THREE senior members of staff have retired from Huddersfield University.
The three are planning administrative officer Dr John Coomber, health and safety adviser Dr Mike Boryslawskyj and Prof Derek Ford, professor of precision engineering.
They received retirement gifts from university vice-chancellor Prof John Tarrant.
Dr Coomber, of Kirkburton, joined the university in 1972 with a degree in chemistry. He gained a PhD from the University of Wales and carried out post-doctoral work at the University of Wales and the University of California.
He spent more than two years as a research scientist in the nuclear reactor division of the Central Electricity Generating Board before joining the then Huddersfield Polytechnic's department of applied chemistry and applied biological sciences.
He taught physical chemistry at all levels, supervised research students and, for four years, was senior course tutor for the applied chemistry degree.
Since 1992, he has played a major role in planning for the university and was its chief link with the funding council for universities.
Dr Boryslawskyj, who lives at Crosland Moor, began his career as a technician in the chemistry department of the then College of Technology.
He became the first technician of the newly-formed biochemistry laboratory before progressing to senior technician and chief technician for the whole department.
He studied sciences at Huddersfield Technical College and medical laboratory sciences at Leeds Polytechnic before gaining a PhD at Huddersfield University. He was appointed health and safety adviser in 1991 - helping the university gain awards for occupational health and safety from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Prof Ford, of Honley, retires after 27 years' involvement with the university.
He joined the university's department of control systems as a senior research fellow in 1992 after 36 years in manufacturing - but had been a visiting academic from 1978.
He later moved to the mechanical engineering department, where he became professor in 2000.
During his career in manufacturing, he worked on systems for aircraft inc- luding the Harrier, Jaguar, Concorde, Boeing 727 and Phantom, as well as working on the Rapier, Swingfire and Seawolf guided weapon systems.