Simon’s current research project aims to improve the provision of information to patients who are participating (or considering participating) in clinical trials. He will help to develop a template for an electronic, unfolding information sheet, which will allow patients to access as much or as little information as they wish. The project also includes a pilot qualitative study, which will investigate trial participants' use of information sheets and consent interviews.
He is also employed on the Acceptable robotiCs COMPanions for AgeiNg Years (ACCOMPANY) project, considering the ethical issues surrounding the use of care robots to look after the frail and elderly.
Simon completed his undergraduate degree in Stirling, during which time he undertook a year of study abroad at the University of Victoria, Canada. After this, he completed a masters degree at Reading, before commencing his PhD in Birmingham. He successfully defended his thesis in November 2013 and will graduate in July 2014.
As well as reproductive and medical ethics, Simon is interested in environmental ethics, population ethics, artifiicial intelligence, and philosophy in general.