How robust is the UK’s standards system and what needs to change

Part of the conference held at the University of Sussex on April 8th, 2022: 'Ethics and the Civil Service- Past, Present, and Future'.

The event brought together historians, political scientists, civil servants, lobbyists and politicians to investigate the factors that lay behind the revelations of poor standards of ethical conduct among senior civil servants in Whitehall in recent scandals such as the Greensill Affair and the ongoing 'Partygate'. The symposium also sought to challenge the persistent myth that traditionally high standards of professional conduct among UK Civil Servants have their roots in the 1854 Northcote-Trevelyan Report and to emphasise that it was the 'modern' Civil Service which administered the British Empire in its final century.


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)


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