Dr Margaret Wood

I studied as an undergraduate at the University of Leeds after which I completed a PGCE. I have a Masters degree in Education and a PhD from the University of Manchester. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). I have worked as a senior lecturer and principal lecturer in three universities and came to York St John University in 2004 as Head of Programme for taught post graduate programmes in Education. I teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of Education and supervise doctoral students. I have overseas teaching experience delivering the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Bahrain and have also worked in Qatar as a member of a team evaluating a professional development programme for teachers

I have a strong track record of research and publication and have presented papers at conferences both nationally and internationally. My research has been published in peer-reviewed international journals and in 2013 I was an Emerald Journals Literati Award Winner (Network Awards for Excellence), for a published journal article.

I am an External Examiner for Master’s degree courses at the University of Cumbria and Newman University and I have examined doctoral students at other universities in the UK and overseas. I was granted sole supervisor status for doctoral students by the University of Leeds in 2011. I am a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Research in Education and a member of the panel of international referees for the Journal of Education for Teaching (JET).

Further Information


I teach on the BA (Hons) Education Studies, MA Practitioner Research: Improving Professional Practice and Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) programmes.

I am a mentor and assessor for colleagues following a dialogic route to HEA recognition via the York St John University Recognising Academic Practice CPD Framework.


My research is in two broad fields of enquiry. The first of these is student voice and agency whereby my aim is to develop pedagogic understandings by creating structures and conditions for genuine dialogue to develop student agency and to embed this within practices. The second is the field of leadership and development of academic practice in higher education. I have a particular interest in cosmopolitan perspectives on academic leadership and ‘ordinary cosmopolitanism’ in everyday academic practice in Higher Education.



Su, F. and Wood, M. (Eds) (2017) Cosmopolitan Perspectives on Academic Leadership in Higher Education. London: Bloomsbury

Hoy, C. Bayne-Jardine, C. & Wood, M. (2000) Improving Quality in Education. London: Falmer Press


Refereed journal articles

Wood, M. and Su, F. (2017) What makes an excellent lecturer? Academics' perspectives on the discourse of 'teaching excellence' in higher education. Teaching in Higher Education, 22(4) 451-467.

Su, F. and Wood, M. (2016) Towards an ‘ordinary’ cosmopolitanism in everyday academic practice in higher education. Journal of Educational History and Administration, 39(1), 1-15.

Wood, M. & Tribe, R. (2016) ‘In a silent way: student perceptions of silence in community’. Pastoral Care in Education, 34 (3) 144-155.

Wood, M. and Su, F. (2014) A mission possible: towards a shared dialogic space for professional learning in UK higher education. European Journal of Higher Education, 4(4), 363-372.

Su, F. and Wood, M. (2012) What makes a good university lecturer? Students' perceptions of teaching excellence. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 4(2), 142-155.

Wood, M. (2011) 'Closer to the ground': pupil 'voice' and the development of knowledge about schools, The Turkish Online Journal of Qualitative Inquiry, 2 (1) 1-15

Holderness, B. Bold, C. Henry, D. & Wood, M. (2008) Extending boundaries: young people as action researchers. Journal of Education Vol 43, 57-78

Professional Activity

Professional memberships

British Educational Research Association (BERA)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Conference papers

I have presented papers at overseas conferences in Canada, Bahrain and Austria as well as conferences in the UK.

Most recent conference papers

Society for Research in Higher Education Annual Conference (SRHE), Newport, Wales, December 2016, Wood, M. & Su, F. Teaching Excellence in Higher Education.

Ireland International Conference on Education, Dublin, October 2014 Student Leadership of the Classroom Learning Community: Connecting with Undergraduate Students' Understandings.

Society for Research in Higher Education Conference, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, December 2014: Su, F. & Wood, M. Towards a shared dialogic space for Professional Learning in Higher Education.

Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) conference at Birmingham City University, July 2013, Wood, M. Developing the authentic engagement of undergraduate students in collaborative pedagogical research.

Higher Education Academy Students as Partners in Undergraduate Research conference at the University of Sheffield, October 2013, Wood, M. & Abbinnett, M. Repositioning, roles and relationships: participatory pedagogic research into undergraduate students' experiences of learning in groups.

University of Brighton ‘Ethics and Student Engagement: Exploring Practices in Higher Education’ conference July 2013, Wood, M. & Su, F. Mission possible: Creating a shared space for an authentic student engagement in higher education.



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