Prior Pursglove hosts Ethics Conference for Students

Philosophy & Ethics students got the new term off to an inspiring start, when Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough, near Middlesborough, hosted a conference with notable academics and philosophers Dr Peter Vardy and Charlotte Vardy as keynote speakers.


An intensive conference aimed at those studying Ethics for AS and A Level, ‘Ethics Matters’ asks students to consider how the last century of conflict has changed our approach to moral philosophy. Led by Dr Peter Vardy, formerly the Vice Principal of Heythrop College, London, students had the opportunity to participate in debates on subjects such as human rights, whilst also questioning how our idea of good has changed in recent times. Students were also asked to consider questions of human freedom, moral luck, rights for government and personal responsibility.

Philosophy & Ethics teacher June Feather said: “Dr Peter Vardy is a renowned academic who runs conferences for A Level students around the country. He’s a charismatic lecturer, who manages to inspire young people to engage with some of the most difficult questions in modern ethics.”

Student Tom Found said: “The speakers were passionate and engaging and the day was generally very interesting.  The subject matter was thought provoking and often inspiring.”

Dr Peter Vardy said: “We were so pleased to find a college taking Philosophy and Ethics seriously and to meet with young people so passionate and knowledgeable about their subject. Many people recognise the importance of learning to think critically and of reflecting on the ethics of issues like war and human rights at school, despite the current government’s apparent policy of reducing opportunities to do this.” 

Prior Pursglove College runs one of the most popular Philosophy & Ethics courses in the region, with 81 students currently enrolled. Over the last 17 years, the course has achieved a 100% A level pass rate.

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