Portrait of Gary C Wood

Dr Gary C Wood

BA(Hons), PhD, PGCertHE, SFHEA

Enterprise Education Developer
Head of Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy


Gary is a member of the Enterprise Skills Team and Head of Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA). He works with academic staff, students and external partners to develop, deliver and support enterprise learning experiences within taught curricula and co-curricular programmes. An experienced higher educator, Gary worked as a University Teacher for seven years, before transitioning into education development. He now provides professional development support to staff across the University, to develop their teaching practice and create learning experiences that challenge students to apply their academic learning in innovative ways, whilst building their skills in enterprise and entrepreneurship. As Head of SELA, Gary leads a development programme for engineering students at the University, to enable them to become leaders who create positive impact in research and industry.

Current roles within The University of Sheffield

External Roles

Awards and Recognition

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)
  • Jisc Top 50 Most Influential Higher Education Professionals using Social Media (2015)
  • Enactus University Advisers of the Year Award (with Sara Pates, Jon Burchell and Liz Taylor, 2015)
  • Senate Award Fellow for Early Career Excellence in Learning and Teaching (Sheffield, 2012)
  • Winner Google/ALT competition for Innovative Use of Google Apps in Learning and Teaching (2012)
  • Sheffield Students’ Union Academic Awards for Teaching (2010, 2011, 2012)

Selected Publications and Conference Papers

Wood, G.C. & Rodriguez-Falcon, E.M. (2016). Engineering Success in research-led teaching. Paper presented at the Sixth International Symposium on Engineering Education. Sheffield, 14-15 July 2016.

Rickard, J.O., Nicholson, H., & Wood, G.C. (2016). Leading the Way with Peer Learning and Teaching. Paper presented at the Sixth International Symposium on Engineering Education. Sheffield, 14-15 July 2016.

Wood, G.C. & Stanton, L. (2016). Widening Participation and Engagement through Enterprise. Paper presented at International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference. Liverpool 9-11 September 2016.

Nicholson, H. & Wood, G.C. (2016). Leading the Way to Enterprising Futures: A Response to the Engineering Skills Gap. In: Bhamidimarri, R. & Liu, A. (eds) Engineering and Enterprise: Inspiring Innovation. Springer.

Wood, G.C., Spencer, R., & McElearney, G. (2015). All About Authentic Assessment, Embedded Enterprise & Inclusive Communities of Learning. Paper presented at the International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference, Chelmsford, 8-10 September 2015.

Wood, G.C. (2014). Twittering On and On: Using Twitter for student engagement and interaction in the classroom and beyond. Paper presented at CiCS TELfest. Sheffield, 7 January 2014.

Wood, G.C. & Horrigan, S. (2014). Real Engagement, Real Enrichment, Real Experience: Technology-facilitated authentic groupwork projects. Paper presented at the SEDA Spring Conference, Newcastle, 16 May 2014.

Wood, G.C. (2014). Towards and A-to-Z of Enterprise in the Curriculum: A Case Study All About Linguistics. Paper presented at EEUK Best Practice Event, Cardiff, 26 March 2014.

Wood, G.C., Lepiorz, J., & Ryan, R. (2013). Motivated Authentic Learning: Engagement to Employability in Student Groupwork Projects. Paper presented at the Association for Learning Technology Conference, Nottingham, 10-12 September 2013.

Wood, G.C. (2012). Involve me and I’ll understand: engaging students in research-led teaching. Paper presented at the Sixth Annual Learning & Teaching Conference, University of Sheffield, January 2012.

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 4033

Email: g.c.wood@sheffield.ac.uk

Twitter: @GC_Wood

LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/gcwood