Dr Simon Jenkins

Dr Simon Jenkins

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow, Medicine, Ethics, Society & History

Contact details

Room 129, 90 Vincent Drive
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Simon is currently employed on a project titled ‘Military healthcare professionals’ experiences of ethical challenges whilst on Ebola humanitarian deployment (Sierra Leone)’, which involves qualitative interviews with military personnel who have recently returned from dealing with the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. He is also employed on the Surveillance: Ethical Issues, Legal Limitations, and Efficiency (SURVEILLE) project, a large European project examining ethical issues of surveillance technology. He has currently worked on a project aiming to improve the provision of information to patients who are participating (or considering participating) in clinical trials. That project also included a pilot qualitative study, which will investigate trial participants' use of information sheets and consent interviews. He was also recently 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.


  • PhD The ethical allocation of gametes donated for fertility treatment, University of Birmingham 2014
  • MA in Ethics and Political Theory, University of Reading, 2010 – Pass with Merit
  • BA (Hons) in English Studies and Philosophy, University of Stirling, 2009 – 2:1 


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 graduated in July 2014. As well as reproductive and medical ethics, Simon is interested in environmental ethics, population ethics, artificial intelligence, and philosophy in general. 


Simon co-ordinates and teaches on both the Bioethics and Law (BEL) module and the Ethics in Research (EiR) module on the BMedSc programme for intercalating medical students. 

Other activities

Simon is chair of Giving What We Can: Birmingham, which is a local chapter of an international organisation dedicated to improving the world in the best way possible. They undertake research into the cost-effectiveness of charities and make recommendations about where people should donate their money to have the greatest impact.


S. Jenkins & H.Draper, (2014) Robots and the Division of Healthcare Responsibilities in the Homes of Older People, Computer Science 8755: 176-185