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Dr Jennifer Skellington


Department of Art and Music

Jennifer Skellington


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 master's 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

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.


BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance

Take your passion for playing and performing skills to the next stage - join Solent’s community of creatives and learn from a dedicated team of professional musicians, composers and producers.

BSc (Hons) Popular Music Production

Produce the perfect sounds in cutting-edge studios and collaborate with the community of creatives out of Southampton’s vibrant music scene.

BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance and Production

Play and produce your tracks. Combining performance techniques and studio recording skills, using digital and analogue studios, this degree is ideal to help launch your career in the music industry.

BA (Hons) Music Business

The business behind the music industry offers many opportunities from artist management, running labels or events. Our graduates have gone on to work at Universal, Spotify, Live Nation and more.