The Mace is carried in University Processions as a symbol of authority and continuity. The first Mace, donated by Mr Ho Fook, was in use from 1918, but was lost during the Second World War. The existing Mace replicates the original design as far as possible and was donated by Mr Leung Yew.
The Mace Bearer is appointed by the Vice-Chancellor to carry the Mace with the dignity and pride that befits its symbolic importance, and to be the lead figure in University Processions.
The current Mace-Bearer, appointed in 2010, is Professor David Dudgeon, who is the Chair Professor of Ecology & Biodiversity, from the School of Biological Sciences of the Faculty of Science.