Cultivating wise
thinkers and
good leaders

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    George Eliot

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

    Edmund Burke

  • Virtue is about the difficult and the good'

    Thomas Aquinas

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

    Herbert Spencer

The Oxford Character Project is an interdisciplinary initiative at the University of Oxford, focusing on character and leadership development. Our research explores qualities of character that lie at the heart of good leadership and considers how they can be developed in universities and other organizations. Our programmes seek to help talented students become the wise thinkers and good leaders the world desperately needs.

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