Professor David Vaughan is the Principal of Cumbria Institute of
the Arts and was formerly Head of Design at Sheffield Hallam
University until 1991.
From a degree education at Bath Academy of Art in Three
Dimensional Design/Ceramics, he became Resident Artist in Ceramics
at Lancaster University in 1968.
From there he taught at Liverpool John Moores University and
University of Wales Cardiff Institute, becoming Course Leader for
the BA (Hons) Degree in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics at the
University of Brighton in 1979 and subsequently Head of
In 1988 he was seconded to the CNAA as Associate Registrar for
Art, Design and Performing Arts, moving to Sheffield in 1989.
In 1969 he was awarded a Finnish Government Fellowship and in
1976 a Churchill Fellowship 'to look at Japan through its ceramic
art and design'.
He has continued to travel extensively including China, Australia
and the USA.
He has exhibited work in ceramics both at home and abroad and is
included in a number of public and private collections.
He was a member of the Crafts Council and Chair of the Council's
Education Committee from 1990 to 1997.
He was a member of Northern Arts Board from 1993 and Vice Chair
between 1998 and 2000.
From 1996 to 2000 he was also Vice Chair of CHEAD (Council for
Higher Education in Art and Design).
He is chair of GLAD (the Group for Learning in Art and Design),
Chair of the HEAD Trust (Higher Education Art and Design Trust), and
a member of the council of SCOP (Standing Conference of
He currently Chairs the Management Board for the national higher
education Learning and Teaching Subject Network - Subject Centre for
Art, Design and Communications based at the University of
He is a Director of the Northern Cultural Skills Partnership and
a member of the Employing Creativity - Programme Management Group
based at North West Arts.