A new generation
of wise thinkers
and good leaders

  • Virtue is about the difficult and the good'

    Thomas Aquinas

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

    Edmund Burke

  • 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 the study and practice of leadership, character and human flourishing.

Our research explores the empirical and philosophical dimensions of responsible, values-based leadership, combining insights from the humanities and social sciences with new advances in measurement technologies. Our programmes leverage proven character-based strategies to help students and professionals to navigate complexity and uncertainty, enabling them to engage challenges, lead across boundaries and contribute positively to organisations and society.

Led by Dr Edward Brooks, our team of research and programme development fellows aims to empower a new generation of wise thinkers and good leaders to promote the good of society across industries and around the world.

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