Ms Georgia Testa

Ms Georgia Testa


After teaching assistant roles at the Open University and Keele, I joined the University of Leeds in 2005. My main teaching responsibility, then as now, is to manage the medical ethics and law strand of the curriculum in the undergraduate programme of the School of Medicine. In 2015 I devised the medical ethics and law strand for the new Physician Associate programme.

Until 2018, I also taught for IDEA on the intercalated BA and MA in 'Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics', and devised some of their distance learning modules for the programmes in 'Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics' and 'Applied and Professional Ethics'.

Teaching for Philosophy has included Introduction to Ethics; Environmental Ethics; War, Terror and Justice. I also devised and led a module on the Ethics of LIfe and Death. I supervise UG and PG dissertations.

I am currently the Director of Student Education (DSE) for the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, and previously undertook the role of Deputy DSE. I have also acted as Assessment Officer for the School.

Until 2017 I was the case studies editor for the journal Research Ethics. I am also a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Philosophy, Bioethics, and the Journal of Medical Ethics.

In 2008 I was invited to join the Education Working Group of the Institute of Medical Ethics (IME) and, collectively, we updated the IME's core content of learning for medical ethics and law which is endorsed by the GMC and recommended to all UK medical schools as a framework for their undergraduate medical ethics and law curricula. From 2015 to 2019 I was the Chair of the IME's Education Committee and led the latest review of the core content of learning for medical ethics and law.

I am also an External Examiner for medical ethics and law for the medical schools of Imperial (London), and Lancaster University.


  • Director of Student Education
  • Lead for Medical Ethics and Law in School of Medicine

Research interests

  • Applied Ethics
  • Biomedical Ethics particularly the ethics of ending life, consent, competence, organ donation, and research ethics
  • Normative Ethics


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  • BA Hons Philosophy from UCL
  • BPhil Philosophy from Oxford

Professional memberships

  • Trustee of the Institute of Medical Ethics (IME)
  • Member of the IME's Education Committee

Student education

As the lead for the medical ethics and law strand of the undergraduate medical curriculum, I lead a group of tutors and am a member of course management teams in the School of Medicine.

For the School of PRHS, I am the Director of Student Education. 

I am also a member of the working group of PriA (Pedagogical Research in the Arts).

I have previously been Assessment Officer for PRHS and a member of the University-wide working group on Marking and Classification.


Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Aesthetic, Moral and Political Philosophy
  • PRIA
  • Philosophy