On the 12th – 14th June 2019, the Jubilee Centre hosted a three-day knowledge sharing event for a delegation of Macedonian ministers, including the Minister of Education and Science, Arber Ademi, and the Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Mila Carovska. The delegation included staff from UNICEF Macedonia, teachers and academics interested in implementing character education in their practice. Discussions across the three days focussed on the Jubilee Centre’s approach to character education and its current research, methods for evaluating character education and impacting policy. The delegation were also able to see a school dedicated to character with a visit to the University of Birmingham School. The Minister of Education and Science and the Minister of Labor and Social Policy met with Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor of the University, along with Jubilee Centre Director Professor James Arthur and Director of Strategic Initiatives Aidan Thompson, on the morning of Friday 14th June; the Vice Chancellor was particularly interested to hear about the work on character education in Macedonia. This visit represents a continuation of the Centre’s partnership with UNICEF in Macedonia, with Jubilee Centre staff having previously visited Skopje to deliver workshops on character education to teachers and pupils.

From left: Benjamin Perks, Jubilee Centre Senior Fellow; Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham; Mila Carovska, Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Macedonia; Arber Ademi, Minister of Education and Science, Macedonia; Professor James Arthur, Director of the Jubilee Centre

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.