Dr Simon Woods
PEALS Co-Director

  • Email: simon.woods@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3254
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 243 0814
  • Personal Website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/peals
  • Address: PEALS (Policy, Ethics & Life Sciences) Research Centre
    Newcastle University
    4th Floor Claremont Bridge
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
    United Kingdom

Roles and Responsibilities

Simon Woods is Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Policy Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre(PEALS). PEALS is engaged in research teaching and outreach on the ethical and social implications of the life sciences and Simon's contribution is across this range but with special responsibility for teaching and learning. Simon has 10 years clinical experience as a cancer nurse and holds bachelor and doctoral degrees in philosophy. He has conducted empirical and conceptual research and has taught and published widely in the health care ethics field.

Simon is currently:

Post-Graduate Research Director for Sociology

Research Ethics Convenor for the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Research Ethics Committee Member: Faculty of Medical Sciences. 


PhD Bioethics (Manchester)
B.A. (Hons) Philosophy

Previous Positions

Lecturer in Bioethics, Institute of Medicine Law and Bioethics/ Centre for Social ethics and Policy, School of Law, University of Manchester.
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, University of Manchester. Lecturer in Nursing (Feb. 1998 – Oct 1999).
Department of Nursing, University of Liverpool: Macmillan Lecturer in Cancer Nursing (1993 –1998).

Research Interests

Interdisciplinary research on social, ethical, and legal aspects of the life sciences, with particular reference to human embryonic and fetal tissue, genetic and other medical technologies; translational research, research ethics and governance, social philosophy and bioethics; palliative care and end of life issues.

A wide selection of Simon's publications can be downloaded from Newcastle University's 'e-prints service'.

Other Expertise

Reviewer for the following Journals: Journal of Medical Ethics, Bioethics, Medicine Philosophy and Healthcare, Sociology, Reproductive Biomedicine Online, Human Fertility.

Academic reviewer:
Macmillan Publishers.
Oxford University Press
Open University Press

Assessor for National/ International Research Panels:
Wellcome Trust
NSC Northern Ireland

Current Work

Social and ethical implications of rare disease genomics, research ethics, end of life ethics.

Future Research

 Social and ethical aspects of the use of reproductive tissues in research

Postgraduate Supervision

Sarah Skyrme

Esteem Indicators

National Ethics Advisors' Panel Member, (NHS) Health Research Authority: National Research Ethics Service.

Chair: Project Ethics Council, TREAT-NMD EU FP6 Network of Excellence (2008-2013)

NHS Research Ethics Committee Vice-Chair (Newcastle and North Tyneside 1 2008-2013)

University of Northumbria Research Ethics Committee Lay Member (2003 -2008)




Postgraduate Teaching