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Gaynor Wood

Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Employability

Gaynor works across the Schools and faculties, working with staff involved in enterprise education and is extremely interested in embedding enterprising skills within the taught curricula and extra curricula activities across campus.

Enterprise Education is especially concerned that student learn though the practical application of enterprise skills and competencies. Gaynor has been working with the School of Business on several projects including an Employees and Enterprise Certificate and the Enterprise Associates scheme which she hopes can be rolled out to other Schools across UCLAN, She has been part of CELT’s Peer Observation team for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education, supporting colleagues from across UCLAN with their applications for the FHEA. She delivers workshops on the Post Graduate Certificate in Education to support this.

As an EE educator, Gaynor works with staff to adapt their own teaching practices to include new experiential pedagogic approaches. These include live case studies, consultancy projects and more innovative changes to assessment and feedback such as pod casts or portfolios. She has also collaborated with Enterprise Educators UK and have designed and run a specialised EE workshops and modules for staff across the He and FE institutions in China and at University of Lagos and Yabba Technology College, Nigeria. As a trained Lego Serious Play Facilitator Gaynor has embraced constructivist and constructionist approaches in the classroom and enjoy the relaxed and discursive atmosphere of these sessions. Facilitating others to use this approach allows colleagues explore their relationships with each other and to gain a better understanding of their students’ issues and worries, Gaynor’s PHD research focuses teaching employability and enterprise to archaeology students through the medium of experimental archaeology. Pedagogy is a neglected subject in archaeology, and there is a clear need to talk about students’ expectations and best practice in fieldwork within a degree course. Field work is especially important in developing those practical skills that students who want to work in the sector need to demonstrate to employers. From her research she discovered that research - based learning within the context of field work increases student satisfaction, whilst furthering their knowledge and understanding of their subject. Gaynor has given papers on this to fellow practitioners at international EXARC and the Council for British Archaeology. conferences and in published in the Journal of Experimental Archaeology.

  • PhD. Inside Outside: Evaluating Enterprise and Employability through Experimental Archaeology University of Central Lancashire. 2020
  • Fellowship of Higher Education Academy. HEA. 2014
  • Prince2 Foundation. OGC. 2011
  • MSc. Osteology, Paleopathology and Funerary Archaeology. University of Sheffield. 1994
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education. St Martins College, University of Lancaster 1991
  • BA (Hons.). Archaeology University of York.1983
  • Cooperation
  • Community living and housing
  • Medieval pottery
  • Medieval paleopathology and funeral archaeology
  • Gaynor is currently a Director and is chairing the Board of Preston Cooperative Development Network. PCDN is aimed at developing worker own cooperatives in Preston and is part of the wider Preston Model redistribution of wealth and promoting local democracy. It has allowed her to develop a new network of people whose ideas are stimulating and have a sense of purpose. Co-operations is one of her own deeply held values, and she introduces students to cooperative enterprise and the seven principles of cooperation to the students she teaches. Gaynor is also working with PCC and the Architectural Heritage Fund on their furbishment of a building in the town centre which will provide alumni housing and work spaces.
  • As an Enterprise Educator Gaynor was a judge for the national Enterprise Educator awards in 2018. This gave her the opportunity to view projects at other HEI’s across the UK and see many examples of best practice.