On 18th March 2016, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visited schools in Montenegro to see how they are implementing a joint UNICEF and Jubilee Centre project on character education. The project, which launched its My Character and Values research report last month, looks at the ‘role of schools in developing students’ character, values and skills’ and follows an extensive collaboration between UNICEF Montenegro, the Bureau of Education in Montenegro and the Jubilee Centre. Members of the Centre’s team have visited colleagues in Podgorica and advised on the research, as well as presenting the Centre’s approach to character education to practitioners, politicians and policy-makers in Montenegro. Director of Partnerships Dr. Sandra Cooke and Teaching Fellow Michael Fullard attended the launch of the report last month, and the Centre will welcome the Montenegrin project team to Birmingham later this year. The Duchess’ visit was hosted by UNICEF Representative in Montenegro Benjamin Perks.

Ben Perks will join the Centre as a Senior Fellow for three, month-long periods during 2016.

Members of the UNICEF and Bureau of Education project teams will visit the Jubilee Centre in June 2016 to explore further project development opportunities.

The Duchess of Cornwall visited UNICEF’s programmes as part of a visit to the Western Balkans alongside The Prince of Wales from 14- 19 March 2016.


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.