On Thursday 12th and Friday 13th February 2015, Centre Director Professor James Arthur, formed part of the judging panel for the Department for Education’s Character Awards, which were announced in December 2014 under the Department’s £5 million Character Innovation Fund to support the development of character in schools.  The 2015 Awards recognise 27 schools and organisations across the country for their efforts in promoting character traits, attitudes and behaviours, such as resilience and grit, among young people.  The winning schools will be announced on the Department for Education’s website shortly, and the overall winner will be announced at the Character Awards Ceremony on 16th March in London.  

Professor Arthur was joined on the judging panel by the Chair, Victoria Beer CBE (Chair of the Teaching Schools Council and Executive Principal for the West Trafford Learning Partnership); Maggie Alphonsi MBE (England Rugby player, Athlete Mentor Manager and Rugby World Cup 2015 Ambassador); Rob Wall (Head of Education and Employment Policy, CBI); Dr Kevan Collins (CEO of The Education Endowment Foundation); Charlotte Hill (CEO of Step up to Serve); Jill Litchfield (Headteacher at Bournehall Primary School, Bushey, Hertfordshire and part of the national teaching schools network); and Diane Reynard (Principal of the East Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre in Leeds and a member of the Teaching Schools Council).


Character Strengths for the Working World is an essential event for PSHE Leads, Careers Leads, and Character Education Leads within UK educational institutions. Join us on Thursday, 13th July 2023, from 9am to 5pm at the beautiful Botanical Gardens, Birmingham.


This one-day conference, organised byThe Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, aims to provide insights, knowledge, and networking opportunities for professionals committed to enhancing character development and employability skills in their students.


Our speakers will share their expertise and perspectives on educational policy and best practices for empowering students to excel in the working world through harnessing their character strengths. The event will include keynote speeches, policy and practitioner panels, interactive sessions, and opportunities to connect with a wide range of professionals and experts in the field.


Our line-up of distinguished speakers includes:

• Rt. Hon. Baroness Nicky Morgan (former Secretary of State for Education)

• Bec Tigue (Character Lead at the University of Birmingham School)

• David Harkin (CEO at 8 Billion Ideas)

• Adrian McLean (Character Ambassador and Multi-academy Trust Lead at Severn Academies)

• The Careers and Enterprise Company


Food and refreshments:

Morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea, and a drinks reception will be provided as part of registration for you to enjoy.


Free resources:

There will be multiple free resources available for you to take away at this event. We will be launching a new workbook, based on research funded by the Society for Educational Studies, for use by careers guidance professionals and character educators to help students consider who they are, the character traits they aspire towards, and to align their career choices with this. We will also have multiple other free resources that educators can use within their practice based on over a decade of research at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.


Attendance is free, but spaces are limited. It is essential to reserve your place in advance to avoid disappointment. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your institution's approach to character education and student employability. Register now to secure your spot at Character Strengths for the Working World.


Register here.