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Dr Angela Fenwick  BA (Hons), MSc, MA, PhD

Associate Professor in Medical Ethics and Education, Theme Co-ordinator: Ethics & Law

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Dr Angela Fenwick is Associate Professor in Medical Ethics and Education within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Angela Fenwick has worked in the Faculty of Medicine since 1995. She co-ordinates the ethics and law theme for the BM undergraduate programmes as well as teaching research ethics on the postgraduate research courses.

From 1993 to 1995 she worked in School of Education and from 1995-2006 she was Lecturer in Medical Education and instrumental in the design and development of the BM6 and BM4 programmes as well as contributing to the development of the BM5 programme. From 2002 to 2006 she was the Deputy Director of the BM4 graduate entry programme

Angela is a member of CELS (Clinical Ethics and Law at Southampton:, an interdisciplinary group undertaking research and education in the field of clinical ethics and law with an aim of translating outcomes to a wider community: research and teaching is directed towards the development of national policy and guidelines which improve clinical practice as well as public engagement in the ethical issues which impact on health in society.

Her research interests include: ethical and legal issues in genetic medicine; the use/abuse of the body in medicine; medical decision making; and the limits of autonomy

Angela set up the Faculty Ethics Committee in 2007 and was the Chair of this committee until 2010.


BSc Applied social Science, Kingston Polytechnic (1985)
MSC Information Technology, University of London (1989
MA Medical Ethics and Law, Keele University (2008)
PhD, University of Southampton 2005)

Appointments held

Research Fellow, The Open University, 1992-1993

Research Fellow, University of Southampton, 1993-1995

Lecturer, University of Southampton, 1995-2006.

Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton. 2006–present.

Research interests

Angela Fenwick’s research interest are focused on how ethical issues impact on medical practice and how practice can be improved through greater understanding of the ethical concerns and of different people’s perspectives.

Predictive genetic testing of children

This work explores how parents and healthcare professions view genetic testing in childhood for adult onset conditions, how they can best communicate with each other and whether testing might be acceptable in certain circumstances. Using both a survey of current practice across the UK and in-depth interviews of parents, young people and practitioners, the study aims to provide an evidence basis to guidance and help improve communication about these issues.

Perspectives on the limits of confidentiality in genetic medicine

Despite the recognition by the GMC and the Joint Committee of Medical Genetics that genetic data raise issues of ownership and joint interests, there is little in-depth knowledge about what different parties think about the issues raised and the implication of these for practice. The research is exploring the views of academics, members of genetic specialist interest groups and healthcare professionals, in order to shed light on the complexity of the issues involved and how clinical practice might take these into account

The use of forceps at the PAH: the decision making process

The use of forceps to deliver babies at the Princess Anne Hospital (PAH) has increased over the last five years, and it is unclear why this is the case. The research is examining the underlying reasons for this trend by following clinician’s decision making process using observations, in-depth interviews and questionnaires.


Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Postgraduate student supervision

2009 Joyce Wamoyi PhD


Lis Arnold
Gill Crawford

Faculty of Medicine

Member of the Faculty Ethics Committee

University of Southampton

Member of Senate

National and International responsibilities

Southampton University Hospital Trust (SUHT) Clinical Ethics Committee: member
UK Clinical Ethics Network (UKCEN): member of the Board of Trustees
Institute of Medical Ethics (IME): member of the Board of Governors

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Angela is the Ethics and Law theme co-ordinator in the Faculty. This involves developing the curriculum to ensure the theme is integrated appropriately; organizing all the teachers who teach for the theme; the assessment of students’ learning; and teaching.

Personal Tutor

BM programmes (BM4/BM5/BM6): teaches ethics and law to all years of all three programmes

BMedSci: Offers supervision to up to 3 students per year in the Clinical Ethics and Law field

PGT/PGR: Introduces taught and research postgraduate students to ethical issues in human research

Other: Occasional contributions to continuing professional development of doctors and nurses

Dr Angela Fenwick
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Building 85, Life Sciences Building, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ

Room Number: 85/4001

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