Portrait of  Robert Silkstone Robert Silkstone

r.silkstone@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472110


Robert Silkstone joined the University and the School of Art, Design & Architecture as a part time lecturer in 2009 delivering modules in digital and visual communication techniques across both Transport Design BA (Hons) and Product Design BA/BSc (Hons).

Since 2014 Robert has been a full time member of staff. In September 2014 Robert was appointed leader of year 1 Product Design BA/BSc (Hons) and in September 2016 became leader of the final year and final major project module. Robert is also personal tutor to all final year students studying Product Design BA/BSc.

Robert is a graduate of the University of Huddersfield graduating with a 1:1 BA (Hons) in Transport Design.

Before joining the Department of Architecture and 3D Design Robert has worked for over a decade in the product design and transport design industries with experience working for a number of companies including Concept Group International, CAD CAM Automotive and Ford. Robert is the founder of Industrial North Design Ltd a British watch company and former director of Silkstone Design & Development Ltd, an industrial design and innovation company.


Research and Scholarship

Robert is currently undertaking a PhD with investigatory research centred on the management of the design and development of products and specifically how the use of digital tools influence this process. His research is focussed on the margin between physical and digital concept modelling and how this can influence kinaesthetic understanding for novice designers.

Robert is an active researcher as part of the product design team and is also currently involved in a number of ongoing research and enterprise projects. A recent example of this is the WAAA! Project, a finalist in UNICEF's Wearables for Good challenge in conjunction with Dr David Swann. Robert was responsible for the design and 3D modelling of the device.



Publications and Other Research Outputs


Unver, E., Benincasa-Sharman, C., Silkstone, R., Norris, P., Stockton, G. and Russel, P. (2017) Design and Development of Alternative Vectorthotic Insole: Technical Report Technical Report submitted to HealthStep ltd. (Submitted)

Unver, E., Sorbie, C., Silkstone, R. and Kagioglou, M. (2017) ‘Scalp Cooling Cap Design Using Anthropometric & 3D scan data’. In: HUDDERSFIELD MATERIALS FORUM, Thu 12 January 2017, 09:30 – 15:30,, Brontë Lecture Theatres, Huddersfield


Unver, E., Sorbie, C., Silkstone, R., Kagioglou, M., Paxman, R. and Burke, P. (2016) ‘Design and Development of a Medical Product Using 3D Technologies: Scalp Cooling Cap Design Case Study’. In: International Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing (S2M), 20 - 22 Oct, 2016, Portugal

Silkstone, R., Anderson, B., Broadbent, M., Brumwell, C. and Edward, D. (2016) ‘A door lock only accessible from one side at a time’. In: Secure Societies Institute Launch, 17th March 2016, 3m Buckley Innovation Centre, Huddersfield

Silkstone, R., Greenwood, O., Hoare, J. and Marriott-Manning, C. (2016) ‘Using light and sound to make a house seem occupied’. In: Secure Societies Institute Launch, 17th March 2016, 3m Buckley Innovation Centre, Huddersfield

Silkstone, R., Saxon, K., Seal, J. and Starling, J. (2016) ‘A lock shielding door handle that sits flush to the case’. In: Secure Societies Institute Launch, 17th March 2016, 3m Buckley Innovation Centre, Huddersfield


Unver, E., Silkstone, R. and Swann, D. (2015) Design, development, and prototyping of a bike chain & gear mechanism cleaning product Sentini Marine (Unpublished)


Robert has been instrumental in introducing live projects to year one Product Design. Working collaboratively with Professor Rachel Armitage Director of the University’s Secure Societies Institute and Christopher Joyce, Force Crime Prevention Officer for West Yorkshire Police valuable research has been embedded in design projects in 2015 and 2016 leading to a number of publications:

Robert is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Enterprise Activities

2015/16 – Bicycle maintenance product design and development in collaboration with industry partners Sentini Marine Ltd

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Teaching and Professional Activities

Robert is the leader of year 1 Product Design BA/BSc (Hons) and year 1 personal tutor and he also leads two core modules on year one Product Design BA/BSc (Hons) Product Design, TFD1190 Digital & Visual Communication and TFD1192 Creative Thinking for Product Design.

Robert is also responsible for recruitment activities as part of his role, interviewing prospective students and participating in events and talks at FE colleges and schools. In addition Robert manages coordination of the graduate exhibitions both on campus and at New Designers in London.