Andrea Taylor MA (RCA), BA

Job Title:

Research Fellow, School of Design


School of Design



Rehabilitation over a distance
in collaboration with the Centre for Rural Health and NHS Highland

Rehabilitation over a distance


Andrea Taylor

Andrea Taylor is a Research Fellow (0.8FTE) within the School of Design at The Glasgow School of Art (GSA). She has a research and supervisory interest in user-centred design of products, services and systems that use technology to support health and wellbeing. In particular, digital technologies for mental health, and telecare and telehealth. She has presented nationally and internationally, and as invited speaker at the V&A museum.

Andrea has worked in a research capacity on a number of projects at GSA, including the following:

Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network
One of eight networks bringing researchers, charities and other organisations together to address important mental health research questions. Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

21st Century Telecare
GSA Product Designing Engineering (PDE) student project involving research and development of telecare solutions that help people to live in the community safely. Funded by the Small Business Research Institute (SBRI).

Research and development of a mobile service to support young people to find and keep a home, including young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Funded by the European Social Fund.

Young people’s mental health
A series of exploratory projects on young people’s mental health, including a review and survey on digital technology for promoting mental wellbeing, research and development of school resources, and a review of mental health education in the area where the research was conducted. Funded by the Mental Health Innovation Fund.

Virtual Hospice
A series of projects to support the development of an e-health system (‘virtual hospice’) to improve access to care services provided by a hospice serving a largely remote and rural population. Funded by the Digital Health Institute (DHI) and Interface.

Ageing Population Attitudes to Sensor Controlled Home Energy (APAtSCHE)
A review of energy saving technology for ageing populations by GSA PDE students, followed by the development of design principles and concepts by the research team. Funded by EPSRC.

Research and development of a videoconferencing system to deliver a pulmonary rehabilitation programme to a group of patients with COPD in their own homes via the Internet, improving accessibility, followed by two feasibility trials with patients. Funded by Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

Andrea studied interaction design at the Royal College of Art and holds a 1st Class Honours Degree in visual communication design. Before joining GSA, Andrea worked as a Research Assistant at MIT Media Lab Europe. Other professional experience includes design and programming of interactive exhibits (London Science Museum) and multimedia learning materials (University of Strathclyde), teaching BA Graphic Design New Media (Surrey Institute of Art and Design) and BA Graphic Information Design (University of Westminster), and freelancing for various design agencies as an interaction designer and typo/graphic designer.