Sunday, 28 February 2016

Research Ethics in Milan

Last week Dr Jonathan Hughes visited the Politecnico di Milano, Italy's largest technical university, to deliver a two-day workshop on Research Ethics.

The workshop was part of a new, week-long course attended by PhD students in bioengineering, architecture, construction, nuclear and renewable energy, management, industrial and chemical engineering, preservation of built heritage, design and many other fields.

The invitation came about as a result of Dr Hughes's work as editor and co-author, with other members of the Centre for Professional Ethics, of the European Textbook on Ethics in Research, published by the European Commission.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Call for abstracts: The Ethics of Disordering


The Ethics of Disordering
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Centre for Professional Ethics, Keele University

Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, 4 April 2016

This one-day research workshop aims to bring together academics in the fields of bioethics, sociology, law, and other relevant disciplines working on the concept of ‘disordering’ (pathologisation or medicalisation), in order to explore the nature of the concept and its implications.

Although the primary aim is to explore the concept of disordering, we are also interested in the process whereby a characteristic, state or condition is conceived of as a disorder potentially for positive (i.e. to get access to support) or negative (i.e. to imprison/control) reasons. This could include temporary states, such as pregnancy; temporal states, such as  end-of-life; anatomical difference, such as intersex; gender difference (trans); and psychological or neurological differences, such as autism.

The workshop will be hosted by the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University on Wednesday, 25 May 2016.

Please send anonymised abstracts of no more than 350 words to Holly Smith at by Friday, 8 April 2016.

Programme decisions will be made by 15 April and you will be informed by email if your abstract has been accepted.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Public seminar - Søren Holm on ageist bioethics

Professor Professor Søren Holm will be delivering the first public seminar in this year's Royal Institute of Philosophy Issues in Healthcare Ethics and Law programme at Keele.

Professor Holm's talk, entitled "The (implicit) anthropology of bioethics is ageist - how can we change it?", will be at 4-5.30pm, Wednesday 25 November 2015 in the Chancellor's Building, room

For details and to download the abstract go to the RIP seminars page on the PEAK website.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Public seminar series in Health Care Ethics and Law

The programme for our 2015-16 Royal Institute of Philosophy public seminar series in Healthcare Ethics and Law is now available from the PEAK website. All seminars are open to the public as well as to Keele staff and students. Anyone interested in healthcare ethics an law is encouraged to attend.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

MA Programmes

Thinking of applying for a place on one of our MA programmes starting this October? There's still time if you're quick! Go to and follow the links to make an online application.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

New appointment

We're delighted to announce that Kirsty Moreton will be joining us as a Lecturer in Medical Ethics in September!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

We're hiring

We are advertising a 12-month lectureship in Medical Ethics, to cover for Anthony Wrigley who will be on a research fellowship next year. Please circulate the link to anyone who may be interested.