Ethics and the Civil Service – Past, Present, & Future

Date / time: 8 April, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Ethics and the Civil Service – Past, Present, & Future


Event Itinerary:

Morning Theme: Where are we now on standards in UK public life – and what next?

09.30-10.00 – Registration

10.00 – Opening remarks: Dr Ian Cawood (University of Stirling)

10.10 – Keynote: Above the Law? Parliament and Public Standards Since 1850:

Professor Miles Taylor (Professor of British History & Society, GroßbritannienZentrum Centre for British Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

10.40 – Panel: How robust is the UK’s standards system and what needs to change?:

Professor Elizabeth David-Barrett (University of Sussex); Professor Gillian Peele (University of Oxford); Dr Susan Hawley (Executive Director, Spotlight on Corruption)
Facilitator: Professor Robert Barrington (University of Sussex)

11.30 – Break

11.45 – Panel: A View From Within Public Service: Standards, Civil Servants and Ministers:

Baroness (Gisela) Stuart of Edgbaston; Sir Philip Rutnam (Former Permanent Secretary to the Home Office); Jill Rutter (Institute for Government & King’s College, London)
Facilitator: Professor David-Barrett (University of Sussex)

12.40 – Lunch

Afternoon Theme: How did we get here – and what lessons can we learn?

13.45 – Introduction: Professor Elizabeth David-Barrett (University of Sussex)

14.00 – Presentations: The Civil Service and the British Empire:

Dr Colin Alexander (Nottingham Trent University); Dr Steven Pierce (University of Manchester)

15.00 – Break

15.20 – Presentations: The Rivals of Charles Trevelyan in 19th Century Administrative Reform:

Professor Lauren Goodlad (Rutgers University); Professor Stuart Jones (University of Manchester); Dr Ian Cawood (University of Stirling)

16.50 Closing Remarks

17.00 Close

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Meeting ID: 913 6552 1362

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