Janet Coulter

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  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

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Dr Janet Coulter has a long-established career in Fashion and Textiles and has a wealth of experience in fashion design, technology, manufacturing and management, gained from working in both the fashion industry and academia. She has worked internationally in the Fashion Industry in Paris, London and Northern Ireland before entering academia. Janet was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Fashion in 2009. She has previously served as Course Director on BDes. Textile and Fashion Design Degree Course. Her research interests are in Fashion Technology; Bio Textiles; 3D simulated Fashion. She has presented and published her work internationally. She is currently external examiner in Fashion Textiles at Dundee University and previously at RGU, Aberdeen and Griffiths, Dublin. She has been external fashion validator for QQI, De Montfort University and Sri Lanka Design Academy.

Janet holds a PhD in Fashion Technology exploring e-textiles to read subconscious biometric responses from the body to support student wellbeing. She has previously researched across design and science to address gender issues in STEM and was awarded the Rolls Royce Science prize. Her research into thermoplastically moulded bulletproof armour for female officers was commericalised and taken up by NATO for deployment to Afghanistan.

She works extensively with industry and has led 8 KTP/FUSION projects, 8 Innovation vouchers, numerous collaborative projects, worked on 3 AHRC projects, and has attracted £831,830 funding.

Her current research interests are in Virtual/3D augmented fashion and digital pattern-engineering technologies and developing bio-textiles for sustainable fashion in the circular economy.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD Fashion Technology 
  • MBA
  • MSc. Multimedia Computer Based Learning with Education
  • Post Grad Dip. Higher Education  
  • BA (Hons) Textile and Fashion Design

Professional Qualifications

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Diploma in Leadership and Management (Dip.LM)
  • Aurora alumna, Women in Leadership Programme
  • Fellow of Higher Education and Research Practice (FCHERP)
  • Member of Institute of Irish Designers (MIDI)

Faculty Leadership Experience

  • Prvious Faculty e-Learning coordinator,Faculty of Arts
  • Previous Director of Academic Enterprise, Faculty of Art, Design & Built Environment  with responsibility for leading industry-academia research and enterprise within the creative industries. 


  • Distinguished Enterprise Fellow , Ulster University                     
  • Outstanding Innovation Award, Intertrade Ireland                       
  • Rolls Royce Science Prize Winner                                                 
  • Distinguished Educational Excellence in Innovative Practice Award   

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy

Master, MSc. Multimedia Computer Based Learning with Education

Dip. Management and Leadership (ILM5), Institute of Leadership and Management

Master, Post Graduate Dip. Further and Higher Education

Fellow of Centre of Higher Education and Research Practice, The Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP)

Bachelor, BA (Hons) Textile and Fashion Design

Foundation Diploma Art and Design , Ulster University

Master, MBA - Masters of Business Administration, Ulster University Business School

PhD, An exploration into the design and evaluation of E-Fashion Wearables to support student wellbeing, Ulster University Doctoral College

External positions

External Validator, Academy of Design, Sri Lanka

External Validator, De Montford University

External Validator, QQI - Qualifications and Quality Assurance in Higher Education

External Examiner, Robert Gordon University

External Examiner, University of Dundee


  • TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
  • Fashion
  • Textiles
  • Wearable Technology
  • Pattern Engineering
  • 3D simulated fashion
  • e-fashion
  • e-textiles
  • Design for Wellbeing
  • Circular Economy fashion
  • Sustainability
  • Design Thinking
  • Bio-Textiles
  • Smart textiles
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Metaverse


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