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Dr Lynda Brown

Dr Lynda Brown  (Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow)

"Colleagues in Chemistry were very supportive as I returned to work as a postdoctoral research fellow on a 60 per cent basis after having my two children. The University's childcare voucher scheme was invaluable at that time. In 2009, I was awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, a forward thinking grant that allows part-time working and career breaks for personal reasons.

Dr Lynda Brown
Dr Lynda Brown

"I am able to change my working days at the University to fit in with commitments at work and home. In addition, my husband and I can divide the school run duties between us. He too is a University academic and can also work flexibly. This has allowed both of us to spend precious time with my children while giving them an important example of how mums can be successful career women too. In addition, I can often work extra days in term time and ‘bank' time off to take during the school holidays."

"Over the years, I have appreciated mentoring from the senior female academics within the department and I now would like to support younger female researchers. As my children are growing older and becoming more independent, I have stepped up my hours to four days a week with a view to full-time working when my situation allows."

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