Prof Rebecca Bennett

Professor of Bioethics

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Biography

Professor Rebecca Bennett, is Professor in Bioethics. Becki has taught bioethics since 1993 and has published widely on diverse issues in bioethics. In 2002 she devised and launched the innovative distance learning MA in Health Care Ethics and Law which she ran until 2009.  From 2009 to 2014 she was the Programme Director for the PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence – another innovative programme that bases a doctoral thesis around published papers.  She has recently launched a comprehensive package of short online CPD courses in medical ethics and law. 

Becki has published widely on diverse issues in bioethics including the ethics of screening for Down’s syndrome including NIPT, the ethics of blood spot screening in newborns, the ethical treatment of transgender children and adolescents, antenatal HIV testing, assisted reproductive technologies, prelimplatation genetic diagnosis, genetic testing in pregnancy, arguments surrounding attempts to eradicate disability including arguments against Procreative Beneficence, responsibility in pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, cloning, stem cell research, men’s reproductive rights, male pregnancy, ectogenesis, selective treatment of infants, sex selection, the role of public consultations in ethics and law and the possibility of ethical compromise.

Becki's latest paper is available via open access.  'When Intuition is Not Enough. Why the Principle of Procreative Beneficence Must Work Much Harder to Justify Its Eugenic Vision', Bioethics, 2013. 

Media Availability:

Medical ethics particularly reproductive ethics including prenatal testing for Down's Syndrome and ethics concerning HIV.

Becki was the ethical advisor on the recent BBC Documentary 'A world without Down's Syndrome?'

Recent blogs include:

A world without Down's Syndrome?  is the non-invasive test for Down's a positive medical breakthrough or a tool for eugenics?

What's wrong with routine antenatal testing for Down's? 

Discussion Group:

Visit Becki’s healthcare ethics and law discussion group on Facebook at:

http://manchester.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6523616651&ref=nf

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Teaching:

From its launch in February 2002 until January 2009 she was Programme Director for the MA/LLM/Postgrad Diploma in Healthcare Ethics and Law by Distance Learning. This innovative programme allows students to study for an MA, LLM or Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate without attending the university. This programme was one of the first fully distance learning programmes in the University and in this area of study.  Becki was responsible for developing these programmes and their novel mode of delivery.  

In 2009 Becki launched a number of short online CPD courses in healthcare ethics and law which provide training for healthcare professionals http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/connect/cpd/

Becki is very actively involved in developing new methods of online delivery both in the School of Law and the wider University and sees a central part of her role in developing online and distance learning.

Contact Becki for a sample of the distance learning materials or more information about that courses we offer.

Becki is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Law.

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