A new generation
of wise thinkers
and good leaders

  • Education has for its object the formation of character.'

    Herbert Spencer

  • Virtue is about the difficult and the good'

    Thomas Aquinas

  • Character is not cut in marble – it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing.'

    George Eliot

  • Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education'

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • True humility...is the low but deep and firm foundation of all virtues.'

    Edmund Burke

The Oxford Character Project is an interdisciplinary initiative at the University of Oxford, focusing on character and responsible leadership. Our research explores intellectual and ethical aspects of leadership that are vital at a time of complexity and uncertainty. Our programmes aim to help a new generation to become wise thinkers and good leaders who will further the good of society around the world.

Led by Dr Edward Brooks, our team of research and programme development fellows apply academic expertise in the humanities and social sciences to the study of character, culture and responsible leadership across industry sectors.

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