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 has responsibility for directing PEALS teaching and learning strategy which emphasises the recruitment of post-graduate students for M.Phil/ PhD as well as offering a continuing professional development programme (CPD) including short courses and bespoke training events for health professionals and other professions with an interest in the social and ethical implications of the biosciences.
PhD Bioethics (Manchester)
B.A. (Hons) Philosophy
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).
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'.
Reviewer for the following Journals: Journal of Medical Ethics, Bioethics, Medicine Philosophy and Healthcare, Sociology, Reproductive Biomedicine Online, Human Fertility.
Board Member: Blackwells Journal of Nursing philosophy.
Oxford University Press
Open University Press
Assessor for National/ International Research Panels:
NSC Northern Ireland
Ethics of human foetal tissue research, social and ethical implications of medical nano-biotechnology, social and ethical aspects of neuromuscular disease research.
Clinical decision-making: genetics, human stem-cell research.
Work package leader on 3 EU FP6 projects.
National Ethics Advisors' Panel Member, (NHS) National Research Ethics Service.
Chair: Project Ethics Council, TREAT-NMD EU FP6 Network of Excellence
NHS Research Ethics Committee Vice-Chair (Newcastle and North Tyneside 1)
University of Northumbria Research Ethics Committee Lay Member (2003 -2008)
EU FP6 DGEMap (formerly GeneExpress) Ethics work package - £94,419.05
EU FP6 SmartHEALTH Ethics work package - £179,000
EU FP6 TREAT-NMD Ethics work package - €250,000