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University of Bath

Rachel Wood SFHEA Head of the Skills Centre

Rachel Wood leads on delivering pre-sessional, academic, mathematics, language and digital skills support and enhancement.


Rachel was appointed Head of the Skills Centre in October 2017. The Centre aims to develop student independence by enhancing academic, language and employability skills to ensure each individual can reach their full potential.

Rachel is responsible for all aspects of the Skills Centre, including strategic and operational planning, delivery of programmes and resources.

Notable achievements in the post include:

  • successful UKVI audit of the Pre-sessional Programme
  • formation of MySkills hub for University-wide skills development opportunities
  • introduction of digital skills to the Centre‚Äôs portfolio.


Rachel has had an extensive career in Higher Education and has worked both at Departmental level and within Professional Services.

Before moving to the University of Bath, she was involved in a number of high-level initiatives at the University of Birmingham, including:

  • contributing to the creation of the Education Strategy which developed a positive student learning experience, supported academic attainment across a diverse student population and fostered academic literacy for further study and employability

  • strategic development and provision of tailored and embedded academic skills support, including information literacy, for taught students

  • introduction of Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) across the institution.


  • Degree in Business Administration from Birmingham City University
  • Postgraduate Diploma, Research in Education and Postgraduate Certificate, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Birmingham

Rachel is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a PASS: Peer Assisted Study Sessions Supervisor.