Martin Price, Information Officer, Human Resources
"When my eldest son was approaching school age, my wife and I were both working full time and were looking at the possibility of one of us going part- time. Luckily an ideal position came up at the University with a 50% working pattern. Having this job means that I get to take my son to and from school, and allows me to spend a lot more time with him and his 3 year old brother. This is not something that I really envisaged, but it was definitely the right decision. I now have two distinct halves to my week, although I don't want to say which is the most demanding!
The University has shown a very positive approach to flexible working, and I do feel very well supported at work. I understand that not everyone is able to go part-time, and it certainly isn't without its own set of challenges, but for those for whom it is feasible I would strongly recommend it. I personally think I have been very fortunate to be able to re-arrange my work-life balance in a way that is so beneficial to me and my family. It's a bit of a cliché to say ‘You don't get those years back’, but it's also true. I just hope my sons don't get ’Daddy Fatigue!’"