We have two areas of activity:

  • We host educational conferences for sixth formers, from both state and independent schools, which inspire debate on a social or moral issue.

  • We recognise acts of outstanding bravery and good citizenship - particularly those which may otherwise go unnoticed.

“The McWhirter Conference provides one the greatest educational opportunities for sixth formers in the country”.
— The Hon Michael Beloff QC, Former President of Trinity College, Oxford

What sixth formers and speakers have said about The Mcwhirter conference (formerly known as dicey):

  • 'I have now been given the confidence to apply to Oxford, something I have always dreamed of doing.'


  • 'Thank you for the conference. It was one of the best experiences of my life.'


  • 'My thanks for organising such an inspirational and life changing experience, one that I will definitely never forget!'
  • '...to face the enthusiasm, challenge and sheer quality of such an audience is something I shall treasure for a long time.' Martin Richards QPM, Former Chief Constable of Sussex, Speaker 2014
  • 'I can think of nothing more exciting than being in the company of 80 bright sixth form students….and they didn’t let us down! This conference does so much to bring out the best in them, long may it continue'. Sir Kevin Satchwell, Head of Thomas Telford School, Speaker 2014