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Steven Herron

Steven Herron

Head of Pathway College


As Head of Pathway College, Steven manages the centre drawing upon over 14 years of experience in programme and module development across the education sector in the UK and the Middle East.

Steven is an experienced English language teacher (EAP, ESOL, EAL, ESP) and has developed research interests in technology-enhanced learning and metacognitive development in second language acquisition.  He has managed and developed foundation programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, looking after English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills in addition to humanities subject modules. Steven has a background in media (starting his career as a documentary filmmaker), cross-cultural communication, educational theories and approaches, marketing, culture and English literature.




My interests include the following:

  • Metacognition in second language acquisition
  • Cross Cultural Communication and acculturation
  • TEL (Technology-Enhanced Learning)
  • Online learning and communities of learning
  • Education – theories, pedagogy and approaches in university preparation programmes
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Reflective learning

Professional activity

Herron, S. (2014) Transforming Paradigms between Online and Face-to-face Delivery.13-14th June: INTO Staff Conference

Herron, S. (2014) Developing Innovative Online Language Materials. 19th June 2014: Newcastle University Teaching and Learning Conference

Herron, S. (2013) ReCap: Rethinking Assessment and Curriculum Design. 22nd June 2013: INTO Staff Conference

InForm Conference 2012: Is Teaching and Learning Enough? 20th July 2012: Newcastle University [Conference organiser / presenter]

Herron, S. (2012) Reflective Learning: Seeking Metacognition in Reflective Practice. 20th July 2012: Newcastle University

Key publications

Herron, S. (2011) Teaching Thinking Skills: A Practitioner Enquiry into the Effectiveness of Thinking Skills for Postgraduate Pathway Students. InForm Conference 2011: Internationalisation – How Far Can It Go? University of Reading, 16th July 2011.

Herron, S. (2011) A Practitioner Enquiry into Metacognitive Thinking and Function of Thinking Skills on a Postgraduate Foundation Programme. InForm [online], issue 8. Available from: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/inform/B04253_Inform_Issue_8.pdf [Accessed 4 November 2011]

Campus address

QA Office, Ground Floor
City Campus Library, Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

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