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Video clip: Marian’s research was funded for four years instead of three because she worked part-time. This was an advantage. She thinks that even in labs part-time work should be possible with the right teamwork.

So my, my DPhil was funded on a project grant which my DPhil supervisors had obtained, but then I got a post-doctoral fellowship which I was able to start when I became a consultant which funded my salary, for the next, again I was still part-time so it funded me for four years rather than the three, which is also an advantage. I work on rare diseases or uncommon diseases so it also means that I can collect information for longer which is good if you’re looking at something rarer.

Yes. So that’s one of the unusual situations where working part-time is

So working part-time is helpful indeed, yes.

You were talking about part-time working.

Yes we were, ‘cos it’s interesting ‘cos I’ve heard, I’ve heard particularly lab people,

Lab people?

Lab people say you can’t work part-time and I do struggle with that because I do think you can plan things. I guess the challenge is in things like growing cells where cells have to be fed but I guess there’s no reason you can’t work as a team. I think that’s a bit of an excuse, so I think you can work part-time at whatever you do as long as you’ve got the right team around you and there’s flexibility.