Dr Gary C Wood
BA(Hons), PhD, PGCertHE, SFHEA
University Teaching Fellow in Professional Skills
Head of Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
36-38 Victoria Street,
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 4033
Gary is an experienced educator, recognised for developing and delivering innovative, enterprising learning experiences that challenge students and build technical knowledge whilst enhancing transferable skills. He has particular expertise in authentic learning, building inclusive communities for learning, and supporting student transition into and out of higher education. He also has a strong interest in 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, as University Teaching Fellow 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.
Current Roles within the University of Sheffield
- University Teaching Fellow in Professional Skills, Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Head of Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy
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
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.
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. (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.
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. (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., 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. & 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.
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. & Stanton, L. (2016). Widening Participation and Engagement through Enterprise. Paper presented at International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference. Liverpool 9-11 September 2016.
Wood, G.C. & Wood, K. (2017) Challenging Industries – An Enterprising Module Led by Industry. Paper presented at UK & IE Engineering Education Research Network. Royal Academy of Engineering, 23-24 November 2017.