Professor Albert Weale awarded CBE

24 June 2013

The former Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Professor Albert Weale, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to political science.

All at the Council would like to send their warmest congratulations to Professor Weale, who chaired the Council from 2008 – 2012.

Albert Weale

Sir Patrick Nairne: 1921-2013

7 June 2013

All at the Council were saddened to hear that Sir Patrick Nairne, the first Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, died on 4 June 2013.

Sir Patrick Nairne

Sir Patrick chaired the Council in its early years from 1991-1996, during which time it published landmark reports on genetic screening, human tissue and xenotransplantation.

Seeking new Council members

4 June 2013

The Council has a broad membership which is revisited from time to time to ensure that it includes the appropriate experience and expertise. We are now seeking applications for new Council members and we would particularly welcome applicants with the following:

  • Experience in basic and/or clinical science

  • Experience in industry

Launch of 'Novel neurotechnologies: intervening in the brain'

3 June 2013

The Council will publish a report on the ethical issues arising from the development and uses of novel neurotechnologies on 24 June.

This report follows an 18-month inquiry chaired by Professor Tom Baldwin, Professor of Philosophy, University of York.

New dementia awareness training plan furthers Council recommendations

28 May 2013

The Government has today published a mandate to Health Education England (HEE) that sets out plans for educating and training all NHS staff to improve patient care, including for patients with dementia.

New Council members appointed

16 May 2013

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new members of Council:  

Dr Ann Gallagher

Ann Gallagher is Reader in Nursing Ethics & Director of the International Centre for Nursing Ethics at the University of Surrey. She has written a number of books, journal and media articles and teaching materials on healthcare ethics and has been Editor of the journal Nursing Ethics since March 2009.

Listen again to our annual lecture

14 May 2013

Professor John Harris presented the Council's Annual Lecture ‘Freedom of Speech, Scientific Freedom and Public Safety: A two pipe problem with a dual remedy solution’ at the Wellcome Collection in London on Tuesday 7 May. 

More than 100 people attended the event to hear Professor Harris share his thoughts on the tensions raised between these three core elements of a free and just society, and the possible threats to these posed by a sea change in technology and communications.

Box Office Bioethics: 2013 winners

10 May 2013

On Tuesday 7 May, the winners of our student film competition Box Office Bioethics were presented with their prizes by Dr Rhona Knight, Chair of the Council’s Education Advisory Group during our annual public lecture in London. Each winning team received a £200 gift voucher and their films were shown at the event.


Year 11 and Under

New teaching resources: organ and tissue donation

25 April 2013

The Council has published a new set of teaching resources based on its report Human bodies: donation for medicine and research (2011) which considers the ethical acceptability of various ways of encouraging people to donate for the treatment of others and for medical research.

Download the free resources

New ethics report addresses if, when and how people conceived using donor sperm or eggs should be told of their origins

Press Release

17 April 2013

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has today published a report that says parents of donor-conceived children should be the ones to decide what to tell their children about their conception, but that they need more support in making and following through this difficult decision.