15th June 2022Events Civic Virtues

The third in a series of webinars examining ‘Civic Virtue and the Common Good’ will take place on Tuesday 5th July 2022 at 17:00.

Titled ‘Civic Virtues, Formative Institutions, and Flourishing Communities‘, the webinar will explore the role of formative institutions in encouraging democratic engagement, bringing citizens together, and helping communities to flourish – including through the cultivation and expression of virtue.

Registration for the session can be confirmed here.

Chaired by Senior Research Fellow, Lord James O’Shaughnessy, the webinar will welcome MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, Jesse Norman and former MP and the Director of both the Centre for English Identity and Politics and the Southern Policy Centre, Professor John Denham.

The webinar series focuses on whether and how a renewed, cross-party focus on civic virtues, community and the common good can help to foster and sustain flourishing communities, forming the basis of a new political consensus. The questions that will be addressed in this session, on the hopeful and positive forms of civic virtue which could form a core part of life in contemporary Britain, include:

  • In order to foster civic virtues and underpin the common good, in what way do existing institutions have to change? Do we require new institutions? How might these institutions be successfully embedded into local and national life?
  • What is the role of the state in developing the civic virtues of its citizens? What role do state institutions play in sustaining flourishing communities and how do, and should, these institutions relate to non-state organisations?
  • What existing practices and examples are available that provide clear examples of flourishing organisations and communities that illustrate a productive role of/for the state?
  • What are the obstacles or barriers to building formative institutions that bring citizens together, enable them to exercise civic virtue, and help communities to flourish? How might these challenges be overcome?

The two previous webinars in the series can be viewed 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.