Dr Susan Farrington obtained her undergraduate degree in Manchester, followed on by a PhD in Liverpool. After obtaining a postdoctoral research position in Edinburgh she was awarded a Personal Research fellowship in 1998 held within the School, and was made a permanent member of staff in 2002, promoted to UE09 in 2006, Reader in 2014 and is a PI within the IGMM. Susan is a member of both the School and IGMM post-graduate committees and is also a mentor. She is in a dual academic career marriage with 2 school aged daughters. Both partners commute ~3hrs a day in different directions to Edinburgh and Newcastle. Flexible and out of office working practices have been essential within this scenario.