• York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

  • 1 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Personal profile


Janet Coulter has 30 years of experience working in Fashion and Textiles industry. She has industrial experience, working in the Fashion Industry in Paris, London and Northern Ireland before entering academia.

Academic Qualifications

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

Her current PhD research is in the field of e-fashion, investigating the potential of e-clothing to act as a barometer to manage stress and wellbeing in female students. Janet has been a lecturer at Ulster University since 1999 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Fashion in the Belfast School of Art in 2009.  She has previously served as Course Director and Placement coordinator on BDes. Textile and Fashion Design Degree Course.  


Faculty Roles

  • Faculty e-Learning coordinator (2004-2006) in Faculty of Arts
  • Director of Academic Enterprise in Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment (2007-2016) with responsibility for leading industry-academia research and enterprise within the creative industries.  She was awarded the Distinguished Fellowship for Enterprise by Ulster in 2013


Professional Qualifications

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy since 2014 (SFHEA)
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM5)
  • Aurora alumna, Women in Leadership Programme
  • Fellow of Higher Education and Research Practice (FCHERP)



  • Distinguished Enterprise Fellow 2013
  • Intertrade Ireland Award for Outstanding Innovation 2014
  • Rolls Royce Science Prize Winner 2018
  • Distinguished Fellow of Educational Excellence in Innovation 2019


Research interests:

  • Wearable Textile Technologies for fashion to support emotive health
  • Multidisciplinary co-design across design and science.  In 2017 she was awarded a Rolls Royce Science Prize 2017 for interdisciplinary research project in e-textiles.
  • Virtual/3D and future Pattern engineering technologies 
  • Multidisciplinary and co-Design approaches to Design and Science
  • e-Textiles to address gender imbalance in STEM


Key Grants:

  • Key involvement in 2 AHRC grants                    (£49,377)
  • Principal investigator on 5 KTP programmes       (£595,512  R-coded)
  • Principal Investigator on 3 FUSION Projects       (104,950)
  • Other R-Coded                                                (£32,000 R-Coded)
  • Consultancy                                                    (£38,000)
  • HEIF/Connected/Student Enterprise/European   (£84,718)  
  • Managed £50,000 (R-coded) of Higher Education Innovation Fund Awards annually as Director of Academic Enterprise in Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment (2007-2016)

External positions

External Examiner, Robert Gordon University

1 Sep 2015 → …

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

1 Mar 201331 Dec 2018


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

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Research Output

  • 1 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 3 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Anthology
Open Access
  • 16 Downloads (Pure)

    Spheres of Practice for the Co-design of Wearables

    Fairburn, S., Steed, J. & Coulter, J., 12 Dec 2016, In : Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice. 4, 1, p. 85-109

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 63 Downloads (Pure)

    Supporting the Student Experience by Developing Student Entrepreneurs

    Coulter, J., 6 May 2015, Unknown Host Publication. Ulster University, 26 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Open Access
  • 3 Downloads (Pure)

    Embedding creative Processes in the Development of Soft Body Armour: Physiological, Aesthetic, Functionality and Strategic Challenges

    Coulter, J., 2013, Innovation through Knowledge Transfer 2012 Series: Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, Vol. 18. Berlin Heidelberg 2013: Springer, Vol. 2013. p. 1-12

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)


    Distinguished Education Excellence Fellow

    Coulter, Janet (Recipient), 13 Mar 2019

    Prize: Honorary award

  • Distinguished Enterprise Fellowship

    Coulter, Janet (Recipient), Dec 2013

    Prize: Honorary award

  • Activities

    23rd International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM 2017

    Justin Magee (Chair), , Frank Lyons (Member of programme committee), , Kyle Boyd (Member of programme committee), , Brian Bridges (Member of programme committee), , Helen Jackson (Member of programme committee), , Karen Reid (Member of programme committee), , Yuanyuan Chen (Member of programme committee), , Janet Coulter (Member of programme committee), , Conann Fitzpatrick Alvarez-Casado (Member of programme committee), , Alison Gault (Member of programme committee), , John Harding (Member of programme committee), , Adrian Hickey (Member of programme committee), , Alan Hook (Member of programme committee), , Liam Mc Comish (Member of programme committee), , Alec Parkin (Member of programme committee), , Terry Quigley (Member of programme committee), & Jill Spratt (Member of programme committee)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Fashion Futures

    Janet Coulter (Speaker)

    22 Feb 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    International Clothing, Textiles Research Journal (Journal)

    Janet Coulter (Reviewer)

    2015 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

    Journal of Fashion Technology and Textile Engineering (Journal)

    Janet Coulter (Member of editorial board)

    2015 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work