Gary Wood

Engineering academic awarded National Fellowship for outstanding impact of teaching and support

Dr Gary Wood from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield has been awarded the prestigious National Teaching Fellowships by Advance HE for the outstanding impact of his teaching and support in UK higher education.

From his innovative work around teaching linguistics, to his exceptional contribution in embedding enterprise education into the curriculum and most recently, his success in championing skills and leadership development among engineering students, Dr Gary Wood has consistently had a transformative impact on the students he works with.

As Head of the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA), he has developed a ground-breaking initiative, bringing together selected students, academics and colleagues from industry to offer development opportunities for the engineering leaders of the future.

Co-creation is at the heart of Dr Wood's approach, and his unique insight and contribution has been instrumental in embedding broader transferable skills into the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s revised curricula under the Programme Level Approach (PLA), a holistic approach designed to give students opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and range of attributes they need to become assured and confident graduates.

Through workshops, publications and conference presentations, he has shared his work across both engineering and higher education sectors, playing a fundamental role in enhancing employability on a global level and contributing to the University's reputation as a world-leading institution for engineering education.

Dr Wood said: “It is a great privilege to inspire learning in students and colleagues. I am pleased to have been able to champion approaches that connect students’ learning to their future aspirations and enable them to succeed. It’s immensely gratifying to see students surprising themselves as they discover their potential and how much they can achieve, and inspiring to be able to learn collaboratively with and from them.

I am honoured that my work has been recognised with such a prestigious national award, and grateful to all of my students and colleagues who make every day as a teacher and educator so rewarding.”

Dr Wood is amongst 54 new National Teaching Fellows, and 15 winning teams in the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence, announced by Advance HE today (5 August 2019).