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Athena SWAN activities are co-ordinated across the department by the RDM Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT), chaired by the Head of Department, Prof Hugh Watkins. Expertise and input is provided by cross-divisional committees and working groups, which play a key role in the local implementation of the Action Plan and in driving the Athena SWAN initiative forward.

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The RDM SAT meet quarterly and provide support for department-wide initiatives that benefit from a central co-ordinated approach (eg the RDM Mentoring Scheme and the RDM Career Development Committee). Charlotte Smith, RDM’s Athena SWAN Facilitator, supports EDI activities across RDM, as part of the department’s ongoing initiative of creating a better workplace.


The SAT co-ordinated the 2015 successful application for an Athena SWAN Silver Award and in April 2019 submitted their second successful silver application. As part of the 2021, Advance HE transformation of Athena Swan, the action plans now run over a five year period. The updated version of RDM action plan, along with working group updates from the last two years is available here.


One of the ways in which we monitor our progress through staff and student surveys.


In September 2020, the RDM Environment and Culture Working Group sent out a survey to all RDM staff and students, to capture their experiences during the initial period of the Covid-19 pandemic, and to identify whether any lessons couldbe learnt. The news item and infographic and full report are now available.


Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2018 Staff and Student Experience Surveys. Summaries will appear here as they become available.

Staff and Student Survey: Overview

Staff Experience Survey: Summary statistics

Student Experience Survey: Summary statistics


Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2016 Staff Survey. Download the summary statistics from the 2016 survey , or read the overview.


The 2014 survey was the first department-wide survey since the formation of RDM and the results informed RDM's application for an Athena SWAN Silver Award, submitted in April 2015. 

Read more about the 2014 Staff Survey Results.

RDM Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team