Dr Iain Brassington

Senior Lecturer

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Iain received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Birmingham in 2003; his thesis was an attempt to introduce themes from Heidegger into moral philosophy.  Before that, he received an MSc with Distinction in Health Care Ethics from Birmingham (1999), and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Hull (1998). He taught at the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele from 2003-2006 and at Keele Medical School in 2004-5; he has also taught in the Medical School at Birmingham in various roles between 1998 and 2003, and at the Philosophy Department at Warwick. Additionally, he has had stints as a lorry driver, barman, schoolteacher and as a private tutor in philosophy.

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Iain is programme director of the campus-based MA, LLM, and intercalated MSc degrees in Healthcare Ethics and Law.  As well as teaching on that degree, he also teaches on their Distance Learning equivalents.  He is course director for the modules undergraduate modules on Jurisprudence and Professional Ethics for Lawyers.  He also teaches sessions for, and supervises students registered on, the PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence.


Iain is an editor of, and contributor to, the Journal of Medical Ethics' blog, where he witters on about all manner of things healthcare ethics and law-related.

He is a frequent contributor to media debates in the UK and further afield, having appeared several times on BBC TV and Radio, and in Newsweek, the Financial Times, Daily Mail, and Guardian.

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Member of Ethics Committee, British Medical Association (BMA)

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