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Video clip: Marian believes that flexible working hours, trust from her line managers and persistence have made her career possible.

I had to do an inaugural lecture a couple of weeks ago and I was thinking at the end of it what made my career possible? The three things were flexibility because there’s no doubt that the environment I’m in is an incredibly flexible one. So you know, if one of my kids is ill I know it’s not going to be a major problem for me to say, ‘I’m really sorry I can’t come in. I’ve got to work from home.’ I work from home, I try and work from home one day a week because that allows me to do that writing on the analysis, and I’m not going to get disturbed, and we try and arrange, you know simple things like we don’t have big meetings in school holidays. And all of the, the meetings we have are in the middle of the day so that we’re not trying to meet at 8 o’clock in the morning or 5 o’clock when you’ve got to be doing things with kids.

And you know that flexibility and the trust from my line managers along the way, the trust that I will do, you know I will deliver, and I will juggle my time and not, you know not take advantage of the system and you know do what I’m paid to be doing, and having the trust in me that I’ll do that. And the other thing I summarised was persistence, because you know it, it, I said you know I’ve got a fellowship but it was my fifth fellowship application, the post-doctoral one that was successful so it wasn’t like my first time. So all of those I think have been really important for me to get to where I am now. And, and the ability to juggle obviously.

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