Monday, 17 November 2014

Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture Series

The programme for Keele's 2014-15 Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series in Healthcare Ethics and Law is now available. All seminars are open to staff, students and members of the public.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Putting the 'Care' Back in Healthcare

Public Event at Keele University (sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy) on Monday, 27 October 2014. All are welcome!

Register here.

Event Details

This Public Forum on the theme 'Putting the 'Care' Back in Healthcare' will bring together a number of academics working in the field of healthcare ethics and law who will present their research on this theme. The public participants will have time to ask questions, discuss and challenge (themselves, the academics and the other members of the audience).

Lunch will be provided - please email the coordinator if you have special dietary requirements by 20 October.

All are welcome!

Event Programme

10.30: Registration
11.00: Opening Remarks
11.15: Clark Hobson - Equality and Empathy in the Context of Healthcare
12.00: Stephen W Smith - Dignity and Compassion in End-of-Life Care
12.45: Lunch
1.45: Participant Activity - What does care mean to you?
2.00: Kirsty Moreton - Care and the Pregnant Woman: C-Section cases
2.45: Fabienne Emmerich - Power, Care and Risk: Personal reflections of pregnancy and childbirth
3.30: Review
4.00: Close

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Law and Ethics

These studentships are open to applicants in relevant areas of applied and professional ethics. Please circulate to any students who may be interested.

Keele University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Law for 2015-2016
including full AHRC studentships

The School of Law within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University, comprises world-class scholars and research clusters. In RAE 2008, 50% of work submitted by the School of Law was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The School has particular research strength in Healthcare and Bioethics; International and European Law, Professions, Practice, and Legal Education; Private Law, Theory and Practice; and Social Justice and Human Rights Across these clusters, researchers draw on a range of socio-legal, critical, analytical-philosophical and doctrinal approaches.

The School brings together approximately 30 active researchers and 40 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment. Our facilities include dedicated office suites and meeting rooms for postgraduate research students, transferable skills training, and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

Keele University is a member of the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) with the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, RNCM, University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford.  Full details of the consortium can be found here:

For 2015-2016, the Centre is offering a range of studentship opportunities. Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in all areas of legal scholarship in which we have appropriate supervisory expertise.

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit:

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2015-16 include:

    Fully funded AHRC studentships
    Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
    Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
    Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (£13, 863 and £3,996 for 2014/15).

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 January 2015.

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Law Postgraduate Research Director, Professor Alex Sharpe and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point:; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

Monday, 6 October 2014

LCP coverage in Independent and Nursing Times

Dr Anthony Wrigley's analysis of the decision to abolish the Liverpool Care Pathway has been featured in the Independent newspaper.

This follows on from a short article by Dr Wrigley in the Nursing Times, which was followed up with an interview and editorial.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Postgraduate fee bursaries

We still have some bursaries available for the MA in Medical Ethics and Law and the MA in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care, and will be accepting bursary applications until the beginning of September.
For details see and to apply contact

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Interview on assisted dying

Dr Jonathan Hughes was interviewed on the Sunday breakfast show on BBC Radio Stoke, following the House of Lords debate on the Assisted Dying Bill. The interview covered issues including the terminology used in the Bill, the opposition of some medical organisations to participation in assisted dying, and the significance of religious views on the sanctity of life.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Media coverage of LCP article

An article by Dr Anthony Wrigley, criticising the Neuberger Report, which led to the decision to abolish the Liverpool Care Pathway, has received wide coverage in the Telegraph and other news outlets.

Dr Wrigley's article, which has just been published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, points out that the treatment of terminally ill patients in the UK has been rated as world-leading, in part due to the Liverpool Care Pathway, which aimed to spread the advances in palliative care developed by the hospice movement into hospital settings. Dr Wrigley argues that the failure in some cases to implement the Pathway properly is not a good basis for ending an approach that is widely seen as an example of best practice.

Dr Wrigley is Programme Director of Keele's MA in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care.

Scrapping Liverpool Care Pathway too 'extreme'- The Telegraph

Liverpool Care Pathway written off too soon, says senior ethicist - Pulse

Scrapping end of live care pathway was 'too extreme' - Nursing Times

Liverpool Care Pathway Death Panels Were 'Too Extreme' - But So Are Ending Them - Science 2.0

Decision to jettison end of life Liverpool Care Pathway 'too extreme' - Medical Xpress

Scrapping Pathway 'too extreme' - Jersey Evening Post

Scrapping Pathway 'too extreme' - Yahoo! News

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Postgraduate Fee Bursaries

Thinking of postgraduate study in Medical Ethics and Law or Medical Ethics and Palliative Care?
Check out our Postgraduate Bursaries here.

These fee bursaries, worth £1,000 each, will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The PGT fee bursaries are equally available to Home/EU and International applicants with a confirmed place on a School of Law PGT programme.

The deadline for applications is 1st June 2014.

Keele graduates or those graduating this year may also be eligible for the Keele Graduate Bursary - see here.