A RETIRING university boss came face to face with himself in his last week at work.

Huddersfield University deputy vice-chancellor Prof Fen Arthur was presented with a life-size portrait of himself - painted by a former road mender.

The picture was created by former student John Byrne.

Prof Arthur is retiring after 13 years at the University. Prior to his arrival in Huddersfield, he worked for many years at Birmingham Polytechnic, rising to become a Dean.

He said: "The first three years were hard and there were a number of problems.

"Over the last 10 years we have had good people here and the growth of student numbers, which have doubled, has meant that more young people have been given the opportunity of an excellent education."

Prof Arthur, originally from the North East and still a passionate Newcastle United fan, originally met artist Mr Byrne a year ago at an awards event.

Mr Byrne, 34, of Manchester, worked on the roads until he was forced to stop through ill health.

He went back into education, taking a Fine Art degree at Huddersfield.

He said: "It's a bit of a switch from working on the roads to doing a fine art degree, but it's something I always wanted to do.

"I thought it would be a great opportunity to help my career path and with my portfolio to have someone of Fen's standing in there.

"I'm very pleased he let me do it and I'm pleased with the result.

"I believe it's my best work.

Prof Arthur added: "My wife says she's looking forward to having two of me in the house!"