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Pioneering Herefordshire-based engineering academy appointed academic director

23 June 2021
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NMITE (New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering), the pioneering Herefordshire-based engineering academy has appointed Professor Gary Wood as Academic Director, ahead of the institution’s first cohort intake in September 2021. He will lead delivery across NMITE’s MEng Integrated Engineering and future academic programmes and will play a crucial role in NMITE’s expanding educational operations.    

Drawing on his previous experience, Professor Wood will contribute to the 'Herefordshire Skills for the Future' (ESF) project for the benefit of the county. 

Professor Wood is a highly experienced university teacher with particular accomplishments in employability and entrepreneurship and was most recently Head of Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy at the University of Sheffield. As well as prestigious UK recognition as a National Teaching Fellow, he has developed University teaching teams and shaped employability policy overseas.   

Professor Beverley Gibbs, NMITE's Chief Academic Officer said, "I am delighted to welcome Professor Wood to the team. He will play an influential role in providing an outstanding experience for NMITE's incoming and future students as well as mentoring our academic team.”   

Professor Wood added, “I’m excited to join NMITE to help shape challenge-led, industry-linked engineering education, equipping the next generation of engineers with the skills to succeed in a rapidly changing world.   I have strong interests in connecting learning to application and helping students to discover and realise their potential to make a positive difference.  NMITE as an institution has this approach at its core.”   


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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