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Sharon McIlroy

Academic Lead: China partnerships. School Director for Academic Tutoring: China Partnerships.

PSE Curriculum development team, Module Convenor: Academic Genres and Practices.

Global Graduates developments and internal moderator.

Intercultural Communicative Competence: Tutor in both terms.

Areas of interest

My main areas of interest are course creation, materials development, and assessment. This includes professional development and the mediation of theory and practice through approaches such as reflective thinking. My research focuses on the trajectories, identity, and values of educational leaders from multiple cultural backgrounds, leadership processes and practices. My work on Intercultural Communicative Competence focuses on developing employability skills through intercultural communication and building perspectives on organisational culture.


CSC Courses, Foundation in Academic Skills (both Home and International), Academic Skills, Pre sessional courses, Global graduate courses: Erasmus and Intercultural Communicative Competence.

Research projects

Ongoing ethnographic project with CSC course participants, PSE: Curriculum Development. Currently in the year three of the University of Reading Doctorate in Education researching educational leadership.


Prior to joining the university, I gained a breadth of EFL experience (over 16 years) in teaching, management, and teacher training for international students and staff in a milieu of locations. From teaching and co leading a small private English language school in Greece, which required the Greek leaving school certificate, to TESOL teacher training and course directing (TESOL, PTLLS and DTLLS) including EFL co-ordinating in FE. I completed a master’s in Applied Linguistics (Kings college, University of London in 2001) before first joining what is now ISLI on a summer TEEP teaching team in 2003. I became a full-time member of staff at the National Centre for Language and Literacy (UoR) in 2004.  I am a UoR Doctorate in Education (Ed D) student in my third year.

Academic qualifications

MA Applied Linguistics and ELT (Kings College, The University of London)

B.Ed. (Queens University Belfast)

Dip TESOL (The University of London)

Apolytirio (Greek school-leaving certificate)

Conferences atttended

InForm Conference, Reading University: July 2022

The Cambridge EAP Conference: October 2021

The online BALEAP conference: April 2021 (Hosted by the University of Glasgow)

The Further and Higher Educational Strategy Forum: July 2021.