Ms Jennifer O'Neill
- Lecturer in Anatomy (Life Sciences Human Life Sciences)
Jennifer is an academic lawyer - specialising in medical law and ethics - and an anatomist.
Prior to taking up her current position within the School of Life Sciences, Jennifer spent a short time working in industry, specialising in pharmaceutical regulation role and as a legal researcher for the University of Strathclyde.
Jennifer has also completed the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFL) accredited examinations in intermediate-level Modern Greek and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
A member of the Law Society of Scotland's Health and Medical Law Subcommittee, the Scottish Medico-Legal Society and the International Association of Bioethics, Jennifer has also lectured internationally in the areas of anatomy, bioethics and healthcare law.
She presented research on healthcare solidarity to the Philadelphia meeting of the World Congress of Bioethics in 2020 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.
Jennifer specialises in curriculum design, science and medical education and has a particular interest in online teaching.
She has published as the lead author of the collaborative research on the lingual artery in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and as a sole author in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Bioethics, Ethics and Behavior and the Journal of Technology Assessment in Healthcare, as well as serving as a peer reviewer for both the Journal of Medical Ethics and Clinical Anatomy.
Combining her expertise in science, medicine, ethics and law, Jennifer's research focuses upon regulatory issues in medical science and practice and legal interpretations of informed consent as applied to a diverse range healthcare issues. She has recently published research pertaining to informed consent in relation to childhood vaccination mandates and the pelvic mesh scandal.
Jennifer is coordinator for 2Y module Contemporary Issues in Biology and School of Life Science Digital Skills Awareness Course
She also contributes to teaching on the following courses:
- Biology 1A/1B
- MBChB 1
- Human Biological Sciences2C
- Anatomy 3A
- Anatomy 3B
- Physiology 3A
- Neuroscience 3A
- Core Skills for Modern Anatomists 4X BIOL4270
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)