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

Information for supervisors © Martin Phelps

Charlotte Smith, RDM’s Athena SWAN Facilitator, supports these activities across RDM, as part of the department’s ongoing initiative of creating a better workplace.

RDM Athena SWAN Steering Group (ASSG)

The ASSG meets quarterly and provides support for department-wide initiatives that benefit from a central co-ordinated approach (eg the RDM Mentoring Scheme and the RDM Career Development Committee). The ASSG co-ordinated the successful application for an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

Self-Assessment Teams (SATs)

Each division of RDM (CVM, NDCLS, IMD and OCDEM) has a local SAT that meets at least once a term to review progress and discuss how to drive forward the implementation of the Athena SWAN Action Plan locally. SATs have representation from a wide range of groups, including DPhil students, early- and mid-career researchers and clinicians, and senior professorial staff.

The Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) currently does not have its own SAT because it hosts researchers from many non-RDM departments. Instead, RDM staff and students who are based at the WIMM are represented by either the IMD or NDCLS SATs.

To find out who is on your SAT, please select your relevant division:

Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Investigative Medicine Division

Nuffield Division of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Medicine

Staff and Student  Survey Results

We monitor our progress through staff and student surveys.


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 Steering Group