Professor Steven Kyffin was appointed 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. He has a Master of Design, Industrial Design, Royal College of Art London and a Hon Doc of Civil Law from Northumbria University.
Of the past thirty years, Steven has spent ten in the London’s Design consulting businesses; ten in academia, including Director of Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art and prior to joining Northumbria University, Steven spent ten years in Corporate Design leadership as Director of the Global Design Research group in Philips Electronics.
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 part-time tutoring staff at the RCA.
Steven joined Royal Philips Electronics in the Netherlands in 1998 where, as Senior Director of Design Research and Innovation, he was responsible for Design Research world-wide. As a member of the Philips Design Global Management Team, Steven headed up Philips Design’s European Commission Research activities and led Philips Design’s University Relations Programme.
Steven acts as a European Commission research program reviewer and holds Adjunct Professorships in Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Monash University, Melbourne Australia. He was Chief Scientific Officer (Design Research) and core member of the ‘driving team’ in the founding of the recently formed Faculty of Industrial Design at the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where he now chairs their International Advisory board.