About Dr 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 have a PhD in linguistics, from the University of Sheffield, and worked for seven years as a university teacher in linguistics, becoming increasingly interested in teaching and learning, and creating international award-winning learning activities. I received recognition through a University of Sheffield Senate Fellowship in 2012, and Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2015. Applying this pedagogical expertise, I 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, I helped to develop and launch iForge, the University’s innovative student-led makerspace. I 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.

I joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2018, as University Teacher in Professional Skills. I am currently leading the creation 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. This work connects students’ learning to their career aspirations, allows them to personalise their learning experience, and allows students to integrate learning through working on projects.

Current Roles

University Teacher in Professional Skills, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Head of Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy
Induction & Transitions Tutor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Committee Member for UK Linguistics Olympiad
Enactus University Adviser to Enactus Sheffield
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 and Teaching (2012)
Sheffield Students’ Union Academic Awards for Teaching (2010, 2011, 2012)


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