• Question: do you have another half if not do you think it distracts you with your work

    Asked by callum mercer to Triona, Simone, Kieran, Julia, Hugh, Emily on 8 Nov 2018.
    • Photo: Hugh Manning

      Hugh Manning answered on 8 Nov 2018:


      Yes I have an amazingly supportive girlfriend who helped me so much when I was stressing out towards the end of my PhD.
      I think it’s important to have a healthy work/study life balance, that includes making time for yourself and spending time with you friends / partner.
      There are times when I’ve had to spend a few weeks in the lab working really late, but then there were other times when I left early or took holidays to spend time with my loved ones.

    • Photo: Triona Kennedy

      Triona Kennedy answered on 9 Nov 2018:


      I do. I met my husband when I first started post graduate studies. He is a scientist too – a physicist. I would be lost without my other half I think – so not a distraction, a really great person to support me and keep me focused. We have two children – and they are really proud of what we do – and understand that I have to travel or that I am a bit distracted sometimes. All 3 of my immediate family know they are my number 1 priority

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