Professor Gary C Wood 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. Gary also has a strong interest in student engagement in curriculum design, and enhancing learning with technology.

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

Prior to joining NMITE, Gary held teaching and leadership roles at the University of Sheffield. Most recently, he 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, Gary was professional skills lead in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where he 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.

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

Gary 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.