My Death, My Choice by Edinburgh Napier University




Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus 9 Sighthill Court Edinburgh EH11 4BN


12:45 am

This event is not hosted by Friends at the End, but our CEO Amanda ward will be speaking there.

Full information is available below.

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The seminar will focus on issues in respect of medically assisted dying, featuring key speakers in this area.
About this Event

The School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University is delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to hear from two important voices on issues of death and dying in the U.K. This seminar will feature talks from Alex Pandolfo from The Right to Die with Dignity Group and Amanda Ward from Friends at the End Scotland.

Alex Pandolfo, a prominent supporter of Friends at the End is aged 66 years and has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. He previously worked as a University Lecturer. Following his dementia diagnosis six years ago, Alex started a campaign group in 2015 called the ‘Right to Die with Dignity UK’ which is aligned to the World Federation for Voluntary Assisted Dying. Alex is an active supporter of Friends at the End (Scotland), My Death My Decision (England) and Humanist U.K.

Alex has organised to travel to Dignitas (an assisted dying centre in Switzerland) when he considers it appropriate to have an assisted death. He has presented his case for assisted dying within the UK on National and Local Radio and Television. In addition, he has been invited to speak to medical and allied service practitioners across the UK. We are privileged to have Alex join us to share his views and experiences.

Amanda Ward is a PhD Researcher and Chief Executive of Friends at the End Scotland. She is a University tutor and has taught various courses on the LLB programme at the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde. Amanda holds a research Masters Degree from the University of Glasgow with a thesis entitled: Who decides? Balancing Competing Interests in the Assisted Suicide Debate.

Amanda was legal advisor to Patrick Harvie MSP on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill (2015) and is currently Secretary to the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on End of Life Choices. A member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Health and Medical Committee, Amanda recently undertook research into end of life lessons in the USA, specifically looking into Oregon and California’s approach to Assisted Dying.

This seminar has been designed for students of Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy within the School of Health and Social Care. In particular, we invite third year Nursing students and Masters students to join us. As you work towards your professional careers, we would like to offer the opportunity to consider issues of death and dying in a supportive learning environment.

If you have any requirements that the organisers should be aware of, please let us know. We would like to make this seminar as accessible and comfortable as possible for all participants. Tea and coffee will be available mid-way through the seminar.

The seminar has been organised by staff within the School in partnership with the speakers. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Sue Murray at or Ariane Critchley at