsterCard for students with children.

If you have any questions about the offers or the general compatibility of studies or work and family, please contact the equal opportunity officers mentioned above.

External offers

Information portal on family benefits in Germany
From the desire to have a baby through pregnancy and childbirth to the care of relatives the family portal of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs offers useful tips and an overview of what services families can get in their life situation.

For a regular child care in the late afternoon and in the evening hours the Studierendenwerk Hamburg has founded the play group project Casper . Casper can be used by both students and employees. For the use of Casper no daycare voucher is necessary. The care takes place at the KinderCampus, Schlüterstraße 7.

Care of relatives
The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs and the Hamburg counseling center „Angehörigenschule" provide free advice on care and compatibility.

For employees there are three ways to use flexible care leave according to the law for better compatibility of family, care and work. An overview of the possibilities and further information can be found on the website "Wege zur Pflege".

Advice for studying parents
The family service of the Hamburger Studierendenwerk advises and supports pregnant women and parents interested in financing, social benefits, child care, changes in the study mode (part-time, leave of absence), etc.

In addition, at the Studierendenwerk Frau Christensen, a systemic family counselor with many years of experience as a daycare assistant and freelance consultant, offers support in child-rearing and everyday affairs (contact: Tel. 0176 - 62644472, e-mail: elternberatung(at)

Gender equality at universities also means integrating gender and diversity aspects in teaching and research. The HCU promotes scientific exchange on the results of gender and diversity research, also in cooperation with other universities, i.a. by networking with the Joint Commission for Women's Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Gender and Queer Studies (GK) of the Centre Gender & Diversity.

Gender-specific courses offered by the HCU can be found in the curriculum of the Centre Gender & Diversity. At the same time, students of the HCU each semester have the opportunity to use the cross-disciplinary "Gender & Queer Studies" area of the Centre Gender & Diversity. It is possible to obtain the certificate "Gender Competence" or "Intersectionality & Diversity" and the courses of other universities, by prior arrangement with the program manager FaSt (pgf-fast(at), can be counted in the FaSt program at the HCU. The current curriculum can be found here: Centre Gender & Diversity.

Gender equality is required by law and must also be applied in the language. If gender is neglected in the language, it influences our thinking and, ultimately, our actions. The use of the male form in the german language, the generic masculine, leads as symbolically as in fact to the discrimination of women. In order to express gender equality appropriately, one must be willing to say goodbye to some old ways of speaking and thinking.

Since August 1995 there is the Hamburg Senate resolution on "equal treatment of women and men in the legal and administrative language of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg", which ensures a gender-neutral official language. If regulations are equally applicable to women and men and a gender-neutral formulation is not appropriate, female and male names must be used.

Based on the decision of the Hamburg Senate, the communication department in cooperation with the equal opportunity commissioner have developed a guiedeline on the application of the gender-inclusive language for your work at the HCU.

HafenCity University promotes gender balance at the university, equal opportunities for all genders and protection against discrimination. The consistent implementation of gender mainstreaming and managing diversity as a cross-sectional task is lived and anchored sustainably in all areas of the university. Another important goal of HCU is the promotion of a family-friendly university for students and employees.

Download: Equality plan 2018 - 2023 (document in German)

In order to be able to follow developments in this area and derive measures accordingly, various relevant indicators are collected. These are published annually on the website of the City of Hamburg.


Equal Opportunity Officer

Ms. Annette Scheider
Head of geodetic laboratory
Tel. +49 40 42827-4546
E-Mail: gleichstellung(at)

Mr. Christian Steuck
Research Associate
Tel. +49 40 42827-5515
E-Mail: christian.steuck(at)


Technical and administrative staff

Fleur Goslar

Andrea Scheele

E-Mail: hcu-gleichstellung-tvp(at)