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Director of Education: Dr Tom Harrison

Dr Tom Harrison is the Director of Education at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and leads on all the applied research projects – working with schools, colleges, employers, voluntary sector organisations and policy makers across Britain, as well as internationally. His specialist interests are character and virtue ethics, youth social action, citizenship, community development and volunteering. He has published extensively in these areas, and has developed resources and training programmes for schools and other organisations. Recent publications include ‘Teaching Character Through the Curriculum’, ‘Educating Character Through Stories’, and ‘Teaching Character in Primary Schools’.  He has completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham on the influence of the Internet on character virtues.  Tom is currently the Programme Director of the MA in Character Education and also the Secretary of the Association for Character Education (ACE).

Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 4812


Room 1243
12th Floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom



  • PhD, School of Education, University of Birmingham
  • PGCert in Academic Practice, University of Birmingham

  • BA, Sociology, University of York




Harrison, T., Walker, D. (2018) The Theory and Practice of Virtue Education. London : Routledge.

Arthur, J., Kristjánsson, K., Harrison, T., Sanderse, W. and Wright, D. (2017) Teaching Character and Virtue in Schools. London: Routledge. 

Harrison, T., Morris, I, Ryan, J. (2016) Teaching Character in Primary Schools. London, Sage. 

Carr, D, Harrison, T. (2015) Educating Character Through Stories. Exeter: Imprint Academic. 


Harrison, T., Burns, E., Moller, F. (2018 forthcoming) Teaching Character: cultivating virtue perception and virtue reasoning through the curriculum. Educational Review.

Taylor-Collins, E., Harrison, T., Thoma, S., Moller, F. (2018 forthcoming) A habit of social action: understanding the factors associated with adolescents who have made a habit of helping others. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.


Harrison, T. (2016) Cultivating Cyber-phronesisJournal of Pastoral Care in Education

Harrison, T. (2016) Virtuous reality: moral theory and research into cyber-bullyingEthics and Information Technology, 17(4), 275-283

Davison, I, Harrison, T, Hayes, D & Higgins, J. (2016) How to assess children’s virtue literacy: methodological lessons learnt from the Knightly Virtues programme Journal of Beliefs and ValuesDOI: 10.1080/13617672.2016.1141526

Arthur, J. Harrison, T., Davison, I. (2015) Levels of Virtue Literacy in Catholic Church of England and Non-Faith Schools in England.  International Studies in Catholic Education.

Mason, C., Cremin, H., Harrison, T. & Warwick, P. (2011) Learning to (Dis)Engage?: The socialising experiences of young people living in areas of socio-economic disadvantage, British Journal of Educational Studies.  

Warwick, P., Mason, C., Harrison, T, & Cremin, H. (2011) Citizens in a big society? The complex ecology of young people’s civic engagement. Journal of Social Science Education.


Carr, D and Harrison, T (2018) Teaching Gratitude Through Literature. In Tudge, J. Freitas, L., Developing Gratitude in Children and Adolescents. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.  

Harrison, T (2012) Assessment of Citizenship Education: Challenges and Opportunities in Arthur, J. and Cremin, H. (eds) Debates in Citizenship Education, London: Routledge.

Harrison, T. (2010) A Curriculum full of Character; Developing Character Education in the classroom, culture and community of a school in Arthur, J (eds) Citizens of Character, Exeter: Imprint Academic.

Research Reports

Harrison, T, Dineen, K., Moller, F. (2018) Parent Teacher Partnerships: barriers and enablers to collaborative character education. Birmingham. University of Birmingham. 

Harrison, T. and Khatoon, B. (2017) Virtue, Practical Wisdom and Professional Education: A Pilot Intervention Designed to Enhance Virtue Knowledge, Understanding and Reasoning in Student Lawyers, Doctors and Teachers, University of Birmingham: Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.

Arthur, J., Harrison, T., Burn, E. and Moller, F. (2017) Schools of Virtue: What Works in Character Education, University of Birmingham: Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.

Arthur, J., Harrison, T., Taylor-Collins, E. and Moller, F. (2017) A Habit of Service: The Factors that Sustain Service in Young People, University of Birmingham: Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.

Arthur, J., Harrison, T. et al (2014) My Character:  Feasibility Study, Birmingham, University of Birmingham.

Arthur, J., Harrison, T., Taylor, E. (2015) Building Character through youth social action. Birmingham, University of Birmingham

Arthur, J. Harrison, T. et al (2014) Knightly Virtues – enhancing virtue literacy through stories. Birmingham, University of Birmingham

Other Publications

Ward, J. and Harrison, T. (2017) The Casey Review: British Values and the Common Language of Virtues, Unversity of Birmingham: Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.

Harrison, T., Arthur, J. and Burn, E. (eds.) (2016) Character Education Evaluation Handbook for Schools, University of Birmingham, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, [Online]. Available at

Harrison, T., Bawden, M., and Rogerson, L (2016) Teaching Character through Subjects, University of Birmingham, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues [Online]. Available at

Harrison, T. (2014) The Influence of the Internet on the Character Virtues of 11-14 Year olds in England. Birmingham, University of Birmingham

Arthur, J. And Harrison, T. (2012) Exploring Good Character and Citizenship in England, Asia Pacific Journal of Education. DOI: 10.1080/02188791.2012.741097

Cremin, H., Harrison, T., Warwick, P., Mason, C. (2011) Engaging Practice; Engaging Young Citizens for Disadvantaged communities, London: CSV.

Harrison, T. (2010) Volunteering and Character, University of Birmingham.

Cremin, H., Harrison, T., Warwick, P. Mason, C (2009), Building Voice, Civic Action and Learning; What can we learn from young people living in socio-economically disadvantaged communities?, University of Leicester and University of Cambridge.

Harrison, T., and Hayes, A. (2009) Global Citizens; Effects on attitudes and practice of teachers undertaking voluntary projects overseas, VESL: Manchester.

Harrison, T. (2009) Working Together; schools and the voluntary sector, Canterbury: citizED.

Harrison, T. (2009) Citizenship Education and the Learning Outside the classroom manifesto, Canterbury: citizED.

Harrison, T. (2008) Citizenship Education and Community Involvement, Canterbury: citizED.