9th November 2022Events


The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, in association with the OECD, presents 'Non Western Approaches to Flourishing, and Their Educational Implications' Chaired by Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, Professor of Character Education and Virtue Ethics in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtue, this webinar welcomed three leading scholars from around the world to each offer a reflection on three differing concepts of flourishing, Ubuntu, Buddhist, and Confucian, and outline how their teachings can be applied in an education setting.

This was alongside, with questions form the audience, discussing the similarities and difference between them as well as the implications for practice and further study. The Speakers included:

Professor Thaddeus Metz – Professor of Philosophy, University of Pretoria, South Africa, To discuss African Ubuntu conceptions of flourishing.

Professor Owen Flanagan Jr – James B. Duke Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Duke University, USA To discuss Buddhist conceptions of flourishing.

Professor Geir Sigurðsson – Professor of Chinese studies, Faculty of Languages and Cultures, University of Iceland, Iceland, To discuss Confucian conceptions of flourishing.



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.