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EDI and the Athena Swan activities are co-ordinated across the department by the RDM EDI Committee (previously called the Self-Assessement Team - SAT), co-chaired by Prof Keith Channon (Head of Department), and Prof Alison Banham (Emeritus Professor). Expertise and input is provided by cross-divisional committees and working groups, which play a key role in the local implementation of the Athena Swan action plan and in driving EDI initiatives forward.

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The RDM EDI Committee 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 (EDI and Strategic Projects Facilitator), supports EDI activities across RDM, as part of the department’s ongoing initiative of creating a better workplace.


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 EDI Committee