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Video clip: Julia felt that as a research she would fill all her time working, so could not work part-time.

Can I just check when you had your children did you come back to work part-

time or full-time.

Full time.

Full time.

Yeah. I think it would be very, very difficult to do this job part time.

Lots of people are saying that. Could you explain why?

Because research wise you are competing with people and you have to keep up. And I mean we never do hours anyway, so I don't quite know what part-time means. I mean I'm not paid by the hour, I'm paid to do a job so what would happen is that you just spend as much time as you've got working. So, in fact with the first one, you know I was teaching with babies hung round my neck, you know a couple of weeks after having them. This is probably a mistake cos I'm not sure you're very capable of doing it, but yes, it, it was very nice by the time we got to number four the maternity leave was six months, and that was about right.

And that was, and then, by then I was ready to come back and it wasn't, you know it's a terrible struggle.