20th September 2022Centre News Awards

In recognition of his global leadership in the field of character education, neo-Aristotelian thinking and virtue ethics, and following his keynote presentation at the Centre’s tenth annual conference, Professor James Arthur was presented with the 2020 Expanded Reason Award by Professor Max Bonilla on 8th September 2022 at Oriel College, Oxford. Given by the Vatican, Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, and UFV Madrid.

Given in recognition of innovation in academic programmes based on Benedict XVI’s proposal to broaden the horizons of reason, Professor Arthur receives this Award for an amalgam of projects, summarised under the title Teaching Character Virtues – A Neo-Aristotelian Approach, which captures the multiple teaching programmes initiated by James in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, at the University of Birmingham. These programmes range from the internationally-recognised A Framework for Character Education in Schools, to the world’s first distance-learning Master’s degree in character education. James has promoted a neo-Aristotelian approach to virtue and character formation and, with the Jubilee Centre’s staff, continues to undertake world-leading research in character and virtues that guides practice and informs policy.

Professor Arthur, on behalf of the Jubilee Centre, reflected on this impact at the Expanded Reason Global Congress held in Madrid in May 2022. A recording of this session, the dedication given, and Professor Arthur’s remarks can be found here.


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.