• York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

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Research Interests

Justin Magee is a professor of Design and the Interim Associate Dean for Research & Impact (AHSS). His academic discipline is product design. He was Research Director for the Belfast School of Art (UoA32) from 2017-2021, leading the REF2021 submission. He received the Ulster University Distinguished Business Fellowship 2007, Research Excellence award for KE in 2017 and the Research Excellence Award for Business partnerships of the year under 250 employees in 2020.

His research focuses on digital human modelling, user experience and immersion for physical and digital product applications, in Arts and Health. His work was returned in the RAE2001, RAE2008, REF2014 and REF2021 including leading an Impact Case Study.

Since 2001, he has had a sustained record of multi-disciplinary and multiagency research income securing £7,607,167 across 20 awards (excludes match funding of circa £5,700,000) from AHRC, RCUK, DCAL, Innovate UK, WHSCT, NHSCT, HSC R&D/PHA, RCUK and ConnectED. He is a Co-investigator on one of the nine national AHRC Creative Industries Clusters (Future Screens NI). 12 awards were as PI (£702,135) with additional funding (not R-coded) related to research and impact totalling £49,407 from DCAL, Invest NI/ ERDF/DCC, INTERREG IIIA, HSCNI, HPSS. He has applied for £10,677,657 across 39 awards.

As a design consultant he has worked for LEGO Systems, Denmark, GE Plastics (Germany and UK) on contracts with Mercedes, Audi, Porsche etc., Smart Car and as a design consultant on over 80 commercial projects with SME’s in Ireland and the UK. He has generated >£271,518 through Innovation Ulster Ltd. He has been involved in nine Invention disclosures, 3 patents and is an IP stakeholder in 3 collaborative research projects with HSC Innovations.

His recent KTP activity with CDE Global and Axial3D received Innovate UK Certificates of Excellence (2017, 2020). One featured as a case study for the NCUB State of the Art report (2018) and a finalist at the THELMAs for KE initiative of the year (2018). They were part of an Impact Case Study for REF2021.

He has also served as:

  • Course and Subject Director (2009-2016) at UG and PG level
  • Placement coordinator (2000-2006, 2010-2015)
  • Director for Academic Enterprise for the Faculty of Arts (2006-2011)
  • Acting Director of the Research Institute (2005)

He is a member of the Institute of Designers (IDI, 2006), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA, 2020) and The Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD, 2017). In 2020 he was appointed as CHEAD Research Alliance Strategy Group member. He held an external appointment on the HSC NI Office for Research Ethics Committees (2017-2019). He has peer-reviewed on several Journals across design, medical engineering, creative industries and entrepreneurship including the Design Journal. 

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Advance HE

31 May 2026 → …

Award Date: 26 May 2020

The Higher Education Academcy

10 May 201231 May 2026

Award Date: 10 May 2012


1 Apr 20041 Dec 2009

Award Date: 28 Apr 2010

Bachelor, Coventry University

1 Sep 199230 May 1996

Award Date: 1 Nov 1996

External positions

External Examiner: MA Automotive & Transport Design

16 Dec 201930 Sep 2021

External Examiner: MSc Industrial Product Design / MSc Design & Transport, Coventry University

1 Mar 201730 Sep 2021

Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland (ORECNI) - Lay member

1 Jan 201731 Jan 2019


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  • HeartAttach: Guidewire separator

    Magee, J., Peace, A. & Kelly, R., 9 Jan 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formDevice/Product

  • axial3d Insight

    Harpur, A., Haslam, N., McGrath, S., Fu Wu, S., Morales Cantana, E., Cooke, T., Donnelly, L., Magee, J. & Wilson, S., 18 Jun 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formSoftware

    Open Access
    45 Downloads (Pure)
  • Believably immersive VR experiences within the mining industry

    Magee, J., Quigley, T., McGroarty, P., Craven, P. & Vallelly, K., 7 Mar 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

    Open Access
    142 Downloads (Pure)
  • Hand Support for a Bow

    Porter, M., Magee, J., Doherty, L. & Wilson, IM., 24 May 2018, IPC No. G10D 3/16 (2006.01), World Intellectual Property Organisation, Patent No. WO 2018/091399 A1, 13 Nov 2017, Priority date 15 Nov 2016, Priority No. 1619317.9

    Research output: Patent

    Open Access
    18 Downloads (Pure)
  • PUPI: Pressure Ulcer Prevention Innovation

    Magee, J., Quinn, JP., Porter, M. & McSwiggan, R., 9 Oct 2020

    Research output: Non-textual formDesign