About Professor Gary C Wood

I am 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. I have 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. I also have a strong interest in student engagement in curriculum design, and enhancing learning with technology.

I am currently Academic Director of NMITE (New Model Institute for Technology & Engineering), Hereford, UK, where I lead delivery across NMITE’s Master of Engineering Integrated Engineering programme, and the development of new programmes. I also contribute to regional skills development, supporting NMITE’s regional mission in employability, entrepreneurship and skills.

Prior to joining NMITE, I held teaching and leadership roles at the University of Sheffield. Most recently, I was Head of Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA), having been a founding Board Member for the unique, experiential development programme for undergraduate engineers. Alongside SELA, I was professional skills lead in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where I created and integrated 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.

I completed my PhD in language development in the School of English at the University of Sheffield, and taught linguistics there for seven years. Through that experience, I developed a strong interest in learning and teaching, creating international award-winning learning activities. I extended this impact through education and academic development roles, supporting colleagues to enhance their teaching practice, particularly in engineering and enterprise education. I developed university teaching teams and shaped employability policy overseas, including through EU-funded projects across Central Asia (UNIWORK) and Vietnam (V2WORK).

I have been recognised through a University of Sheffield Senate Fellowship in 2012, Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2015, and a National Teaching Fellowship in 2019.

Current Roles

Academic Director/Professor of Learning & Development, NMITE
Committee Member and Logistics Lead for UK Linguistics Olympiad
Chair, Enactus UK University Adviser Steering Group
UK Lead, Enactus Worldwide Faculty Forum

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 & Teaching (2012)
Sheffield Students’ Union Academic Awards for Teaching (2010, 2011, 2012)