12th February 2021Awards

On 10th February 2021, Dr. Tom Harrison was presented with the 2021 International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) Award at an event hosted by IFFD and co-sponsored by the United Nations(UN) Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Dr. Harrison spoke at the event which was attended by a number of ambassadors to the UN. The Award was presented to Dr. Harrison for his research on parenting in the digital age and in recognition of his latest book, THRIVE: How to Cultivate Character So Your Children Can Flourish Online. Additionally, on 21st January 2021, Dr. Harrison contributed to a focus group meeting, with representatives from the OECD, UN, UNICEF, Common Sense Media, IFFD and other organisations on the topic of families and new technologies. The aim of the group was to develop policy measures that will improve the well-being of families. The event was part of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Commission on Social Development which will focus on the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being.


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.