Colin Wood


Course Leader for MA Outdoor Education and Senior Lecturer in Outdoor Adventure, Leadership and Management


Contact Details

tel: 01905 54 2235

Colin Wood teaches Outdoor Education and Work-Based Learning at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is involved in research in both areas and leads the innovative MA in Outdoor Education, which supports outdoor professionals wishing to study in their workplace. Previously, Colin taught at Herefordshire College of Technology and before that had a long career in Outdoor Education working in senior posts around the world for a variety organisations. Colin's work spanned corporate development, outdoor recreation, sail training and expeditionary learning including leading numerous jungle expeditions.


  • Outdoor Education MSc, University of Edinburgh
  • PGCE, University of Wales
  • Development Studies BA (Hons), University of East Anglia
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Teaching & Research

University Roles:

  • Course leader for MA in Outdoor Education
  • Link Tutor for BSc (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management
  • Chair of the School Employability Action Group
  • Member of the School Quality Committee

Teaching Interests:

Colin teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules which covers:

  • Research Methods
  • Environmental Education
  • Outdoor Facilitation
  • Contemporary Issues.

His teaching is strongly influenced by his background in outdoor adventure and his experience in management in the outdoor recreation industry. Colin's teaching is informed by the need to prepare students for their future careers through practical involvement in the work place and active engagement with professional issues.

Research Interests:

  • Outdoor Education
  • Work Based Learning
  • Trust in the Outdoors
  • Social Aspects of Outdoor Learning
  • International Aspects of Outdoor Learning
  • Residential Adventure Education

Professional Bodies

  • Institute for Outdoor Learning
  • Royal Yachting Association
  • British Canoe Union
  • British Mountaineering Council
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)


Conference paper: Outdoor Learning in the commercial sector how do commercial operators in the UK incorporate health, sustainability and social inclusion with their commercial imperative - European outdoor education seminar 2012

Policy paper: Waite, S., Passy, R., Rea, T., Williams, A. and Wood, C. (2012) Outdoor learning policy development in England and Wales. International outdoor research network papers 2012

Contributor: Safe Practice in Physical Education and Sport. Association for Physical Education 2012

Journal Article: Wood, C. (2012) Exploring the retention of students studying higher education at partner colleges. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 17 (1), 21-37.

Conference paper: Trust formation theory and the conscious use of risk in outdoor education - International outdoor education research conference 2011

Book chapter: Wood, C. and Obrey, D. (2011) Tracking the Entry of Vocational Learners into Higher Education in a Rural Area of England, in: Shaw, J., Wise, J. and Rout, A. (eds.) Research in the Lifelong Learning Networks. York, Higher Education Academy, pp. 23-31.