Gemma Teal

Job Title:

Research Fellow & Innovation Designer, Innovation School


Innovation School


Community Engagement
Gemma designs tools to co-design with the community.

Community Engagement


Gemma Teal

I am a designer and researcher working in the area of health and wellbeing.
My work focuses on opening up the design process to include academic researchers from other disciplines, industry partners, health professionals, people with health conditions or members of the public. In order to do this I use co-design methods, innovative community engagement and insight gathering tools, workshops, visualisation and prototyping. I apply these approaches to design people centred services, products and digital interfaces.

My project work includes:
- Project lead, dallas: working in partnership with the Health and Social Care Alliance (The Alliance), GSA are delivering community engagement, communication and design innovation to support the development and delivery of the dallas (Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale) Programme in Scotland. Funded jointly by the Technology Strategy Board, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, ‘Living it up’ is one of 4 dallas communities aiming to show how assisted living technologies and services can be used to promote wellbeing and provide top quality health and care, enabling people to live independently.
- Designer/researcher and manager, mappmal: multidisciplinary ESRC funded study which resulted in a prototype system for improved food provision to older people in hospital:
- No Delays

Prior to this I worked for a large science and technology consultancy undertaking human factors, innovation and market analysis for the defence sector and product design for commercial customers.

I graduated with a first class Masters degree in Product Design Engineering from GSA/Glasgow University.