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University of Bath

Miss Rachel Wood SFHEA Head of The Skills Centre

Leads on delivering pre-sessional, academic, mathematics and language skills support and enhancement.


Rachel is Head of the Skills Centre which comprises of the Academic Skills Programme (ASP), Foreign Languages Centre (FLC) and Mathematics Resources Centre (MASH) and Pre-sessional Programme.

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


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

Before moving to the University of Bath, she worked with senior staff to directly contribute to the University of Birmingham’s Education Strategy by developing a positive student learning experience, providing support for student academic attainment across a diverse student population, and fostering approaches to the development of academic literacy for further study and employability.

Whilst at Birmingham she managed the University's Academic Skills Centre and undertook a strategic role in developing the provision of tailored and embedded academic skills support, including information literacy, for taught students.

She is also a PASS: Peer Assisted Study Sessions Supervisor and was part of a small team which introduced PASS to the University of Birmingham, and was a co-strategic lead in its role out and development across the institution.


Rachel has a degree in Business Administration from Birmingham City University. A Postgraduate Diploma, Research in Education and Postgraduate Certificate, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Birmingham. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a PASS: Peer Assisted Study Sessions Supervisor.