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Steven Kyffin


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Professor Steven Kyffin was appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Enterprise) in September 2016, having previously been Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences since September 2012 and Dean of Northumbria School of Design since January 2010.   


Before joining Northumbria University, from 1998, Steven spent 12 years with Royal Philips Electronics in the Netherlands, where he was Senior Director of Design Research and Innovation, responsible for Design Research world-wide, a member of the Philips Design Global Management Team, and headed up Philips Design's European Commission Research activities.


During the early part of his career, he worked on a wide range of assignments for several London based design consultancies. In 1988 he started his own design company and in the early 1990s joined the academic staff at the RCA, becoming Director of Industrial Design from 1995-98.


Steven holds an Adjunct Professorship in Monash University, Melbourne Australia. He was Chief Scientific Officer (Design Research) and core member of the 'driving team' in the founding of the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Technical University of Eindhoven

Education/Academic qualification

Civil Law, Honorary Doctorate, University of Northumbria at Newcastle

… → 2009

Design, Master, Royal College of Art


Industrial Design, Honours, University of Northumbria at Newcastle


External positions

Fellow, Royal College of Art


Fellow, Royal Society of Arts


Member, Chartered Society of Designers


Research area keywords

  • industrial design
  • design
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