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Video clip: Alison was worried part-time work would mean not being paid for the research she wanted to do.

And did you work part time at all?

Nope, no, well it except when I was on maternity leave when I wasn't meant to be working at all. No I don't think, I don't think I would have found it very straight forward to work part time.

In what way?

First of all my observation not in this university but in another university of a woman who was working part time was that she was paid as a part time worker but doing a full time job.

And I think that that's a very easy trap to fall into in academia because you, invariably you prioritise the things that have to be done and the things that you want to do for your students and the administration and so on, and if you want to do research that's where the extra hours are going to be going and given that I would have been working because it's important to maintain research in mathematics.

Once you've given it up it's very, very hard to get back in again. I think I would have ended up doing the 20 hours or whatever of teaching and administration and then trying to work when I was meant to be with the children and it just seemed better to do a full job and spend what time I could with them outside of that.