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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.