The UK Bioethics Postgraduate Student Committee is currently recruiting!

The Postgraduate Student Committee (PSC) consists of an interdisciplinary group of postgraduate students working in bioethics broadly defined- we consist of healthcare practitioners, lawyers, ethicists and philosophers. The committee are responsible for supporting the organization and continuing success of the Postgraduate Bioethics Conference (PGBC), organizing bioethics events for PGRs and helping to grow the bioethics community. We work in conjunction with the Institute of Medical Ethics and our activities have been supported by the Wellcome Trust, The Analysis Trust and The Society for Applied Philosophy.

Joining the PSC is a great way to get more involved in the bioethics community. It provides opportunities to network, gain experience organising events and to build your grant history. We meet four times a year (usually 2 face-to-face meetings and 2 Skype) in different areas of the UK and travel costs will be reimbursed.

If you are interested in joining the committee please complete the short application form and send a CV to Georgina Morley at by the 22nd September 2017. You must be a current or incoming postgraduate student working in bioethics to apply.

The Postgraduate Student Committee work with the support of the Institute of Medical Ethics and are responsible for the continuity and success of future conferences. We are committed to nurturing a postgraduate community in bioethics and if you would like to contact us with suggestions/ ideas for the future please email us at:

  • Co-chairs: Georgina Morley (University of Bristol) and Louise Austin (University of Bristol)
  • David Lawrence (University of Newcastle)
  • Alexander Chrysanthou (University of Southampton)
  • Emma Nottingham (University of Southampton)
  • Sacha Waxman (University of Manchester)
  • Ruchi Baxi (University of Oxford)
  • Kate Sahan (University of Oxford)



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Institute of Medical Ethics Annual Seminar Competition 2017 – deadline for applications September 16th

The Research Committee of the IME invites submissions for its annual seminar competition. The fund is £10,000 and whilst these funds maybe allocated to a single exceptional proposal, we are more likely to fund proposals from three or more applicants. The money can be used to support the delivery of either an individual seminar, workshop or short conference, or to support a series of events. Provided that applicants can show relevance to the aims and objectives of the IME, there are no restrictions concerning the subject matter. Applicants must be members of the IME. Applications may be made by academic researchers as well as those in clinical practice. Applications that involve collaboration between researchers and clinical practitioners are encouraged. Applications will not be considered where the amount of support required from the IME is less than £500, or where the event is targeted at staff or students of a single institution.

If you are considering an application, please ensure that your proposal accords with the published guidance, available below.

If you have any queries, please email: Closing date: 11.59pm on 16th September.


 Seminar Competition Guidance

 The Research Committee of the IME invites applications for the annual Seminar Competition intended to support the delivery of either an individual or short series of events. The total fund available will be £10,000 in any one year.

All applications and enquiries should be submitted to:


  • must be received by 11:59pm on 16th September
  • will be acknowledged by email (applicants are requested to provide an email address for this purpose)
  • Applicants are invited to set out the details, rationale and budget of their proposed event using the relevant form.
  • The full rules and guidance for applicants are presented below.


Rules and Guidance

  1. Eligibility

1.1. Subject to para 1.2, applications will only be considered from IME members.

1.2. Where an application is made by a number of individuals, a lead applicant must be identified. All named applicants must be fully paid-up members of the IME at the time that the application is submitted.

1.3. Members of the IME Committees are excluded from applying for the duration of their tenure.

1.4. Applications will not be considered where the total amount of support sought from the IME is less than £500.

1.5. Applications for partial or joint funding will be considered (see also para 4.5).

1.6 Applications are encouraged from all sections of the biomedical ethics community, including early-career researchers and those involved with biomedical ethics in practice. PhD students should, however, refer to the activities of the relevant IME committee and the annual postgraduate conference before applying to this scheme. Events restricted to doctoral students will not be considered under this scheme (see 3.4).

1.7. All events funded through this year’s competition must be scheduled for completion by the 31st December 2018.

1.8 Awards will be made in a manner that is consistent with the aims of the IME, as defined by its mission statement and charter.

  1. Criteria


The Competition will be judged on the following criteria (in rank order, where ‘2.1’ is the highest). It should not be assumed that successful applications will necessarily meet all the criteria, nor that any standardised weighting will be applied in respect of these criteria.

2.1. Relevance and innovation: applicants should identify the particular relevance of their event(s) to the biomedical ethics community. For this purpose the biomedical ethics community may include funders and users of research in biomedical ethics. Events which support capacity building within biomedical ethics, both research and scholarship will be particularly welcomed. ‘Capacity building’ includes activities designed to introduce research and scholarship in biomedical ethics to new audiences, to increase awareness of new theoretical or methodological approaches within the target community, and otherwise to enhance the capacity to use, undertake or deliver research in biomedical ethics. Applicants are encouraged to be innovative in their design and/or approach to content.

2.2. Access and inclusivity: The event should be as inclusive as possible. Where appropriate, collaboration with those in clinical practice is encouraged. Invitation-only events are not encouraged. Events must not be restricted exclusively to IME members, nor will the IME fund seminars, workshops or training programmes delivered for staff or students of a single department or institution. The IME will assist with publicising the events that are awarded funding.

2.3. Availability of alternative funding: applicants should explain briefly why alternative funding has not been sought, or considered appropriate.

2.4. Raising the profile of the IME: please indicate how you intend to publicise the event, and also detail how your bid incorporates opportunities to raise the profile of the IME (e.g. internationally, with government, policy-makers, the healthcare professions, research funders or users of research) or to recruit new members.

2.5. Dissemination: it is desirable that that the event results in or supports the publication of some paper or electronic (including multimedia) output, or other appropriate form of dissemination beyond those actually attending; the minimum requirement is detailed in 5.4 (below), but a greater degree of dissemination is encouraged.


  1. Eligible costs


3.1. Funds may be sought to meet travel, accommodation and reasonable per diem costs for speakers and discussants. Accommodation costs should not normally exceed £100 per night (£120 in London). Where any papers are co-authored, normally the costs of only one author will be considered eligible for support. Costs and expenses of any other attendees, including session chairs or convenors will not be considered, except that, where an appropriate case for support is made out, an element of funding may be used for postgraduate travel bursaries. The following table indicates the kinds of costs we expect to cover.

Travel Expenses Accommodation
Venue Hire Catering
Additional Subsistence Bursaries to facilitate attendance

3.2. Fees or honoraria will not be met from the award in respect of any speaker or other participant. Salary or salary-related costs of the organiser or of any administrative or secretarial support person cannot be claimed.

3.3. Other reasonable costs of the event which may be included are: catering, room hire, copying and prior circulation of papers, publicity and advertising, including postage costs. Any other items will only be considered where they are expressly identified and the applicant can make a case that such items are essential to the event.

3.4. Awards will not be made under this scheme to fund activities that are exclusively or primarily postgraduate training events.

3.5. The IME will not include in its award any element of overhead or profit for any institution hosting or otherwise supporting the event. The is not registered for VAT.

3.6. The IME in its discretion may exclude any specific items of expenditure from the award to a successful applicant. Any such exclusion(s) will be expressly notified to the applicant at the time the award is made.

  1. Applications

4.1. Application must be submitted on the application form available on the IME website. Applications should be submitted by e-mail. Arrangements can be made for the receipt of applications sent by post. Fax applications will not be accepted.

4.2. Applications must include (a) the title of the proposed event(s), (b) where there is more than one event, the number of events and the timescale of the series, (c) the themes or topics to be addressed, (d) a list of agreed speakers or an indication of those who have been approached and those who have indicated an intention to participate.

4.3. There should be a statement indicating which of the section 2 criteria (above) are met, and how.

4.4. The application must include a clear budget statement identifying the main heads of eligible expenditure, the amount of funding sought under each head and the overall amount sought. Where any funding for the event has been obtained or applied for from another body, including the applicant’s or host institution, this must be disclosed in the application.

4.5. All applications must be accompanied by a letter from an authorised person within the applicant’s institution undertaking to administer any award in accordance with that institution’s approved financial procedures. Where an application is made by a number of individuals or a consortium, the administering institution should normally be the lead applicant’s home institution.

  1. Acceptance of an award


5.1. The IME will require that written confirmation of acceptance is received from the applicant(s) within 14 days of receiving notification of the IME’s offer of an award.

5.2. If such confirmation is not received within 14 days the offer will be deemed to have lapsed and the IME may thereafter offer funding to an alternative bid.

5.3. The IME reserves the right to offer funding subject to the fulfilment of specified conditions. In such a case any acceptance will become binding on the IME only once it is satisfied that such conditions have been or will be met.

5.4. In all cases it will be a condition of acceptance that the applicant(s) will undertake to submit a report of the event/events for publication in the IME’s newsletter and/ or website.

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Come and work with us! 1 year fixed term Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Global Health & Social Medicine. Closing date August 2nd, interviews August 10th

Global Health & Social Medicine (formerly known as the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine) is a unique interdisciplinary department at King’s founded in 2012. GHSM is already ranked within the top 10 of sociology departments in the UK. Its mission is to address the changing landscape of health and medicine from social science perspectives. We explore the complex social determinants of health, illness and ageing, and the relationship between advances in biomedicine and biotechnology with social and medical practices.

The Department invites applications for one Lecturer/Senior Lecturer position. The postholder will be expected to contribute to teaching on our undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. S/he will have a PhD in sociology or another relevant social science discipline, as well as relevant teaching experience and excellent communication skills. Candidates with a a PhD in Philosophy will be considered if they can demonstrate some relevant training in the social sciences. A postgraduate teaching and learning qualification in higher education would be an advantage.

For the Senior Lecturer post the Department is looking for a distinguished scholar who already has an international profile in the area of global health and/or social medicine.

Applicants for Senior Lecturer must have experience in supervising doctoral research students, a proven ability to initiate and/or lead research projects, together with a commitment to launch new ones; a record of research grant income is desirable.

This is a fixed term position for 12 months.

The selection process will include a presentation and a panel interview.

Interviews will be held on Thursday the 10th of August 2017 and Skype interviews will not be possible.

Closing date: 02 August 2017

For more information please see

For inquiries about this position please contact Professor Karen Glaser, Head of Department: | +44 207 848 2554

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New GHSM appointment: Professor Anne Pollock to the position of Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine from June 2018

Written on behalf of our Head of Department, Professor Karen Glaser:

I am delighted to let you know that we have appointed Professor Anne Pollock to the position of Professor of Global Health & Social Medicine in our Department starting  the 4th of June 2018.  Anne is currently a Professor in the School of Literature, Media and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.

AnnePollockWebAs I am sure you all know, Professor Pollock is an internationally renowned scholar in the fields of science and technology studies, critical race studies, and women and gender studies.  She has published extensively in leading international journals, and is the author of the very well-reviewed book Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference.

medicating race
In addition to her outstanding research profile, Anne is a highly  valued, committed and experienced teacher having taught numerous courses at postgraduate and undergraduate level.

I am sure you will all join me in extending a very warm welcome to Anne.

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Register now for the 2017 Institute of Medical Ethics Public Lecture “A Balance of Opposites? Ethics, Judges and Minimally Conscious Patients” with Professor Richard Huxtable on September 26th

We are delighted to announce the 2017 Institute of Medical Ethics Public Lecture on Tuesday September 26th, 2017.

Richard Huxtable, Professor of Medical Ethics & Law, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine at the University of Bristol, will give a talk titled “‘A Balance of Opposites? Ethics, Judges and Minimally Conscious Patients’

When: Tuesday, September 26th at 5:00 pm
Where: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2BE

About the speaker:

HuxtableRichard Huxtable is Professor of Medical Ethics & Law, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine at the University of Bristol.  He has held visiting positions at the Ethox Centre in the University of Oxford, the Centre for Biomedical Ethics in the National University of Singapore and the Hastings Center, New York. A long-standing participant in clinical ethics consultation, Richard is a member of the UHBT Clinical Ethics Advisory Group and a Trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care.

Richard’s research primarily concerns legal and ethical issues in end-of-life decision-making, surgery and paediatrics. He is the author of Law, Ethics and Compromise at the Limits of Life: To Treat or Not to Treat? (Routledge-Cavendish, 2012), Euthanasia, Ethics and the Law: From Conflict to Compromise (Routledge-Cavendish, 2007) and (with Dickenson & Parker) The Cambridge Medical Ethics Workbook (CUP, 2nd edn, 2010), plus numerous articles and chapters. His research has been funded by organisations including the Wellcome Trust and the European Commission and he has given invited presentations at the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal College of Surgeons, as well as conferences worldwide.


This event is free but you need to register here:

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.





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