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Professor Justin Magee

Interim Associate Dean (Research & Impact)

Profile image of Professor Justin Magee


Dean's Office (Arts, Hum & Social Sc)


Art and Design Research


Room BA-04-008 Belfast BT15 1ED



Dr Justin Magee, is the Research Director for the Belfast School of Art (UoA32) and a Senior Lecturer in Product design at Ulster University (since 2006).

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 and REF2014 and he leads the UoA32 strategy in preparation for REF2021.

He has served as Course and Subject Director (2009-2016) at UG and PG level and placement coordinator (2000-2006, 2010-2015). He was Director for Academic Enterprise for the Faculty of Arts (2006-2011) and Acting Director of the Research Institute (2005). Ulster University awarded him the Distinguished Business Fellowship (2007) and the Impact Research Excellence Impact award for Knowledge Exchange (2017).

He is a member of the Institute of Designers (IDI, 2006), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA, 2012) and The Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD, 2017). 
Has secured £1,389,583 of external research funding and was a CI on the AHRC Creative Industries R&D Partnership (£13M). He was awarded £67,552 in HEIF awards and secured £88,098 soft funding. He has delivered £260,718 of Design consultancy through Innovation Ulster Limited.

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 75 commercial projects with SME’s in Ireland and the UK.

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 research received the Innovate UK Certificate of Excellence (2017), 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).