Lecturer in Healthcare Law, Swansea University

Angela Smith was born in Clevedon, England but moved to Newport after her father gained employment with British Steel. Angela worked within the banking industry (HSBC) for many years in a variety of locations throughout South Wales both before and after having children. She completed a Law degree from 200-2003 (LLB 1st Class Honours) at Swansea Institute of Higher Education. Angela then completed a PGCE (FE) (Distinction) at Cardiff University. Angela has since completed a Masters Degree (LLM) through distance learning at Bristol University. Prior to joining Swansea University, Angela taught for a number of years through the medium of video conferencing.

Angela currently teaches on a variety of modules within the College of Human and Health Sciences. These include teaching large groups of undergraduate students (e.g. Nurses, Paramedics, Osteopaths, Medical Sciences and Humanities) on a range of legal and ethical topics (e.g. Law on consent, Law on confidentiality, Equality, Principles of Medical ethics and Truth telling) but similarly engaging in small group work tutorials on these topics. Her role as a lecturer also involves teaching postgraduate students studying for their Masters degrees. Angela is actively a part of providing teaching days for qualified nursing staff working with ABMU and Hywel Dda Health Board on a range of topics (Documentation, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards). Marking of examinations and assignments throughout the academic year is also part of Angela's role at the College. When called upon, Angela has taught on a variety of other degree programmes on a ad hoc basis when her expertise is required. For example, Angela has recently taught on the Social Work degree programme.

In terms of research, Angela's main areas of interest are Law and Reproduction, Do Not Resuscitate Orders and Mental Capacity. She is currently applying for HEA Fellowship and has recently submitted an article with a colleague on sex selection.


  • 2012–2018
    Lecturer in helathcare law and ethics, Swansea university