13th January 2023Conference

The Jubilee Centre's 11th annual conference, Character and Virtues in Professional Practice, brought together 120 experts from a range of disciplines for three days of keynote and seminar sessions at Oriel College, Oxford, between 5th and 7th January 2023.


The conference was successful in its attempts to bring together an ever-increasing interest in wisdom and phronesis development in professional practice with more general research into young people’s character development and character education in schools. This was facilitated through the delivery of 50 different seminars from experts in the fields of philosophy, professional ethics, education, sociology, theology, history and psychology, to name a few.


Among the 50 seminar papers, keynote lectures were offered by Professor Robert McGrath (School of Psychology and Counseling, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Senior Scientist, VIA Institute on Character), Dr. David Walker (Associate Professor of Character Education, University of Alabama), and Dr. Sabena Y. Jameel (Associate Clinical Professor, University of Birmingham Medical School).


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.