Ian Doust first arrived at UNSW in the late 1980s, when he took up a Lecturer position in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

During his time in the School, he was the Head of Pure Mathematics for over eight years, during three separate stints, and served as Director of Postgraduate Studies (Candidature and Examination) for four years. He coordinated the organisation of the School's annual Postgraduate Conference during this time, and fostered a positive and supportive community among the PhD cohort. 

Ian also provided research supervision for several students, including eight PhD students, four Masters students and 15 Honours students.

A long time staff member, Ian has been with the School since 1989 and has made innumerable valuable contributions since that time", said Head of School Professor Adelle Coster.

"I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to Ian, and also wish him all the best for a wonderful and well-deserved retirement, which I hope includes an ongoing relationship with the School.” 

Happily, Ian will continue his association with the School as an Honorary Associate Professor. He is still helping with the supervision of a couple of students, and plans on doing some work with the PhD students more generally on mathematical writing and communication skills.

"I'll still be around the School quite a lot doing research and other things. But I am also looking forward to having a bit more flexibility to travel without being so tied to teaching schedules", Ian said. 

"I am very grateful to both my colleagues and my students for making my working life here so enjoyable. I'll miss the teaching a little - but not the marking!"

We wish Ian all the very best for his retirement, and thank him for being a wonderful colleague.