On 9th December 2015, the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, gave evidence to the Social Mobility Select Committee in the House of Lords and cited the work of the Jubilee Centre, and that of Centre Director Prof. James Arthur. Speaking in response to Baroness Claire Tyler asking about the need for character development in schools, Ms Morgan cited the Centre working with the University of Birmingham School to ’embed character education into the curriculum.’ Ms Morgan also cited the ‘moral virtues’ that the Centre focuses on.

The video of the Select Committee meeting can be found here, with Ms Morgan’s evidence given at 11.11am-11.18am. 

This follows Ms Morgan’s visit to the Japanese Ministry of Education to visit her counterpart to discuss character education. Posting on her Twitter account, Ms Morgan posted the below image: ‘@NickyMorgan01: Delighted to discuss with my counterpart at the Japanese Education Ministry the importance of #character education.’

This follows Centre Director Prof. James Arthur’s meeting with the Ministry of Education in Japan earlier this Summer, details of which 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.