On 23rd – 26th July 2015, Centre Director Professor James Arthur visited the Ministry of Education in Tokyo, to discuss character education with Ministry officials.  During the trip, Professor Arthur spoke at an International Symposium held in Tokyo, then at Hiroshima University, introducing the work of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. As part of the work of the Research Initiative for the Development of Learning Systems at Hiroshima University, the International Symposium explored dignity and virtue in education.  Taking place at Hiroshima University’s Graduate School of Education the Symposium formed part of an international project for citizenship and invited international speakers to come together to discuss character education.

Education in Japan recognises the importance of character development, but there is a need to revise the National Curriculum to embed character education within it, ensuring it is implemented in every school. The Ministry of Education will be introducing a new moral education curriculum in 2018 (primary schools) and 2019 (secondary schools). 

During the visit to Japan, Prof. James Arthur gave a keynote address at a conference on ‘The Importance of Education for Virtue, Character, Moral and Social Responsibility: How do People learn them? at the Campus Innovation Center Tokyo. Details of the conference appear on the Center for Moral Science and Education website 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.