22 Feb 2010

Open University academics are new Review Editors of Ageing & Society

Academics from The Open University (OU) have again been appointed Review Editors of the international journal, Ageing & Society. Dr Caroline Holland, research associate, and Dr Josie Tetley, senior lecturer in nursing, work within the OU’s Health and Social Care Faculty and replace Julia Johnson and Professor Joanna Bornat (also from the OU) who have retired after seven years with the journal.

Dr Holland has extensive experience as a researcher, with core research interests in age and ageing, and how and where people live as they grow older. Following news of her appointment, she said: “Josie and I are very pleased to have been appointed, especially in the 30th anniversary year of Ageing & Society. The journal is greatly respected within the academic community and beyond, and it has published many significant articles over the years. The review section helps readers to keep in touch with what’s being published internationally across a broad spectrum of research and thinking about age and ageing.”

Dr Tetley has worked in nurse education for over 15 years and, alongside teaching, has undertaken a wide range of research work with older people and family carers. She said: “It is an honour to be taking over as review editors for Ageing & Society. Both Caroline and I have huge respect for the work of Julia and Joanna with Ageing & Society, which has demonstrated how reviews on key gerontology texts contribute to the development of scholarship in the field of ageing. In taking on this role we bring varied professional and disciplinary links with colleagues at other academic institutions both nationally and internationally. We will continue to work across our networks to develop and expand the database of reviewers and to identify a broad range of potential review items.

Published by Cambridge University Press, Ageing & Society is an interdisciplinary and international journal devoted to the understanding of human ageing and the circumstances of older people in their social and cultural contexts. It draws contributions and has readers from many academic social science disciplines, and from clinical medicine and the humanities. In addition to original articles, Ageing & Society publishes book reviews, occasional review articles and special issues.

Notes to editors
Dr Caroline Holland
Dr Holland is interested in relationships between generations, and in people’s daily lives, especially in mi-life and older. Recently she has been involved in studies of public places, age discrimination and extra care housing. She is currently working on research projects looking at the outcomes for people who move from hospital into a care home after being diagnosed with dementia; people’s attitudes to paying for long-term care: and older people’s use of ICT.

Dr Josie Tetley
Dr Tetley has been working as a senior lecturer in nursing at The Open University since 2007 and is course team chair across a number of courses focusing on older people and person-centred care. Before her position at the OU, Dr Tetley worked as a lecturer at the University of Sheffield during which time she was successful in securing a range of research funding. Dr Tetley’s recent projects include securing funding and embarking upon research to explore how older people’s engagement with, and learning about, new technologies can be enhanced.

Research at The Open University
• The Open University climbed 23 places to 43rd in the UK’s latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), securing a place in the UK’s top 50 higher education institutions. Results showed that more than 50% of the University’s research is internationally excellent (3*), with a significant proportion world-leading (4*).
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