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Justin Magee

Justin Magee

Senior Lecturer in Product Design

Course Director - BDes Design and Communication

Faculty of Arts Co-ordinator of Academic Enterprise

Distinguished Business Fellow

School of Creative Arts
University of Ulster
Northland Road

Work: (028) 716-75355


  1. PhD in 3D digital modelling of spinal posture, University of Ulster 2010
  2. Distinguished Business Fellowship, University of Ulster 2007
  3. PG Cert. in University Teaching, University of Ulster 2001
  4. BA Hons in Transport Design, Coventry University 1996
  5. BTech HND in Product and Graphic Design, University of Ulster 1992




BDes Hons Design and Communication (Design)
BSc Hons Creative Technologies (CT)
Supervisor - Innovation and Creative Enterprise: Project Supervisor - Innovation and Creative Enterprise: Business Plan


Justin Magee, is a Senior Lecturer in Product design, within the School of Creative Arts and is the Coordinator for Academic Enterprise for the Faculty of Arts. He was educated in traditional Product Design at the University of Ulster (1992) and immediately afterwards in transport design at the prestigious Coventry University and Pforzheim FHG (1994), design Schools graduating in 1996. In 2007 he received the ‘Distinguished Business Fellowship’ from the University of Ulster in recognition of the high level of commercial and outreach engagement. He completed his PhD research on 3D digital modelling of spinal posture (2010). He is Course Director for the BDes Design and Communication programme, teaches on several programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level and previously was placement coordinator for six years. In 2002 he was invited to the IDSA (Alabama) to deliver automotive visualisation workshops to the education sector as a visiting professor, and teaches Auburn students each year when they visit Ireland on their annual design trip. He is external examiner for the MA in Design Professional Practice in DIT, Dublin and is one of the International Judges for,  an international, non profit organisation to promote active citizenship through the medium of design. Along with other design colleagues he promotes live projects and enterprise as part of his teaching and design students have had much success including winners of the Kaufmann Fellowship, RTE young Artist of the Year, finalists in 25K Awards and Dare to be Digital as well as securing funds from Invest NI,  BIL and SPEED. He teaches 3D design processes and principles, across real and virtual products and computer modelling techniques.


As a practicing product designer since 1995, he has worked at national and international level for corporate giants as well as SME and individual clients on over 63. His work included automotive design, consumer products, medical products, toy design, engineering enclosures, and special-needs application. Some client examples include Smart MCC, Mercedes A and M Class, Porsche Cayenne (Germany), LEGO Systems  (Denmark) and Randox Laboratories. As a UUTech Design consultant he has worked on 29 client projects since 2002 raising over £120K income. Along with a design colleague they received the coveted Pet Fashion Week 2008, Global Product Innovation Award for their HugX dog bowls, against tight competition from Alessi, the Italian Design House. He is on the board of Directors for Leardon Solutions, California. He has been involved with numerous Knowledge transfer activities spanning Ulster’s Innovator Promoter Programme, NORIBIC’s Western Innovation Network and Technology Signpost programme, Invest NI’s  Design Development Programme and Innovation Vouchers, DTi’s Knowledge Transfer Programmes and has been involved in the generation of Intellectual property in both Registered Designs and Patent applications. As lead for Academic Enterprise in the Faculty of Arts, he promotes and supports enterprise and entrepreneurship with business and the curriculum. He has increased the faculties consultancy and Knowledge Transfer activity over this past few years.


He is a member of the Institute of designers in Ireland and a full member of the NHS HPSS Recognised Research Group for Trauma and Rehabilitation. He is research active being involved in the Research Assessment Exercises (RAE 2001 and RAE2008) and has been acting Director for the Art and Design Research Institute (2005) and is a member of the Art and Design Research Institute. His profile can be viewed here. He presently serves on the Arts and Humanities Research Ethics Committee. He has had success with internal and external project and research funding totalling more than £850K and has personally been involved in over £3 Million of applications. He is the Principle Investigator for two RCUK Academic Fellowships in ‘Digital Human Exploration’ (2006-2012), these alone are worth £250K.


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