Lecturer and Module Leader, UX Design MA (Online)

Liz Coulter-Smith (MFA, BFA, PGCHE, PGCertResMeth) is a researcher, designer/creative coder, educator and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She has worked as an academic for over 20 years in faculties of computing, visual arts, digital media & communications, with an emphasis on user experience design related to web design and development (since 2003).

Liz has worked on large commercial projects, including entrepreneurial and enterprise initiatives in user experience design (UXD), web and mobile application development. Between 2012 and 2016, Liz coordinated and set up a digital incubator (RGU) and a student-led web agency at the University of Worcester, where she led projects including a mobile training app for Scania Trucks and a public service site for Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service.

As an arts practitioner, Liz has given numerous conference papers, exhibited internationally (AU, USA, UK) and secured artist residencies and project grants in France, Australia and the USA.

Liz's publications span a broad range of topics from Art-based Games, AI in HE, Locative Media to Animation History. Her most recent publication will be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2022 and is titled 'The AI Economy and Higher Education' in the edited book by Andreas Kaplan 'Digital Transformation and Disruption of Higher Education'.

Liz is currently working towards a practice-based PhD investigating 'Computational Creativity and Co-Creation using GANs' in the faculty of Digital Art & Technology at the University of Plymouth.

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Year Qualification Awarding body
2015 PGCHE University of Worcester
2001 PGCertResMeth Southampton Solent University
1984 Master of Fine Art (MFA) University of Georgia
1982 Bachelor of Fine Art Miami University

Honors and awards

Year Description

Innovative & Tech Savvy Lecturer of the Year Award. STaR Awards Initiative. University of Northampton.


Google Cloud Program (2017-2019). Education Grant 18k. Awarded by Google Education, Mountain View, California, USA.


Analytics Data Labs Project (2018). KEF team member. JISC/HESA/HEFCE funded, KEF Data Visualisation and Business Intelligence project.


Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Interdisciplinary research, computational creativity, GANs, augmented intelligence, UX, artificial intelligence and machine learning in higher education, attention multitasking in the classroom, and digital pedagogy.


Areas of teaching

  • Business Intelligence
  • Digital Media Technologies
  • HCI
  • User Centred Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Web Development and Design

Courses taught

  • User Experience Design MA (Online)

Professional Engagement

Engagement with professional associations and societies

  • British Computer Society (BCS), 2020 – present.
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) , 2020 – present.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK, 2014 – present.
  • Association for Learning Technology (ALT), UK, 2013 – present.
  • Higher Education Entrepreneurship Group (HEEG), UK, 2014 – present.
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2001 – present.