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Video clip: Hazel thinks working part time is ‘not as impossible as people fear that it is’.

It hasn’t been so much a challenge to from that point of view I don’t think and I would say I think with the Department on the whole has been very supportive about it. I haven’t felt pressure to, to increase and to sort of consideration is always made when thinking about dumping out jobs and things. So that hasn’t been so much the challenge.

As I said, the challenge has been things like being able to go to conferences and things. If you’ve only got childcare for four days a week, then, then it’s difficult then to travel to the States or whatever. So that’s been where the challenge has been. But in some ways I would say it’s been relatively easy.

I don’t have a tutorial fellowship, so I don’t have the direct undergraduate teaching, the responsibilities these tutors have. Possibly that means my time is slightly more flexible from that point of view. But I’ve found it fairly straightforward to manage the part time in fact. I’ve had a number of people tell me of course it’s impossible to do and at that point I tell them that I’ve been doing it for a while. And I know other examples. I don’t think it’s as impossible as people fear that it is.