In 1971 he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the newly founded Ulster Polytechnic at Jordanstown, now Ulster University, whilst QUB’s Department of Applied Chemistry relocated to its main campus at Queens.
At the Ulster Polytechnic he served with distinction on a range of courses where his knowledge of Polymer, Colour and Materials Science was invaluable to the tuition offered in, for example, City & Guilds Higher Diploma in Textiles, Associateship of the Society of Dyers and Colourists, LRIC in Polymer Science and Polymer Chemistry aspects in Material Science (MSc in Plastics Engineering).
For many years he was an active member of a number of professional societies related to his academic position. These included The Royal Institute of Chemistry (FRIC, 1974), Royal Society of Chemistry, The Society of Dyers and Colourists (FSDC, 1979), the Plastics Institute, The Plastics and Rubber Institute (FPRI, 1985) and the Institute of Materials.
Throughout his long teaching career, Eric was highly respected by students and academic colleagues alike. His personal dedication to, and continued interest in the wellbeing of his students as they passed from his care to careers in research, industry and academia earned him their enduring friendship and respect. Although he retired early he maintained a keen interest in the academic and professional progression of his extended family and his former students alike.
A. A. Crangle, R. Cromie