• York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom


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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)

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

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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