Dr Gary C Wood


Department of Mechanical Engineering

University Teacher in Professional Skills

Head of Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy

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Dr Gary C Wood
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Gary is a National Teaching Fellow, and experienced educator, recognised for developing and delivering innovative learning experiences that challenge students to build technical knowledge whilst enhancing professional skills.

He has particular expertise in developing and using integrative projects for authentic learning; building inclusive communities of learning; and supporting students’ transition into and out of higher education. He also has a strong interest in student engagement in curriculum design, and enhancing learning with technology.

With a PhD in linguistics, Gary worked for seven years as a university teacher in linguistics, becoming increasingly interested in teaching and learning, creating international award-winning learning activities, and receiving recognition through a University of Sheffield Senate Fellowship in 2012, and Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2015. Applying this pedagogical expertise, he moved into education and academic development to work with colleagues in engineering – developing effective, authentic learning experiences and supporting colleagues to enhance their teaching practice.

An advocate of practical, experiential learning, Gary helped to develop and launch iForge, the University’s innovative student-led makerspace. He was also a founding member of the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA), serving on the SELA Operations Board from 2014, before taking up the role of Head of SELA in 2016 with overall responsibility for the strategic development and operation of the programme.

He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2018, and in 2020 secured the role of University Teacher in Professional Skills. Gary is leading the development and integration of a spine of professional skills development throughout the Department’s degree programmes, to equip its students and graduates with capabilities to succeed in their studies and professional lives. He is also Induction and Transitions Tutor for the Department.

Awards and recognition

  • National Teaching Fellowship (2019)
  • 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)

Journal articles


  • Wood G & Gibbs B (2019) Students as Partners in the Design and Practice of Engineering Education: Understanding and Enabling Development of Intellectual Abilities In Malik M, Andrews J, Clark R & Broadbent R (Ed.), Realising Ambitions: 6th Annual Symposium of the UK&I Engineering Education Research Network. Portsmouth: University of Portsmouth. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gibbs B & Wood GC (2019) Reflection for Learning and Practice in Developing Engineers In Andrews J, Knowles G & Clark R (Ed.), Excellence in Engineering Education for the 21st Century: 7th Annual Symposium of the UK&I Engineering Education Research Network Coventry: Warwick Manufacturing Group. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicholson H & Wood GC (2016) Leading the Way to Enterprising Futures: A Response to the Engineering Skills Gap, Engineering and Enterprise (pp. 103-113). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rickard JO, Nicholson H & Wood G (2016) Leading the Way with Peer Learning and Teaching In Kapranos P (Ed.), Sixth International Symposium of Engineering Education Sheffield: University of Sheffield. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wood G & Rodriguez-Falcon EM (2016) Engineering Success in research‐led teaching In Kapranos P (Ed.), Sixth International Symposium of Engineering Education. Sheffield Sheffield: University of Sheffield. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wood G (2015) Building Communities of Learning using Twitter In Helyer R (Ed.), Facilitating Work‐Based Learning London: Palgrave. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

Professional activities