Ms Jennifer O'Neill
- Lecturer in Anatomy (Life Sciences Human Life Sciences)
A University of Glasgow graduate who holds a BSc(Hons) degree in Anatomy, Miss Jennifer O'Neill returned to the School of Life Sciences as a lecturer in April 2020.
Jennifer attained the top oral presentation score in her class and presented the dissertation research on ‘the lingual arteries in oral cancer’ at the European Joint Congress on Clinical Anatomy in Lisbon 2013.
Prior to taking up her current position within the School, she lectured internationally in the areas of anatomy, bioethics and healthcare law. Jennifer is a member of the Law Society of Scotland's Health and Medical Law Subcommittee and was invited as an expert speaker on Bloomberg Radio's Daybreak Europe show in November 2020 to discuss ethical and legal considerations of the UK's COVID-19 vaccination strategy. She presented research on healthcare solidarity to the Philadelphia meeting of the World Congress of Bioethics in 2020.
Specialising in curriculum design, medical education and online teaching, having developed a module for Clinical Bioethics and Legal Medicine for fifth year MD students, Jennifer, who is set to begin a PhD in Medical Law this year, has been a Facilitator with the School of Medicine at the University of Glasgow since 2018.
She was published as the lead author of the ongoing the collaborative research on the lingual artery, in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2016 and continues to maintain her knowledge in anatomy as a voluntary peer reviewer of a leading online anatomy resource.
Having subsequently studied part of the MBChB programme, she made the switch to law, receiving commendation before going on to complete an LLB (Hons) at the University of Northumbria in 2016.
A short time spent working in the industry in pharmaceutical regulation followed before returning to academia and a role as a legal researcher.
Jennifer has also completed the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFL) accredited examinations in intermediate-level Modern Greek.
Combining her training in science, medicine and knowledge of Bioethics, Healthcare Law and Legal theory, Jennifer's research focuses upon regulatory issues in medical science and practice.
Her current research considers informed consent in various topical healthcare issues and she recently published research on bioethical theories relating to childhood vaccination in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
A member of the International Association of Bioethics, Jennifer intends to cover wider issues of autonomy, regulation of medical science and medical practice in future research.
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2006: John Hunter Medal for Distinction in Anatomy (University of Glasgow Senate)
- 2016: Commendation (Law) (University of Central Lancashire Senate)
Professional & learned societies
- 2021: Member, Scottish Medico-Legal Society
- 2021: Member of the Health and Medical Law Subcommittee, Law Society of Scotland
- 2020: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,
- 2020: Recognising Excellence in Teaching Associate Fellow, University of Glasgow
- 2020: Member, International Association of Bioethics
Selected international presentations
- 2013: European Joint Congress of Clinical Anatomists (Lisbon)
- 2020: World Congress of Bioethics (Philadelphia)