8th September 2021Events

Marking the publication of ‘Understanding Character Education: Approaches, Applications, and Issues’ by the Open University Press in August 2021 and authored by the Jubilee Centre’s Paul Watts, Michael Fullard and Professor Andrew Peterson, the Jubilee Centre hosted a Webinar and launch event on Tuesday 7 September with attendees from around the world.

With over 200 people in attendance and chaired by the Centre’s Director of Education Dr. Tom Harrison, this event included reflections and expert advice for teachers, schools and school leaders shared by guest speakers Nat Parnell (Regional Director, United Learning), Julie Taylor (Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick), Adrian McLean (Trust Lead, Severn Academies Education Trust) and Tina Lovey (CEO, Rivermead Inclusive Trust). This was followed by a Q&A and a vote of thanks given by Michael Fullard on behalf of his fellow authors. A recording of this webinar can be viewed below and via our YouTube channel. For a complete archive of all previous webinars and to register for those upcoming, please click here and for further details on purchasing the book, please click 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.