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Researching Character

To inform our practical programme and advance academic knowledge, we are conducting a multi-year research project in character and moral formation.

In collaboration with the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life, a research institute at the University of Oxford, the Oxford Character Project is conducting theoretical and empirical research on character and moral formation, investigating and formulating postgraduate-specific accounts of character development, and using quantitative and qualitative tools to measure and improve practical programming. We intend to publish academic articles, chapters, and books that disseminate the results of our research.

By integrating high-level academic research and practical programming, Oxford Character Project also intends to develop a curriculum for postgraduate character development, which can be implemented by other universities, professional schools, and educational institutions around the world.

See the links below for further information about our past, ongoing and current research.

Research Projects

  • The Humility Gap primary image

    The Humility Gap

    How can intellectual humility shape our public discourse on contentious issues around gender, race and histories of injustice?

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    Arts of Leading

    A collaboration with TORCH and 'Engaging with the Humanities' at Said Business School.

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  • Cultivating Virtue in the University primary image

    Cultivating Virtue in the University

    While moral formation has historically been one of the university’s central purposes, universities in the modern era have become shy of intentionally shaping the character of their students.

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    Ethics through Fiction and Film

    What can great books and films teach us about moral complexity and the human experience?

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