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Prof Ros Jennings

Professor in Aging, Culture and Media

I am passionate about fighting cultural ageism through my own and collaborative research activism. As a manager, mentor and supervisor my role is to support early career researchers to produce research that empowers women to not fear growing old.


I am Co-Director of the Centre f​or Women Ageing and Media/Methods (WAM), leader of the annual WAM International Summer School and Head of Postgraduate Research at the University of Gloucestershire. I have over 20 years’ experience in research degree management and development training for postgraduate students and their supervisors. As Head of Postgraduate Research, I have a key role in developing strategic policy for these areas of University provision. As a self-confessed methods geek I am interested in developing multiple collaborative qualitative approaches to research problems in the area of ageing, old age and media cultures.


  • BA (Hons): Peace Studies, University of Bradford, 1990
  • MA: Women’s Studies, University of York, 1993
  • PhD: Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick, 1997

Teaching & Research


Research Degree Supervision specialising in autoethnograpy, textual and other qualitative approaches.


Inheritance Tracks is a music driven memory method that I developed from the BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live format to explore the complex and shifting composites of identity in relationship to music (built on relationships to music experienced in the past, remembered in the present and directed toward the future). It examines musical inheritance as part of an intergenerational continuum and has now been rolled out as a research method for ageing studies across Europe and North America as part of my role as a researcher in the Ageing, Communication, Technologies (ACT) project.


More publications from Prof Ros Jennings can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Deputy Executive Director of the European Network in Aging studies.

Subject for media interview

Older women in/and poular music and television.

External examining

I have examined PhDs at institutions in the UK, Canada and Australia.