Changes for Linacre Centre

Professor David Jones

Professor David Jones

The Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethcs has announce the appointment of Professor David Jones, currently Professor of Bioethics at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, as its new Director. The Centre which moved recently to Oxford,  is developing close co-operation in academic research with Blackfriars Hall, a Permanent Private Hall of Oxford University. As a consequence of this move the Centre is changing its name to The Anscombe Bioethics Centre. The name change has come about because there is already a Linacre College in Oxford. The centre is to be renamed the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, after Professor Elizabeth Anscombe, a distinguished Catholic philosopher who was concerned with bioethics.

The centre is launching an ambitious fundraising campaign to secure permanent  accommodation for the Centre, and an increased body of research staff.

Dr Helen Watt will hold the post of Senior Research Fellow when she steps down as Director. She said`; "We are delighted to have attracted someone of the calibre of David Jones to the Centre: his appointment will raise the Centre's international recognition to a new level. I look forward to working with David to ensure the Centre builds on its excellent reputation both academically and as a source of practical advice."

Professor Jones, who will take up his post in July, said: "I feel honoured to have been appointed as Director of the Linacre Centre, soon to be the Anscombe Bioethics Centre.  It is an exciting time to take up this role: The move of the Centre to Oxford and our developing relationship with Blackfriars is a great challenge and an opportunity. Catholic bioethics must learn from the greatest thinkers of our age and must make its own voice heard at the highest level of academic debate.  I aim to work with colleagues in engaging openly and eagerly with the key ethical issues of our day."

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