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Garry Bishop

01642 342412
Job title:
Senior Lecturer
School of Science, Engineering & Design
Science, Engineering and Design research

About Garry Bishop

Garry is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering in the School of Science and Engineering and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Garry graduated in 1986 and completed his MSc Construction Management by distance learning in 1994 and has since been awarded chartered status with the Chartered Institute of Building and the Chartered Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Teaching roles include construction management and feasibility studies on undergraduate and post graduate programmes. Garry's teaching places a heavy reliance upon group work. Garry has a strong interest in student transition to University life and teaches learning skills development at foundation and first year level. His research and teaching interests are in developing up to date professional and employability skills, group work, confidence building and supporting students with learning support needs. Garry collaborates closely with industry for his second and final year modules to ensure his teaching is relevant to students' professional life post graduation.

Administrative roles include Student Disability Co-ordinator where he works closely with individual students, Student Services and academic teams to ensure learning support needs are identified and implemented effectively. Garry's work commences at application stage to help ensure the School provides an inclusive environment from Welcome Week onwards. 

Research interests

Garry is active in researching and developing teaching pedagogy in the areas of group work, employability, inclusivity and confidence building. He has been awarded a number of University funded projects to support learning and teaching innovation. Examples of projects successfully completed include;

2016 "Student perceptions of effective inclusive group work practices to benefit disabled students who find social interaction challenging."

2014 (co-lead with Dr Samanatha Gooneratne) "Development of a Personal Impact Training Programme as a means of improving confidence amongst SSE undergraduates"

2011 "Piloting of the intensive problem solving week and preparation of staff for school wide Group Project modules (year 2)"

2010 "Piloting of the intensive problem solving week and preparation of staff for school wide Group Project modules (year 1)"

Enterprise interests

Freelance work for construction clients includes designing and delivering workshops in Value Management, Partnering and supporting the development of corporate plans. 

Garry is currently developing an initiative where employers of our part-time student offer a day workplace shadowing experience to our full time students. Please contact Garry by email ( if you are able to support this scheme.


Conference Presentations

Bishop G, Wilkinson P (2017) “Calm down; it’s time for your presentation”. A demonstration of a peer support mechanism between performing artists and scientists to develop confidence in presentation skills” My degree, my future Learning and Teaching Enhancement Conference, Teesside University, 16th March 2017.

Bishop G (2016) “An evaluation of the effectiveness of an intensive group problem solving challenge to develop the group working and employability skills of science and engineering students with unseen disabilities." RAISE Student Engagement Conference. Loughborough University 16th September 2016.

Bishop G, Morahan M (2016) “The challenges of group work for first year students with unseen disabilities” Festival of Learning: Shifting Identities, Changing Practices, Teesside University 14th March 2016.

Bishop G, Morahan M. (2015) ‘“Skills gap, what skills gap?” Making employability and professional skills development relevant to part time students.’ The regional annual Three Rivers Learning and Teaching Conference on Student Engagement with learning in higher education. Sunderland University 27th March 2015.

Bishop G, Gooneratne G (2015) ‘Personal Impact Training as a means of improving confidence amongst SSE undergraduates.’  Festival of Learning. Current challenges, Future ideas. Teesside University 16th – 19th March 2015.

Bishop G, Gooneratne S, Mowbray A, Sebastine E. (2014) ‘Developing confident engineering students to “hit the ground running” for entry into the workplace.’ 14th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Teesside University 22nd January 2014.

Atkinson N, Bishop G, James T, McGuiness J.(2011)  ‘The process by which the School of Science & Engineering undertook to embed group work and professional skills into its programmes’  North East Universities (3 Rivers Consortium) 2011 Learning and Teaching Conference, Northumbria University  26th April 2011.

Atkinson N, Bishop G, James T, McGuiness J. (2011) ‘Scientists & Engineers From Teesside University Hit the ground running!’  11th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Teesside University January 2011.