• York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

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Biography

Janet has 30 years of experience working in Fashion and Textiles, and worked internationally in the Fashion Industry in Paris, London and Northern Ireland before entering academia. Janet has lectured at Ulster University since 1999 and 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 and 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 and Sri Lanka Academy.

Janet’s PhD research in fashion technology explored 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 3D bulletproof armour for female officers. 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.

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 significant research funding.

 

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD Fashion Technology (pending)
  • 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 (ILM5)
  • Aurora alumna, Women in Leadership Programme
  • Fellow of Higher Education and Research Practice (FCHERP)

Faculty Roles

  • Faculty e-Learning coordinator (2004-2006),Faculty of Arts
  • Director of Academic Enterprise, Faculty of Art, Design & Built Environment (2007-2017) with responsibility for leading industry-academia research and enterprise within the creative industries. 

Awards

  • Distinguished Enterprise Fellow , Ulster University                       2013
  • Outstanding Innovation Award, Intertrade Ireland                       2014
  • Rolls Royce Science Prize Winner                                                2018
  • Distinguished Educational Excellence in Innovative Practice Award 2019

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education Academy

20132014

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

The Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP)

2014 → …

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

20122013

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

Master

19982000

Award Date: 1 Jul 2000

Master

19921994

Award Date: 1 Jul 1994

Master

19891992

Award Date: 1 Jul 1992

Bachelor

19851987

Award Date: 1 Jul 1987

19841985

Award Date: 1 Jul 1985

PhD, Ulster University Doctoral College

2017 → …

External positions

External Validator

2020 → …

External Validator, De Montford University

2020 → …

External Examiner, University of Dundee

20202024

External Examiner, Robert Gordon University

1 Sep 2015 → …

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

1 Mar 201331 Dec 2018

Keywords

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

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