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Dr Gill Owens

Principal Lecturer (Staffing and Resources)

Gill Owens

About Gill Owens

Gill's moved from industry in to academia after gaining a first class honors’ degree in Psychology at Teesside University before registering for a PhD (awarded 2014).  Her desire to pass on her combined business experience and understanding of people to students naturally led to securing a lecturing post at Teesside University Business School.

Gill has significant experience at Main Board Level within a number of sectors and is familiar with all elements of business.  However, Gill's main interests lie in the application of psychological theory within organisations focussing on employee health and wellbeing.  More specifically, key areas of interest are the working environment and its impact on employee psychological wellbeing, the use of positive psychology to foster effective working relationships and collaboration as a tool to develop stability and growth in organisations.

Gill is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a trustee of the Give a Kidney foundation.  Gill also remains as a director and shareholder of a local property management and development organisation. 

Research interests and activities

Gill’s main research interest is in developing new learning experiences and environments for students which in turn will enhance their university experience.

Learning and teaching interests

Gill is interested in adopting 21st century teaching methods to help develop enhanced student experience in the classroom.  Current research activity includes:  Students as partners/co-creators of curriculum and students as teachers. 

Enterprise interest and activities

Using her knowledge of Positive Psychology and adopting a coaching methodology Gill is happy to engage with employers on staff development activities for CPD portfolios.  

In the news

  • Generation ageless
    Luxe Magazine, p54, 02/07/2018
    Dr Gill Owens talks about her life, her role in Teesside University Business School and donating a kidney to a stranger.


  • Gill Owens wins Silver at World Transplant Games
    BBC Radio Tees, Mike Parr, 23/03/2018
    Gill Owens talks to Mike Parr about donating a kidney to a stranger and becoming the world's fastest altruistic kidney donor.


  • Teesside University lecturer wins silver at Transplant Games
    ITV,com, 03/07/2017; ITV.com (web) 08/07/2017;
    Dr Gill Owens has won silver at the Transplant Games.


  • BBC Radio Tees, Mike Parr
    BBC Radio Tees, 04/07/2017
    Gill Owens talks about winning silver at the World Transplant Games.


  • ITV 1 TT N, Gill Owen
    ITV 1 TT N,21/06/201
    Dr Gill Owen speaks to ITV about Altruistic Kidney Donation, Dr Gill Owens, Teesside University academic, interviewed as she prepares for World Transplant Games in Malaga.


  • Giving it Up
    Living North, 01/06/2017
    Teesside University lecturer, Gill Owens talks about taking part in the World Transplant Games in Malaga on 25 June.


  • Teesside University lecturer to take part in World Transplant Games in Spain
    Northern Echo, 11/04/2017; Northern Echo web, 11/04/2017; Darlington & Stockton Times web, 11/04/2017; Northern Echo, 12/04/2017
    Dr Gill Owens, an academic at Teesside University, is taking part in the World Transplant Games.


  • Teesside academic prepares for international sporting event
    North East Connected (Web) 10/04/2017:Love Middlesbrough (Web) 10/04/2017:Public (Web)11/04/2017
    Teesside University academic Gill Owens is preparing to compete in a major international sporting event as a result of donating a kidney to a complete stranger.


  • World Transplant Games in Malaga
    BBC Radio Tees 22/03/2017
    Dr Gill Owens talks about her training regime as she prepares to compete in the World Transplant Games in Malaga


  • Dr Gill Owens and the World Transplant Games
    North East Connected, 31/10/2016; Star Radio North East, 04/11/2016
    Dr Gill Owens talks about her involvement with the World Transplant Games.


  • Academic to compete in Tranplant Games
    BBC Tees, 2/11/2016
    Kidney donor Dr Gill Owens talks about her training plan after being invited to compete in the World Transplant Games in June next summer


  • Teesside International Women's Day 2016
    Love Middlesbrough, 04/02/16; North East Connected, 05/02/16; Northern Echo web, 05/02/16; Northern Echo, 06/02/16; Womensgrid, 11/02/16; Love Middlesbrough, 01/03/16: Northern Echo, 02/03/16; Evening Gazette, 02/03/16; Evening Gazette, 03/03/16
    Teesside University will be celebrating International Women's Day on 5th March. Dr Gill Owens will be a guest speaker.


  • Gill's giving the gift of life
    Evening Gazette, 30/10/2015
    Teesside University lecturer, Gill Owen donates kidney.


  • Gill shares her story
    BBC Tees, 29/10/15
    Dr Gill Owens was a guest on the afternoon show, talking about her experience as an altruistic kidney donor


  • I donated a kidney to a woman I'll never meet
    Express North (Web), 29/10/15
    Dr Gill Owens is committed to spreading the word about the NHS altruistic programme, having donated a kidney to a complete stranger


  • Special gift
    BBC Tees, 16/10/2015
    Dr Gill Owens shares her story as a living donor, ahead of a talk at Teesside University


  • Why I donated a kidney to a complete stranger
    The Northern Echo, 16/10/2015
    Dr Gill Owens is to talk about how she made her decision to donate one of her kidneys to a complete stranger