Gaynor Wood

Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Employability

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Media Factory, ME435

+44 (0) 1772 89 3863

Subject Areas: Archaeology, Education

Gaynor has a strong background in archaeology and museology with particular interests in human remains recovery and analysis, and in experimental archaeology. Her later career has focussed on student teaching and learning in Higher Education, especially in the areas of enterprise. She joined CETH (Centre for Employability for Humanities) in 2007 and later, the Centre for Employability at UCLAN. Her research interests include enquiry based pedagogic approaches in enterprise especially, social enterprises and co-operative working, and the concepts of “hard fun” and “serious play”.

Full Profile

Gaynor is a senior lecturer in Enterprise and Employability at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). She has written and taught on a variety of undergraduate and post graduate students across many disciplines, on assessed, embedded or bolt on modules including Enterprise Skills in Practice, Starting Your Own Business, Enterprise for Sports Scientists, and Realistic Work Experience: Museums Exhibition Design.
In 2011 she was asked to devise and teach a three modular course on enterprise teaching for staff at the University of Laos and Yabba Technology College in Nigeria. The course was attended by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Deans, Professors and lecturers at the University. The main premise was to share the innovative enterprise teaching practice developed by at UCLAN, encouraging the participants to develop their own practice. She also attempted to create mentoring links between the two institutions and also with local entrepreneurs.

Gaynor is also interested in community archaeology and regularly works with community groups on small projects, and is part of the Lancashire Archaeological Group. She is also a member of the steering group for Fairtrade, Preston and a keen member of the new workers co-operative, Preston Co-op Grocery.


2011 – 2017 PhD: Exploring Employability, Entrepreneurship and Engagement in Experimental Archaeology, University of Central Lancashire
2015 Lego Serious Play Facilitator
2015 Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching in the Workplace
2007 University Certificate in Higher Education, Teaching Toolkit, University of Central Lancashire,
1999 NVQ 4 Guidance
1993 – 1994 MSc Osteology, Paleopathology and Funerary Archaeology, University of Sheffield
1991 Post Graduate Certificate in Education, St Martin’s College, Lancaster
1980 – 1983 BA (hons) Archaeology, University of York


Vanner, A., and Wood, G., 2014. Old Building Technologies for 21st Century Architectural Technology Students. [online] Available at <http://!/file/aae_proceedings.pdf> [Accessed 23 November 2015]

2012 – Wood, G. Let’s Build at Medieval Tile Kiln: Introducing Experimental Archaeology into the Curriculum. Available at <>. [Accessed 23 November 2015]


2014–Working with Architectural Technologists: How the responsibilities of ‘liveness’ can co-exist with risk-taking, play and experimentation. AAE 2nd International Conference, Sheffield School of Architecture,

2012 – Practical and Creative: Designing Problem Based Learning Activities with Architectural Technologists, a collaborative paper presented at the Sharing Practice conference, University of Central Lancashire

2011 – Exploring the Impact of Experimental Archaeology on Different User Groups. Presented at the 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference, University of York.

2010 – Developing Problem Based Learning Exercises with Archaeology Students. Presented at the ALD in HE Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast.

2010 – Enterprise Educators UK. Designed and ran a full day workshop for external and internal clients on Employability, Enterprise and Archaeologists


Gaynor is currently undertaking the third year of her PhD.