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Centre Research Replicated and Reported to Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan

04/02/16

The Centre's Character Education in UK Schools research study was replicated in 21 schools in Taiwan, involving 1,500 junior high school students and 41 teachers. Results were recently reported to the Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology by Associate Professor Yen-Hsin Chen, Department of Education, National Taichung University of Education. The official report describes relatively high scores on moral dilemma tests for the Taiwanese sample. This important collaboration between Taiwan and the Jubilee Centre will continue in autumn 2016, when Dr David Walker visits Taiwan at the invitation of the government, to talk to universities and schools about character education.

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Deputy Director Presents at Interdisciplinary Conference on Wellbeing in France

01/02/16

Professor Kristján Kristjánsson presented a paper entitled 'Flourishing as the Aim of Education' and introduced the work of the Jubilee Centre at a conference in Marseille, France, on 28th-30th January 2016. The title of the conference was 'Interdisciplinary challenges in wellbeing research: Definitions and methods' and it was organised by the Aix-Marseille School of Economics and the L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes En Sciences Sociales:

http://www.amse-aixmarseille.fr/evenement/interdisciplinary-challenges-wellbeing-research-definitions-and-methods-0

Prof. Kristjánsson's abstract is available here.

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Centre Director Speaks at APPG on Religious Education

20/01/16

On Tuesday 19th January, Centre Director, Prof. James Arthur, spoke as an invited panellist at an event organised by the APPG on Religious Education held at the House of Commons.  The event focussed on the debate around combatting extremism and promoting community cohesion through the teaching of religious education.  Prof. Arthur emphasised the critical role of character education and the importance of teaching moral and civic virtues in schools.  His speech highlighted the character of teachers themselves as the most significant factor to the character development of students. Speakers also included Ron Skelton, Head of Broadway Academy in Birmingham, Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer for the Church of England, Dr. Marius Felderhof from the University of Birmingham and David Hampshire, Chair of the National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education. 

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Centre Welcomes Professor Howard Curzer as Distinguished Visiting Professor

18/01/16

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to have welcomed Prof. Howard Curzer from the Department of Philosophy at Texas Tech University, as the first Distinguished Visiting Professor of 2016. Prof. Curzer visited the Centre from 11th-15th January and during this time delivered a presentation titled 'Teeny Tiny Bits of Virtue' as part of the Centre's bi-weekly seminar series. The presentation can be viewed here.  Prof. Curzer is the author of Aristotle and the Virtues (OUP, 2012), and the editor of Ethical Theory and Moral Problems (Wadsworth, 1999). He has published articles on ancient philosophy, contemporary virtue ethics, the Confucian tradition, moral development, research ethics, biomedical ethics, and the ethics of care. 

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Professor Steve Thoma Named Distinguished Research Professor

18/01/16

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees has named Dr. Steve Thoma, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Alabama, and Professor of Moral Psychology and Psychometrics at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, a University Distinguished Research Professor.  The title recognises Prof. Thoma's international achievements and scholarly contributions within the field of moral psychology. Prof. Thoma is internationally known for his research and in particular, for his work in developing and validating new measures in the social/moral domain.  The Jubilee Centre would like to extend its congratulations to Prof. Thoma.  Find out more here.

 

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Deputy Director Joins Royal Institute of Philosophy's Council

18/01/16

The Centre's Deputy Director, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, has been elected to be a member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy's Council. The Royal Institute of Philosophy, also a partner of the Jubilee Centre, is an institute dedicated to the advancement of philosophy in all its branches through the organisation and promotion of teaching, discussion and research of all things philosophical. Find out more about the Institute here.

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Centre Appoints Lord James O'Shaughnessy as Senior Fellow

18/01/16

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues is delighted to announce the appointment of Lord James O'Shaughnessy as Senior Fellow. Lord O'Shaughnessy is Founder and Director of Floreat Education, and Director of Mayforth Consulting, where he has lead several projects aimed at reforming publicly-funded schooling in the UK.

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Professor David Carr Presents in Romania

18/01/16

Prof. David Carr gave an invited keynote address to the Coimbra High Level Policy Seminar on Education entitled 'A Tradition of Innovation' at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, in Iasi, Romania. Taking place in October 2015, the conference was concerned with issues of university education and attended by top level university leaders and managers from all over Europe and the middle east. Prof. Carr spoke about the significance and relevance of Jubilee Centre work on character and virtue to higher education in general and to the university education of students for a wide variety of professions and vocations in particular.  Prof. Carr's presentation is available here.

 

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Dr Tom Harrison Publishes in Ethics and Information Technology Journal

15/01/16

Dr Tom Harrison, Director of Education at the Jubilee Centre, has published an article titled 'Virtuous reality: moral theory and research into cyber-bullying' in Ethics and Information Technology.

The abstract for the article can be found below. The full article can be accessed here.

This article draws on a study investigating how 11–14 year olds growing up in England understand cyber-bullying as a moral concern. Three prominent moral theories: deontology, utilitarianism and virtue ethics, informed the development of a semi-structured interview schedule which enabled young people, in their own words, to describe their experiences of online and offline bullying. Sixty 11–14 year olds from six schools across England were involved with the research. Themes emerging from the interviews included anonymity; the absence of rules, monitoring and guidance and, the challenges associated with determining the consequences of online actions. The findings demonstrate the advantages of adopting a character-based moral theory to compliment rules and/or consequence based moral theories as the basis for future research into cyber-bullying. The findings evoke some wider implications for future research into cyber-bullying that might equally be applied to investigations into other Internet related moral concerns.

 

Ethics and Information Technology is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the dialogue between moral philosophy and the field of information and communication technology.

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Dr Tom Harrison Writes for The Conversation

12/01/16

In a piece for The Conversation, Director of Education, Dr Tom Harrison, explores different approaches to teaching British values in schools.  Drawing on feedback he has received from teachers following new education policy for teaching such values, Tom suggests a new approach which encompasses what he calls 'universal virtues' and is delivered through the growing field of character education.  The article, titled 'Why British values should be folded into character education', is available to view here.

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Centre Holds 4th Annual Conference 'Cultivating Virtues' at Oriel College

11/01/16

The 4th annual conference of the Jubilee Centre, entitled 'Cultivating Virtues: Interdisciplinary Approaches', was held at Oriel College, Oxford, on 7th - 9th January 2016. The conference welcomed 120 delegates from all over the world with many of the most distinguished authorities in the field attending. The theme enabled room for delegates to explore and challenge recent virtue-based attempts to cultivate character in the classroom and among the professions, as well as offering theoretical insights into the very nature of virtue and character itself. The key note speeches by Prof. James Hunter, Prof. Daniel Russell, Michael Roden, Head of the University of Birmingham School, and Prof. Elizabeth Campbell were particularly well received. The success of the conference, both in terms of organisation and academic quality, could be seen in the facilitation of vibrant discussions around the topic and many delegates expressed an interest in extending these discussions thereafter. The presentations from the conference, including key note speeches, are available in full here.

 

A summary report, written by Andrew Peterson, Professor Civic and Moral Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, is available to view here,

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Jubilee Awards for Service eMagazine Published

04/01/16

The Jubilee Centre are delighted to publish the Jubilee Awards for Service eMagazine 2015. Following the Jubilee Awards for Service and Jubilee Youth Awards ceremonies, held at the House of Lords in July 2015, an eMagazine has been produced which gives biographies of the winners. Details of the Jubilee Awards for Service can be found on the project page, and the Jubilee Youth Awards, run in partnership with Step Up to Serve #iwill campaign can be found here.

The Awards emagazine can be accessed here.

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Thank You Film Awards e-Magazine Published

23/12/15

Following ceremonies in Birmingham and Glasgow in Summer 2015, the Jubilee Centre are delighted to publish the Thank You Film Awards e-Magazine. The magazine details the winning films, with links to watch each winning film on the Jubilee Centre YouTube Channel. The Thank You Film Awards ran between 2012-2015 as a national programme that asked young people to make a film based on ‘gratitude’. The project explored what young people are grateful for, who young people are grateful to and their understanding of gratitude. Young people between the ages of 5 and 16, predominantly in schools and youth organisations across the UK, were asked to create a short film to say thank you to a person, organisation or group who have made life better in some way. The e-magazine and a report analysing the content of some of the films is available here

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Deputy Director Presents on Awe

22/12/15

Deputy Director Kristján Kristjánsson presented a paper on awe as a moral emotion at a conference in South Carolina on 14th December 2015. The Conference was part of the John Templeton Foundation funded 'Virtue, Happiness and the Meaning of Life Project', based at the University of Chicago, to which the Jubilee Centre contributes, see https://virtue.uchicago.edu/

No PowerPoint presentations were allowed at this conference

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Professor Kristján Kristjánsson Publishes in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

22/12/15

Deputy Director, Prof. Kristján Kristjánsson, has an article titled 'Jealousy Revisited: Recent Philosophical Work on a Maligned Emotion' published in the journal Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. The article is available to view online here and in the Centre's Library.

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Centre Publishes Statement on Teacher Education and Character Education

14/12/15

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues is delighted to publish its Statement on Teacher Education and Character Education.  The statement was developed through a consultation which took place at St. George's House, Windsor, in September 2015.  The consultation was initiated by the Centre and attended by teacher educators, teachers and other representatives from organisation across the UK.  The statement emphasises the importance of preparing teachers for the moral complexities of the profession and sets out key recommendations for teacher education.

You can view the statement here.

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Director of Development Gives SSAT Lecture

10/12/15

Director of Development Dr Tom Harrison gave a key note lecture at the SSAT National Conference 2015 on Quality and Equity. The 'Closing the gaps while raising the bar' event was attended by over 1,000 delegates, the lecture titled 'Teachers of Character' is available to read here. The conference programme is available to view on the SSAT website

Dr. Harrison gave the speech in the absence of Centre Director, Prof. James Arthur. 

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Centre Work Referenced by Secretary of State for Education at Select Committee

10/12/15

On 9th December 2015, the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, gave evidence to the Social Mobility Select Committee in the House of Lords and cited the work of the Jubilee Centre, and that of Centre Director Prof. James Arthur. Speaking in response to Baroness Claire Tyler asking about the need for character development in schools, Ms Morgan cited the Centre working with the University of Birmingham School to 'embed character education into the curriculum.' Ms Morgan also cited the 'moral virtues' that the Centre focuses on.

The video of the Select Committee meeting can be found here, with Ms Morgan's evidence given at 11.11am-11.18am. 

This follows Ms Morgan's visit to the Japanese Ministry of Education to visit her counterpart to discuss character education. Posting on her Twitter account, Ms Morgan posted the below image: '@NickyMorgan01: Delighted to discuss with my counterpart at the Japanese Education Ministry the importance of #character education.'

This follows Centre Director Prof. James Arthur's meeting with the Ministry of Education in Japan earlier this Summer, details of which can be found here

 

 

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Professor James Arthur Attends Ministerial Roundtable on Character Education

09/12/15

On 8th December 2015, Centre Director Professor James Arthur, attended a roundtable at the Department for Education with Ed Timpson, the Minister of State for Children and Families.  The meeting brought together key individuals and officials in the field of character education to discuss initiatives planned by the Department in this area. The roundtable was held ahead of a Character Symposium that the Department will host on 21st January 2016 in London, at which the Secretary of State for Education will outline new government initiatives on character and resilience. 

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Centre Director Welcomes Secretary of State to University of Birmingham School

04/12/15

On 3rd December 2015, Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, officially opened the University of Birmingham School. The School, the first of its kind in the UK, opened its doors to Year 7 and Year 12 pupils in September 2015. Chair of Governors, Michael Clarke, and University of Birmingham Registrar and Secretary, Lee Sanders, spoke at the official opening, welcoming Ms Morgan and thanking staff and students for their work in establishing the school as one of the leading schools in the City of Birmingham.

Officially opening the School, Ms Morgan said that the 'work that sets this school off is its emphasis on character, the character and virtues that Professor James Arthur has championed at the University of Birmingham.'

School Principal Michael Roden spoke to guests about the successes that the School has achieved already, including over 10 applications per place for Year 7 intake in September 2016.

Guests at the opening were treated to speeches from pupils, including members of the debating team, Year 7 pupils who performed a spoken word piece, and Year 12 pupils who spoke about the focus on character that runs through the curriculum.

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Centre Academics Publish in Oxford Review of Education

02/12/15

Professor David Carr, Dr Blaire Morgan and Dr Liz Gulliford have published a paper titled 'Learning and Teaching Virtuous Gratitude' in the Oxford Review of Education. The paper can be viewed here.

 

Abstract:

Gratitude has been widely regarded by philosophers, psychologists and educational theorists as a personal and/or pro-social response of some moral significance. Indeed, beyond its more obvious value as a basic form of social association and reciprocation, gratitude has also been conceived as a moral virtue—if not, more grandly, as a ‘parent of the virtues’. Insofar, one might also expect the promotion of gratitude to be a matter of some educational importance. Despite this, and notwithstanding recent psychological attempts to develop practical interventions designed to promote gratitude, this paper argues not just that the educational role of such interventions is open to serious question, but also that—beyond any requirement of the young to express thanks as a matter of routine social reciprocation—the status of gratitude as an educable virtue is more complex and problematic than has often been previously supposed.

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Dr Liz Gulliford Presents on 'Forgiveness, Gratitude and Hope in Psychology and Theology'

30/11/15

Dr Liz Gulliford was a plenary speaker at ‘The Believing Brain: Neuroscience, Psychology and Faith’conference, held at Churchill College, Cambridge from November 27th – 29th 2015. The event was convened by The Faraday Centre for Science and Religion, based at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. Liz’s paper, titled ‘Forgiveness, Gratitude and Hope in Psychology and Theology’, drew on finding from the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues ‘Attitude for Gratitude’ project, and introduced the Centre's current research on ‘The Language and Nature of Gratitude and its Relation to Other Virtues’. 

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Professor James Arthur and Dr Sandra Cooke present to UNICEF Regional Meeting in Geneva

27/11/15

Centre Director, Professor James Arthur and Director of Partnerships, Dr Sandra Cooke gave a presentation to the UNICEF Central and Eastern Europe Regional Meeting in Geneva on 24th November. The presentation described the work of the Jubilee Centre and its partnership with UNICEF and the Bureau of Education in Montenegro. The meeting heard how the Centre’s Programme of Study and the Framework for Character Education in Schools had been translated and was being implemented in a pilot project within the Primary schooling system in Montenegro, with UNICEF and the Jubilee Centre’s support. Comprising twenty nation states from Uzbekistan to Ukraine, the regional meeting focused on ‘Working with adolescents to realise their rights and build on their strengths and resilience: Second Decade-Second Chance’.

 

The programme from the meeting is available here.

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Centre Research Replicated and Reported to Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan

04/02/16

The Centre's Character Education in UK Schools research study was replicated in 21 schools in Taiwan, involving 1,500 junior high school students and 41 teachers. Results were recently reported to the Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology by Associate Professor Yen-Hsin Chen, Department of Education, National Taichung University of Education. The official report describes relatively high scores on moral dilemma tests for the Taiwanese sample. This important collaboration between Taiwan and the Jubilee Centre will continue in autumn 2016, when Dr David Walker visits Taiwan at the invitation of the government, to talk to universities and schools about character education.

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Deputy Director Presents at Interdisciplinary Conference on Wellbeing in France

01/02/16

Professor Kristján Kristjánsson presented a paper entitled 'Flourishing as the Aim of Education' and introduced the work of the Jubilee Centre at a conference in Marseille, France, on 28th-30th January 2016. The title of the conference was 'Interdisciplinary challenges in wellbeing research: Definitions and methods' and it was organised by the Aix-Marseille School of Economics and the L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes En Sciences Sociales:

http://www.amse-aixmarseille.fr/evenement/interdisciplinary-challenges-wellbeing-research-definitions-and-methods-0

Prof. Kristjánsson's abstract is available here.

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Centre Director Speaks at APPG on Religious Education

20/01/16

On Tuesday 19th January, Centre Director, Prof. James Arthur, spoke as an invited panellist at an event organised by the APPG on Religious Education held at the House of Commons.  The event focussed on the debate around combatting extremism and promoting community cohesion through the teaching of religious education.  Prof. Arthur emphasised the critical role of character education and the importance of teaching moral and civic virtues in schools.  His speech highlighted the character of teachers themselves as the most significant factor to the character development of students. Speakers also included Ron Skelton, Head of Broadway Academy in Birmingham, Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer for the Church of England, Dr. Marius Felderhof from the University of Birmingham and David Hampshire, Chair of the National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education. 

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Centre Welcomes Professor Howard Curzer as Distinguished Visiting Professor

18/01/16

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to have welcomed Prof. Howard Curzer from the Department of Philosophy at Texas Tech University, as the first Distinguished Visiting Professor of 2016. Prof. Curzer visited the Centre from 11th-15th January and during this time delivered a presentation titled 'Teeny Tiny Bits of Virtue' as part of the Centre's bi-weekly seminar series. The presentation can be viewed here.  Prof. Curzer is the author of Aristotle and the Virtues (OUP, 2012), and the editor of Ethical Theory and Moral Problems (Wadsworth, 1999). He has published articles on ancient philosophy, contemporary virtue ethics, the Confucian tradition, moral development, research ethics, biomedical ethics, and the ethics of care. 

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Professor Steve Thoma Named Distinguished Research Professor

18/01/16

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees has named Dr. Steve Thoma, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Alabama, and Professor of Moral Psychology and Psychometrics at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, a University Distinguished Research Professor.  The title recognises Prof. Thoma's international achievements and scholarly contributions within the field of moral psychology. Prof. Thoma is internationally known for his research and in particular, for his work in developing and validating new measures in the social/moral domain.  The Jubilee Centre would like to extend its congratulations to Prof. Thoma.  Find out more here.

 

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Deputy Director Joins Royal Institute of Philosophy's Council

18/01/16

The Centre's Deputy Director, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, has been elected to be a member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy's Council. The Royal Institute of Philosophy, also a partner of the Jubilee Centre, is an institute dedicated to the advancement of philosophy in all its branches through the organisation and promotion of teaching, discussion and research of all things philosophical. Find out more about the Institute here.

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Centre Appoints Lord James O'Shaughnessy as Senior Fellow

18/01/16

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues is delighted to announce the appointment of Lord James O'Shaughnessy as Senior Fellow. Lord O'Shaughnessy is Founder and Director of Floreat Education, and Director of Mayforth Consulting, where he has lead several projects aimed at reforming publicly-funded schooling in the UK.

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Professor David Carr Presents in Romania

18/01/16

Prof. David Carr gave an invited keynote address to the Coimbra High Level Policy Seminar on Education entitled 'A Tradition of Innovation' at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, in Iasi, Romania. Taking place in October 2015, the conference was concerned with issues of university education and attended by top level university leaders and managers from all over Europe and the middle east. Prof. Carr spoke about the significance and relevance of Jubilee Centre work on character and virtue to higher education in general and to the university education of students for a wide variety of professions and vocations in particular.  Prof. Carr's presentation is available here.

 

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Dr Tom Harrison Publishes in Ethics and Information Technology Journal

15/01/16

Dr Tom Harrison, Director of Education at the Jubilee Centre, has published an article titled 'Virtuous reality: moral theory and research into cyber-bullying' in Ethics and Information Technology.

The abstract for the article can be found below. The full article can be accessed here.

This article draws on a study investigating how 11–14 year olds growing up in England understand cyber-bullying as a moral concern. Three prominent moral theories: deontology, utilitarianism and virtue ethics, informed the development of a semi-structured interview schedule which enabled young people, in their own words, to describe their experiences of online and offline bullying. Sixty 11–14 year olds from six schools across England were involved with the research. Themes emerging from the interviews included anonymity; the absence of rules, monitoring and guidance and, the challenges associated with determining the consequences of online actions. The findings demonstrate the advantages of adopting a character-based moral theory to compliment rules and/or consequence based moral theories as the basis for future research into cyber-bullying. The findings evoke some wider implications for future research into cyber-bullying that might equally be applied to investigations into other Internet related moral concerns.

 

Ethics and Information Technology is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the dialogue between moral philosophy and the field of information and communication technology.

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Dr Tom Harrison Writes for The Conversation

12/01/16

In a piece for The Conversation, Director of Education, Dr Tom Harrison, explores different approaches to teaching British values in schools.  Drawing on feedback he has received from teachers following new education policy for teaching such values, Tom suggests a new approach which encompasses what he calls 'universal virtues' and is delivered through the growing field of character education.  The article, titled 'Why British values should be folded into character education', is available to view here.

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Centre Holds 4th Annual Conference 'Cultivating Virtues' at Oriel College

11/01/16

The 4th annual conference of the Jubilee Centre, entitled 'Cultivating Virtues: Interdisciplinary Approaches', was held at Oriel College, Oxford, on 7th - 9th January 2016. The conference welcomed 120 delegates from all over the world with many of the most distinguished authorities in the field attending. The theme enabled room for delegates to explore and challenge recent virtue-based attempts to cultivate character in the classroom and among the professions, as well as offering theoretical insights into the very nature of virtue and character itself. The key note speeches by Prof. James Hunter, Prof. Daniel Russell, Michael Roden, Head of the University of Birmingham School, and Prof. Elizabeth Campbell were particularly well received. The success of the conference, both in terms of organisation and academic quality, could be seen in the facilitation of vibrant discussions around the topic and many delegates expressed an interest in extending these discussions thereafter. The presentations from the conference, including key note speeches, are available in full here.

 

A summary report, written by Andrew Peterson, Professor Civic and Moral Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, is available to view here,

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Jubilee Awards for Service eMagazine Published

04/01/16

The Jubilee Centre are delighted to publish the Jubilee Awards for Service eMagazine 2015. Following the Jubilee Awards for Service and Jubilee Youth Awards ceremonies, held at the House of Lords in July 2015, an eMagazine has been produced which gives biographies of the winners. Details of the Jubilee Awards for Service can be found on the project page, and the Jubilee Youth Awards, run in partnership with Step Up to Serve #iwill campaign can be found here.

The Awards emagazine can be accessed here.

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Thank You Film Awards e-Magazine Published

23/12/15

Following ceremonies in Birmingham and Glasgow in Summer 2015, the Jubilee Centre are delighted to publish the Thank You Film Awards e-Magazine. The magazine details the winning films, with links to watch each winning film on the Jubilee Centre YouTube Channel. The Thank You Film Awards ran between 2012-2015 as a national programme that asked young people to make a film based on ‘gratitude’. The project explored what young people are grateful for, who young people are grateful to and their understanding of gratitude. Young people between the ages of 5 and 16, predominantly in schools and youth organisations across the UK, were asked to create a short film to say thank you to a person, organisation or group who have made life better in some way. The e-magazine and a report analysing the content of some of the films is available here

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Deputy Director Presents on Awe

22/12/15

Deputy Director Kristján Kristjánsson presented a paper on awe as a moral emotion at a conference in South Carolina on 14th December 2015. The Conference was part of the John Templeton Foundation funded 'Virtue, Happiness and the Meaning of Life Project', based at the University of Chicago, to which the Jubilee Centre contributes, see https://virtue.uchicago.edu/

No PowerPoint presentations were allowed at this conference

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Professor Kristján Kristjánsson Publishes in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

22/12/15

Deputy Director, Prof. Kristján Kristjánsson, has an article titled 'Jealousy Revisited: Recent Philosophical Work on a Maligned Emotion' published in the journal Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. The article is available to view online here and in the Centre's Library.

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Centre Publishes Statement on Teacher Education and Character Education

14/12/15

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues is delighted to publish its Statement on Teacher Education and Character Education.  The statement was developed through a consultation which took place at St. George's House, Windsor, in September 2015.  The consultation was initiated by the Centre and attended by teacher educators, teachers and other representatives from organisation across the UK.  The statement emphasises the importance of preparing teachers for the moral complexities of the profession and sets out key recommendations for teacher education.

You can view the statement here.

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Director of Development Gives SSAT Lecture

10/12/15

Director of Development Dr Tom Harrison gave a key note lecture at the SSAT National Conference 2015 on Quality and Equity. The 'Closing the gaps while raising the bar' event was attended by over 1,000 delegates, the lecture titled 'Teachers of Character' is available to read here. The conference programme is available to view on the SSAT website

Dr. Harrison gave the speech in the absence of Centre Director, Prof. James Arthur. 

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Centre Work Referenced by Secretary of State for Education at Select Committee

10/12/15

On 9th December 2015, the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, gave evidence to the Social Mobility Select Committee in the House of Lords and cited the work of the Jubilee Centre, and that of Centre Director Prof. James Arthur. Speaking in response to Baroness Claire Tyler asking about the need for character development in schools, Ms Morgan cited the Centre working with the University of Birmingham School to 'embed character education into the curriculum.' Ms Morgan also cited the 'moral virtues' that the Centre focuses on.

The video of the Select Committee meeting can be found here, with Ms Morgan's evidence given at 11.11am-11.18am. 

This follows Ms Morgan's visit to the Japanese Ministry of Education to visit her counterpart to discuss character education. Posting on her Twitter account, Ms Morgan posted the below image: '@NickyMorgan01: Delighted to discuss with my counterpart at the Japanese Education Ministry the importance of #character education.'

This follows Centre Director Prof. James Arthur's meeting with the Ministry of Education in Japan earlier this Summer, details of which can be found here

 

 

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Professor James Arthur Attends Ministerial Roundtable on Character Education

09/12/15

On 8th December 2015, Centre Director Professor James Arthur, attended a roundtable at the Department for Education with Ed Timpson, the Minister of State for Children and Families.  The meeting brought together key individuals and officials in the field of character education to discuss initiatives planned by the Department in this area. The roundtable was held ahead of a Character Symposium that the Department will host on 21st January 2016 in London, at which the Secretary of State for Education will outline new government initiatives on character and resilience. 

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Centre Director Welcomes Secretary of State to University of Birmingham School

04/12/15

On 3rd December 2015, Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, officially opened the University of Birmingham School. The School, the first of its kind in the UK, opened its doors to Year 7 and Year 12 pupils in September 2015. Chair of Governors, Michael Clarke, and University of Birmingham Registrar and Secretary, Lee Sanders, spoke at the official opening, welcoming Ms Morgan and thanking staff and students for their work in establishing the school as one of the leading schools in the City of Birmingham.

Officially opening the School, Ms Morgan said that the 'work that sets this school off is its emphasis on character, the character and virtues that Professor James Arthur has championed at the University of Birmingham.'

School Principal Michael Roden spoke to guests about the successes that the School has achieved already, including over 10 applications per place for Year 7 intake in September 2016.

Guests at the opening were treated to speeches from pupils, including members of the debating team, Year 7 pupils who performed a spoken word piece, and Year 12 pupils who spoke about the focus on character that runs through the curriculum.

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Centre Academics Publish in Oxford Review of Education

02/12/15

Professor David Carr, Dr Blaire Morgan and Dr Liz Gulliford have published a paper titled 'Learning and Teaching Virtuous Gratitude' in the Oxford Review of Education. The paper can be viewed here.

 

Abstract:

Gratitude has been widely regarded by philosophers, psychologists and educational theorists as a personal and/or pro-social response of some moral significance. Indeed, beyond its more obvious value as a basic form of social association and reciprocation, gratitude has also been conceived as a moral virtue—if not, more grandly, as a ‘parent of the virtues’. Insofar, one might also expect the promotion of gratitude to be a matter of some educational importance. Despite this, and notwithstanding recent psychological attempts to develop practical interventions designed to promote gratitude, this paper argues not just that the educational role of such interventions is open to serious question, but also that—beyond any requirement of the young to express thanks as a matter of routine social reciprocation—the status of gratitude as an educable virtue is more complex and problematic than has often been previously supposed.

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Dr Liz Gulliford Presents on 'Forgiveness, Gratitude and Hope in Psychology and Theology'

30/11/15

Dr Liz Gulliford was a plenary speaker at ‘The Believing Brain: Neuroscience, Psychology and Faith’conference, held at Churchill College, Cambridge from November 27th – 29th 2015. The event was convened by The Faraday Centre for Science and Religion, based at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. Liz’s paper, titled ‘Forgiveness, Gratitude and Hope in Psychology and Theology’, drew on finding from the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues ‘Attitude for Gratitude’ project, and introduced the Centre's current research on ‘The Language and Nature of Gratitude and its Relation to Other Virtues’. 

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Professor James Arthur and Dr Sandra Cooke present to UNICEF Regional Meeting in Geneva

27/11/15

Centre Director, Professor James Arthur and Director of Partnerships, Dr Sandra Cooke gave a presentation to the UNICEF Central and Eastern Europe Regional Meeting in Geneva on 24th November. The presentation described the work of the Jubilee Centre and its partnership with UNICEF and the Bureau of Education in Montenegro. The meeting heard how the Centre’s Programme of Study and the Framework for Character Education in Schools had been translated and was being implemented in a pilot project within the Primary schooling system in Montenegro, with UNICEF and the Jubilee Centre’s support. Comprising twenty nation states from Uzbekistan to Ukraine, the regional meeting focused on ‘Working with adolescents to realise their rights and build on their strengths and resilience: Second Decade-Second Chance’.

 

The programme from the meeting is available here.

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