Professional Ethics at Keele
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What our students say about us
- "I’ve always been interested in the ethical and legal side of healthcare and this course seemed to offer everything I wanted, so I could study the subject in more depth. We covered the ethics and law of reproduction, death and dying, conscientious objection, gender issues in healthcare and more! The course opened my mind to so many other issues in healthcare and focused it on the importance of ethical healthcare which puts people first. The course was flexible to fit in with work and the quality of the teaching staff was superb." Comment from Beverley Bostock, MA in Medical Ethics and Law (2018).
- "I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it a very valuable experience which I hope will make me a better doctor." Comment from a Neonatal Registrar, Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Ethics and Law (2014-15).
- "The sessions, as always, were very informative and thought provoking, incorporating good debate and interesting thoughts to enhance the teaching." Feedback from a student on the Professional Doctorate in Medical Ethics (2009).
- "Very dynamic, knowledgeable and interesting. Presented topics/cases/materials very well and kept everyone involved. Incorporated variety of experiences and expertise levels of participants very skilfully." Comment from a delegate attending a recent Research Ethics Training course (2010).
- "All excellent, clearly very knowledgeable, helpful, clear, sociable, and I found the two days very stimulating, interesting and enjoyable." Comment from a delegate attending a recent Research Ethics Training course (2010).
- "A really excellent course. Professionally presented, but with an openness to participants and their views. It was clear that the presenters had deliveredthis course a number of previous times, but still managed to present with enthusiasm and freshness and incorporate pertinent and topical examples. A good combination of the theoretical and the practical." Comment from a delegate attending a Research Ethics Training course (October 2007).
- "The Ethics Unit had a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and was enthusiastic about knowledge transfer activities, and so the existing staff initially took on extra work without central funding. Success has been due to the excellence in the training and the identification of attractive unique selling propositions which others were unable or unwilling to offer. Advice/input from central university departments was received on pricing and contracts,but content, marketing, and overall strategy has been determined by the academic unit... Success is measured by (i) the quality of delegate feedback (ii) number of bookings received (iii) total income generated for the academic unit (iv)indirect benefits (external esteem, boost to student recruitment, research opportunities)." HEFCE guidance on good practice in knowledge transfer and exchange (2006) - the Keele Training for Research Ethics Committees programme was one of four chosen to illustrate the theme of 'Uniting expertise with business need'.
- "The course was excellent and definitely worth the money and time invested. I have a much clearer understanding of ethical and legal issues relevantto my everyday practice, and was able to develop skills in critical reading and interpretation and evaluation of arguments. I am hoping to continuemy studies at Keele by moving on to the MA year, which involves writing a 15-20 000 word dissertation on a topic of my choice." BMJ Career Focus (2006) - report by former student on MA Medical Ethics and Law.
- "I really enjoyed it. We explored ethical concepts around clinical scenarios that occur in daily practice. It provides a good grounding on underlying concepts and the moral and legal aspects. The teaching is informal and the staff are enthusiastic. It encouraged me to go on and study for the Master's degree... Understanding the underlying philosophical principles makes you realise that often there is no right or wrong answer, and the more you learn, the harder—not easier—the ethical decisions become." BMJ Career Focus (2004) - report by former student on MA Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care.