John Stevens, Service User in health and Human Sciences
"I have worked at the University since 1993. I now have a high interest in the effects of neurological rehabilitation on both an individual’s work and social life especially when integrated with my first love which was computing. Before I came back to the University of Essex in 2003, I was the Head of Department in Computing at University College London. After two and a half years as Head of Department, I fell seriously ill with Multiple Sclerosis, and I now have to use a wheelchair. Despite this, I went to the University of New South Wales in Sydney to work as a researcher for 2002.
I think I have a good work life balance as I work part-time, five days a week, but, due to my illness, only in the mornings. Although I am in the wheelchair permanently, I try to live as normal a life as possible."