POST fellowship


In 2014, the Council and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) announced a new Fellowship to promote informed debate of bioethics among Parliamentarians.

The fellowship, funded by the Council for three years, is open to PhD students studying a bioethics-related subject at a UK university. Over three months they will research and produce a concise briefing note on an area of public policy that raises bioethical issues.

“The Nuffield Council has always endeavoured to provide independent and rigorous advice on complex bioethical issues and we are delighted to be collaborating with POST to further support and promote informed debate on these issues in Parliament. We are also pleased to be able to offer a unique opportunity for a PhD student to broaden their experiences and to play a key role in supporting bioethical debate within Westminster.” – Director of the Council, Hugh Whittall

Global Health Inequalities

This briefing note for Parliamentarians was published in May 2017, and was researched by the Council’s Fellow Stephen Barrie.The POSTnote reviews trends in global health inequalities and the different ways in which these have been measured. It examines different approaches to reducing health inequalities and challenges in implementing targets such as the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage.

Research Integrity

In January 2017, a briefing note for Parliamentarians was published that considers approaches to promoting integrity in research.

The POSTnote was researched and produced by the Council’s Fellow, Cressida Auckland. The briefing considers current approaches to fostering an environment conducive to good research in the UK, and detecting and preventing practices that fall short of expected standards. It also examines the current mechanisms for supporting integrity in the UK, whether these are sufficient, or if another form of oversight, such as regulation, might be preferable. The note includes references to the Council’s report on the culture of scientific research, published in 2014.


In July 2014, a briefing note for Parliamentarians was published describing the ethical, legal and practical issues raised by biobanks – for example, whether people who donate samples to biobanks should be informed of any health related information resulting from research conducted with their data, and the challenges of linking primary care records to biobank data.

The POSTnote was researched and produced by the Council’s first Fellow, Clare Wenham, a PhD student from Aberystwyth University.

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