Staff Profiles

Dr Roger Wood

Ph.D., B.Ed.(Hons.), F.H.E.A., C.Biol., F.R.S.B., F.L.S., F.R.S.S.A., F.R.G.S., F.R.S.A., F.C.C.T.

Senior Lecturer in Education (Primary Science, Conservation, Inquiry-Based Learning, Outdoor Learning and Research-Informed Professional Learning)

School of Education

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Location: Harcourt Hill Campus

Prior to his move to the Oxford Brookes University in October 2018, Dr. Roger Wood was a Senior Lecturer in Primary Teacher Development at Bishop Grosseteste University and a Research Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, having previously been a primary school teacher and headteacher for 23 years.


Enhancing Children’s Engagement with Science, STEM Education and Outdoor Learning (including Nature, Conservation and Sustainability)

The influence of Inquiry-Based Learning approaches upon children’s engagement with Science

Enhancing trainee ITE teachers’ confidence and enthusiasm for Science Education through inquiry-based learning approaches

Influencing children’s enhanced engagement with Science through University initiatives to support teachers’ professional confidence and development within Inquiry-Based Science Education.

Enhancing Girls’ Engagement with Science and STEM.

Enhancing children’s engagement with nature and conservation through Outdoor Learning and informal education approaches.

The impact of teacher feedback and teacher-student relationship quality (as perceived by students) upon students’ engagement with learning.

Home-Schooling (Elective Home Education): engaging children with home-schooling through inquiry-based learning, outdoor learning and informal learning.

Scholarship interests

Enhancing trainee (developing) teachers’ ITE professional development through research-informed university-based seminars (including understanding and addressing the different challenges that UG and PG ITE trainees face).

Confidence-Informed Social Motivation as an outcome of natural human philosophizing: through the philosophical lenses of Gadamer and Heidegger.



Prior to his doctoral research at the University of Birmingham, Dr. Wood held various teaching posts, was Head of Science Department at two schools, and enjoyed 13 years of senior leadership roles (including a Deputy Headship and two Headships) within independent and maintained schools.

Dr. Wood is a Chartered Biologist. In recognition of his work in science education and conservation, Roger has been elected to Fellowships with the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Society of Arts, the Linnean Society of London, the Zoological Society of London, the Royal Scottish Society of Arts, and the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Since September 2016, Dr. Wood has been a Board Member with the chimpanzee conservation charity, the Jane Goodall Institute UK.