The McWhirter Conference 2017

Following 40 years of staging a highly regarded annual sixth form conference at Oxford University (formerly known as the Dicey Conference), the McWhirter Foundation is now co-hosting a second annual conference at Cambridge. The mix of sixth formers, predominantly from state schools, reflects a typical Oxbridge intake. Both events aim to increase the self-confidence of students and encourage them to think about their future role in society. The McWhirter Conference at Oxford traditionally explores the balance between the responsibilities of the individual and the state, while the conference at Cambridge focuses on a topic linked to 'science and technology'.

The McWhirter Foundation has no political agenda and invites speakers with a range of contrasting views. There is no cost to those attending other than travel.


The McWhirter Oxford Conference 2017 took place at Trinity College on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th March.

The title was ‘Brave new Britain?’


The McWhirter Cambridge Conference 2017 took place at Newnham College on Wednesday 29th March and Thursday 30th March .

The title is ‘Bioethics - Who decides?’