Keeping It Real: a workshop

Thursday 7th July, University of Hertfordshire, 9.45-4.30

Room: N205 de Havilland Campus

‘Professionalism means caring for someone else’ – Legal educationalist Clark Cunningham.

Many ethicists claim that sound ethical judgment requires the development of virtuous dispositions. What does this mean for the education of client-facing professionals such as teachers, lawyers, psychotherapists and police officers?  What virtues do such professionals need, and how can they be developed in professional education?

Most work on virtue ethics goes on within the academic discipline of philosophy.  What insight can this work offer these professions and their trainers? And what insights can philosophy gain from encountering the realities of training professionals to engage with the public?

The Manifest Virtue project – led by Dr Brendan Larvor and Professor John Lippitt – seeks, through a blog and planned workshops, to explore these issues.

Our first workshop, Keeping it Real, will explore how various virtues (and, unintentionally, vices) are modelled in the education of certain professional groups.


09:45 Arrivals and coffee/tea/Danishes

10:00-10:30 Introduction and setting the context (BL, JL)

10:30-11:30 Professor Nigel Duncan (Legal Education, City University) “Playing the Wild Card”

11:30-11:45 Coffee/tea/water/biscuits/fruit

11:45-12:45 Chief Supt Jane Swinburne (Chair of the Ethics Committee, Hertfordshire Constabulary)  Embedding the Police Code of Ethics in the Hertfordshire Constabulary – just common sense?

12:45-1:45 Lunch

1:45-2:45 Professor Joy Jarvis and Dr Elizabeth White (Education, University of Hertfordshire)  “Teacher education – a context for modelling professional virtues?”

2:45-3:00 Coffee/tea/water/biscuits/fruit

3:00-4:00 Karen Weixel-Dixon (Psychotherapy, Regent’s University) “Humility as a necessary quality for authentic relationships”

4:00-4:30 Plenary discussion

Attendance is free, but please register in advance by e-mailing Andrew Smith, School of Humanities Research Assistant (

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