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Director of Strategic Initiatives: Aidan Thompson

Aidan became the Director of Strategic Initiatives (previously titled Director of Strategy and Integration) in October 2017, having previously managed the Jubilee Centre since its launch in 2012. Aidan leads on directing and implementing strategic initiatives, managing partnerships and ensuring integration both between current research projects and with the previous body of work that the Centre has produced. Aidan is responsible for developing the Centre’s strategic and operational plans, particularly regarding the impact of the Centre’s work. He is a member of the Centre’s Steering Group. In 2016-17, Aidan took over responsibility of leading the Flourishing From the Margins research project, which reported in October 2017. He is currently leading the Integration and Intervention project in the Centre's new phase of work (2017-2020).

Aidan previously worked as Research Administrator to the School of Education for nearly 3 years, providing post-award support for research projects, and had an active input into the preparation for the Research Excellence Framework 2014. During this time, he has built up a wealth of knowledge on research administration, finance, and other matters which have supported the School in various ways.

He has a Bachelor's degree in English from Loughborough University (2006) and an MPhil in Literature and Modernity from the University of Birmingham (2015). Aidan began a part-time PhD in Education in 2017, under the title 'Educating Character Through Poetry: the role of the poem in the education of virtue literacy'.

Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 414 3602


Room 1248
12th Floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

  • PhD Education candidate (University of Birmingham) 2017-2021
  • MPhil Literature and Modernity (University of Birmingham) 2015
  • BA (Hons) English, Loughborough University 2006

Arthur, J., Earl, S., Thompson, A. & Ward, J. (2019) 'The Value of Character-Based Judgement in the Professional Domain', Journal of Business Ethics, Online First. 

Creative Media (2018) Getting Into Character. Birmingham: University of Birmingham. Executive Producer.

Arthur, J., Wartnaby, D., Ward, J. & Thompson, A. (2017) Shaping the Future. Birmingham: University of Birmingham.

Thompson, A. (2017) 'Flourishing From the Margins: Marginalised Young People with Purpose and the Tutors who Support Them', Character Matters, vol. 5, pp. 12-14.

Arthur, J., Thompson, A., Kristjansson, K. & Moller, F. (2017) Flourishing From the Margins: Living a good life and developing purpose in marginalised young people, Research report. Birmingham: University of Birmingham.

Rogerson, L. & Thompson, A. (2017) Flourishing From the Margins [Film]. Coventry: Street Talk Ltd. 

Creative Media (2017) LEAVERS. Birmingham: University of Birmingham. Executive Producer.

Arthur, J., Thompson, A. & Wartnaby, D. (2015) From Gratitude to Service: Engagement, Influence and Impact June 2012 - February 2015. Birmingham: University of Birmingham.