Dr June Jones PhD, MSc, RGN

Dr June Jones

School of Medicine
Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics

Contact details

90 Vincent Drive
School of Medicine
Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

June Jones is Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics and Law and has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy, 2015. 

She is Head of the University of Birmingham UNESCO Unit of the Chair in Bioethics


  • PhD in Biomedical Ethics 2005
  • MSc in Health Care and Law, University of Liverpool, 1996
  • RGN, 1986


June trained as a nurse, qualifying in 1986. She specialised in intensive care, and whilst working there undertook an MSc in Health Care Ethics and Law. Having completed that, she taught for 3 years on the MSc Health Care Ethics and Law at Liverpool University.

June joined University of Birmingham in 2000, completing her PhD in Aristotelean potentiality at the beginning and end of life in 2005. In 2004 she took over as Programme Director of the MSc in Biomedical Ethics and Law and the intercalating BMedSc in Biomedical Ethics and Law. In 2006 she was promoted to Senior Lecturer.

June has played a key role in supporting students, as Year Tutor on the MBChB for 6 years, as College Head of Graduate Student Support since 2008, and as College Lead on Religious and Cultural Diversity since 2008. In 2010 was awarded the Birmingham University Teaching Fellowship in recognition of her work to enhance diversity opportunities within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

June combines her research interests in religious and cultural diversity and medical education. She presents at medical education conferences and diversity conferences on these themes. She is Chair of the Religious and Cultural Beliefs Forum, a voluntary forum for staff and students to debate issues that relate to the health needs of patients and beliefs of colleagues.

June also leads the University Repatriation of Human Remains. She has overseen repatriation to the Salinan Tribe of Native Americans (May 2012), Maori remains to Te Papa repatriation centre in New Zealand (October 2013) and aboriginal Australian remains (October 2016).

In January 2017, June set up the University of Birmingham UNESCO Unit of the Chair in Bioethics. This is an exciting collaboration with UNESCO, which involves colleagues from across the University. http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/mds-cpd/conferences/unesco-bioethics/index.aspx


Postgraduate supervision

June is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • The ethics of stem cell research and translational therapies.
  • The role of religious and cultural beliefs in the development of professionalism

If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact June on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings.   

Doctoral research

PhD title
Aristotelean Potentiality at the Beginning and End of Life



Ethics in medicine, bioethics and social practice

June is Ethics and Equality Lead on the European Commission funded ITN Network: DECIDE (Decision-making within cells and differentiation entity therapies). This four year project, with partners in Switzerland, Poland, Ireland and New Jersey, seeks to advance knowledge of and treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. She is responsible for all the ethics teaching on the project and ensuring that equality and diversity requirements are met throughout the course of the project. She is on the Executive Board, the Research and Enterprise Committee and the Training Committee for the project.

June is currently exploring textual analysis of how religion and religious beliefs are presented in the academic literature. The project is looking to see if religion and religious beliefs are discussed in positive or negative ways, whether stereotypes are perpetuated and whether assumptions are explored.

Other activities

Member of the National Human Remains Specialist Interest Study Group.

Member of the University of Birmingham Advancing Equality in Employment Academic Reference Group.

Member of the Health Care Advisory Council, Tenenbaum Centre for Interreligious Understanding, New York.

Member of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Clinical Ethics Committee

Member of Partnership in International Medical Education, a charity working to help medical schools in developing and restructuring countries to enhance their curriculum and retrain academics.


Jones, J (2017) 'Editorial: Going back to the source: cultural safety in diverse societies' in Whitireia Nursing and Health Journal 24: 9-12 

Tiller, R. Jones, J. (2017) 'Ethical reflection for medical electives' in Clinical Teacher https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tct.12657

Jones J, Pattison S. ‘Compassion as a philosophical and theological concept’ in Compassion in Nursing: Theory, Evidence and Practice. Eds Hewison, A. Sawbridge, Y. Palgrave. ISBN 9781137443694 (July 2016)

Herewini, TH, Jones J, (2016) A partnership approach to repatriation: building the bridge from both sides. Tuhinga, (July 2016)

 Blaber M, Jones J, Willis D. (2015) ‘Spiritual Care: Which is the best assessment tool for Palliative settings?’ International Journal of Palliative Care Nursing 21:8. p392-401

 Willis D, Kitchen R, Jones J. (2015) ‘What’s the evidence for evidence?’ International Journal of Palliative Care Nursing 2;21(5):213-215

 Jones J, Shanks A. (2015) ‘No defence?: perceptions about five doctors accused of killing a patient (1957-2009) in Complaints, Controversies and Grievances: historical and social science perspectives (eds Reinarz J and Wynter R) Routledge. p223-239.

Willis D, Gannon C, Jones J. (2014) ‘Specialist Palliative Care, Non-Cancer Conditions and Guilt: an unholy triad?’ International Journal of Palliative Nursing vol 20, no 3, p121-123

 Arnand V, Jones J, Gill P (2013) ‘The Relationship Between Spirituality, Health and Life Satisfaction of Undergraduate Students in the UK: An Online Questionnaire Study’ Journal of Religion and Health doi: 10.1007/s10943-013-9792-0

 Jones J, Pattison P. (2013) ‘Editorial: Religion and Health’ Health Care Analysis doi: 10.1007/s10728-013-0246-3

 Jones J., Shanks A (2013) ‘Laid Bare: Religious Intolerance Within Online Commentary About ‘Bare Below the Elbows’ Guidance in Professional Journals’ Health Care Analysis doi:10.1007/s10728-013-0248-1

 Jones J. (2013) ‘Equality of outcome for people with darker skin’ Diversity and Equality in Health and Care 10:53-5

Parle J, Ross N, Jones J. (2012) Investigating beneficial drug reactions. British Medical Journal. Jan 4;344:d8337

Jones, J. (2011) ‘Respecting and Promoting Religious and Cultural Diversity’ Medical Education vol 45 s2, 67.

McHale, J. & Jones J. (2011) ‘Privacy, confidentiality and Abortion statistics: a question of public interest?’ Journal of Medical Ethics Published Online First: 27 June 2011 doi:10.1136/jme.2010.041186

June J. 2010 ‘Raising Children: a character-based approach to residential child care’ Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care 9; 2. 22-27.

June J. 2003 ‘The Nature of Dilemmas in Intensive Care’ in Ethics in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. (eds) Draper, H and Scott, W. Butterworth-Heinmann. 

June J 2003 ‘Response to Wenstone’ in Ethics in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (eds) Draper, H and Scott, W. Butterworth-Heinmann. 

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