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Jennifer Skellington

Dr Jennifer Skellington MCIPD, FHEA


Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering


Jennifer has been studying and teaching popular music for more than 20 years. Her first class honours degree from Oxford Brookes University in Music and Education paved the way for her subsequent Masters degree in Music, History and Culture and her PhD in Music Journalism. Over the last 16 years Jennifer has taught at many UK universities including Oxford Brookes, Oxford University, University of Bristol, Brunel University, Bucks New University and the University of Northampton. Her work has been published in books and academic journals and she has recently collaborated with colleagues at Oxford Brookes University on a research paper focussing on music and copyright. Jennifer has also curated a music-themed museum exhibition and regularly performs original arrangements of popular music songs with a community choir. As a Fellow of the HEA she is passionate about helping students achieve their full potential at university.


Further information

Recent publications

Butler, J., Griffiths, D, and Skellington, J. (2021) A collaborative research output is due for publication in Popular Music (Cambridge University Press) in 2021.

Skellington, J. (forthcoming) (Book review) ‘The British National Daily Press and Popular Music, c.1956-1975’, Mitchellin, G. Popular Music (Cambridge University Press).

Skellington J. (2020) ‘Populating and popularising the quality press: the emergence of a new voice for popular music in the English broadsheet press, between 1985 and 1990’. Théories et conceptions de la critique musicale au XXe siècle, comparées aux pratiques critiques des autres Arts (Rennes, Université Rennes). pp. 1383-1390.

Skellington, J. (2014) ‘Defining qualities: making a voice for rock and pop music in the English quality news press’, in LitPop: Writing and Popular Music (London, Ashgate). pp 109-124.

Skellington, J. (2012) (Book review) Smirnoff, Marc (ed.) The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing (Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 2008), reviewed in Popular Music (Cambridge University Press) 2012, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 508 – 510.


Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

Music Journalism

Music and Copyright

Community Music

Music of the 1970s and 80s