Professor Catherine Tackley (née Parsonage) joined the University of Liverpool in August 2016, and is currently Head of the Department of Music. She completed a PhD on early jazz in Britain at City University London and began her academic career at Leeds College of Music, latterly in the role of Head of the Centre for Jazz Studies UK. Catherine joined The Open University as Lecturer in Music in July 2008, was appointed Senior Lecturer in February 2011 and Professor in April 2016. Catherine was Head of the Music Department at the OU in 2014-2016, following several years as Director of Research for Music. She also served as Interim Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts. She is now a Visiting Professor at the OU.
Catherine is the supervisor of PhD students in the areas of jazz, popular and improvised musics, particularly focussing on history and performance practice. She welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral students with interests in these and related areas.