Athena Swan

Athena SWAN

RDM fully supports the Athena SWAN initiative. Our aim is to ensure that RDM is a happy and rewarding environment where all staff and students are supported to achieve their full potential.

What is Athena SWAN?

Athena SWAN is a UK-wide initiative set up in 2005 to promote gender equality and advance the representation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). It evolved from the work of the Athena Project and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN), which resulted in the development of the Athena SWAN Charter, supported by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).

In May 2015, the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

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Athena SWAN & RDM

RDM was awarded a Silver Athena Swan award in April 2016.

What's happening next?

Funding bodies recognise that retaining female talent in science is a key priority. By the end of 2015, the National Institute for Health Research will require departments to hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award as an essential condition to award funding. We anticipate that other funders will also ask for this in the future.
We are already delivering the RDM Silver Application Action Plan, which requires input from a large number of people across RDM, including the Head of Department, the RDM Athena SWAN Steering Group (ASSG) and the four Self-Assessment Teams (SATs).

How can I get involved?

We value your opinions, ideas and feedback. You can let us know how we're doing through the staff and student survey and the next survey will be conducted in Spring/Summer 2016) or by participating in focus groups. Please get in touch with your local SAT for further details or email