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J Kenyon Mason Institute – Developing a career in bioethics and health law

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Virtual Event


19 Apr 2021 - 10:00-12:30
20 Apr 2021 - 10:00-12:30

The J Kenyon Mason Institute (MI) is an interdisciplinary network based at Edinburgh Law School that investigates the ethical, legal, social and political issues at the interface between medicine, life sciences and the law. As part of its portfolio of activities, the MI regularly holds events geared towards younger scholars. To that end, the MI would like invite you to a career development and support event, entitled ‘Developing a career in bioethics and health law’. This event is targeted to postgraduate students (LLMs and PhDs) and early career contract researchers (ECCRs) across the UK, but with a particular focus on Scotland and the north of England, tapping into the Northern Bioethics Network connections.

This will be a two-day virtual workshop, scheduled for Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th April 2021 and to be held via Zoom. It is to be co-sponsored with the Empirical Legal Research Network (ELRN), as some of the discussion may explore how one can conduct empirical investigation of legal issues in medicine and the life sciences.

The event will consist of several invited (external and internal) speakers, including a mix of career level and career type (academic, policy, practice), who will speak to their career experiences. Four sessions will take place over the two days, focusing on PhD research proposals and thesis writing; writing and publishing research; grant funding (how to, resources); and career opportunities. Engagement activities will be encouraged for each session.

This event is free and open to all Postgraduate students and ECCRs but registration is required (link below). 


Programme (provisional)

Monday 19 April 2021

10:00-10:05       Welcome from the MI Director

10:05-10:15       Welcome from the event organisers and group introductions 

10:15-11:00       Session 1: Writing PhD research proposals and thesis writing 

  • Proposed session leaders: Jonathan Ives (University of Bristol) and Mary Neal (Strathclyde)

11:00-11:15       Q&A

11:15-11:30       Break

11:30-12:15       Session 2: Writing and publishing your research

  • Proposed session leaders: Mikey Dunn (Oxford) and Sara Fovargue (Lancaster)

12:15-12:30       Q&A


Tuesday 20 April 2021

10:00-10:00       Welcome from the event organisers

10:00-10:45       Session 3: Writing grant applications

  • Proposed session leader: Lucy Frith (Liverpool) and Sarah Chan (Edinburgh)

10:45-11:00       Q&A

11:00-11:15       Break

11:15-12:00       Session 4: Career opportunities in bioethics and health law

  • Proposed session leaders: Mary Guy (Lancaster) and Simon Woods (Newcastle)

12:00-12:15       Q&A

12:15-12:30       Event close – parting thoughts and tips



Image credit: Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

Event Link

Register on Zoom