Welcome From Centre Director

Welcome to the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. The Centre is a research group based in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. We are staffed with a strong team of over 20 academics and professional services personnel of varied and diverse backgrounds.

I am privileged to lead a Centre, through its research and development work, that has achieved tremendous impact and influence in education policy, both here in the UK, and internationally. We have helped shaped policy in the UK and engaged with organisations and individuals in more than 175 countries. Our impact aims to fulfil the vision for the Jubilee Centre, founded by Professor James Arthur in 2012, to transform individuals and society through a focus on character, virtues and character education.

Over the past 11 years the Centre has contributed important theoretical, empirical and practical insights that have underpinned a revival in character education in the UK, Europe and further afield.  We have undertaken world leading research on big questions such as; what is character and character education; and, how can character be educated in homes, in schools, in universities, in the professions and in wider society?  Details of the impact that we have achieved to date can be found in our impact pages, including our recent celebration of our global reach.

Excellence and innovation are my watchwords as Director.  You can expect excellence in the quality of our established activities, such as our international conference, taught programmes, research, teaching resources and impact.  We will also continue innovate to ensure the Centre continues to address the pressing and complex questions of the day about what is needed to enhance individual and collective flourishing.   We cannot do this work alone and I want to make sure the Jubilee Centre continues to be at heart of building important collaborations and partnerships that address the big and important questions of the day. 

Professor Tom Harrison

Director, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues

October 2023