UNICEF and the government of Macedonia invited members of the Jubilee Centre to share Centre work on character education with over 400 invited guests at the Quality Education conference on Monday 4th December in Skopje. Professor James Arthur gave a key note address on the importance of character education in schooling. The conference was opened by the Prime Minister of Macedonia, Mr. Zoran Zaev. Prof. Arthur had also given a presentation on Virtuous Medical Practice to a group of 50 delegates from the healthcare sector on Sunday 3rd December. Dr. Tom Harrison and Aidan Thompson taught a session on character dilemmas to a group of 70 students in a local school. Meetings were also held with the Minister of Education and her advisors on how to implement character education in schools.  Further meetings were held with representatives of the World Bank and UNICEF to discuss the growing significance of character education, globally.  On the evening of 4th December, the British Ambassador to Macedonia, Mr. Charles Garrett, held a reception for Jubilee Centre visitors. 


(above) L to R: Ben Perks (UNICEF Reperesentative), Dr. Tom Harrison (Director of Education), Professor James Arthur (Jubilee Centre Director), Mr. Zoran Zaev (Prime Minister of Macedonia), Dr. Fiona Gatty (Templeton World Charity Foundation) and Aidan Thompson (Director of Strategy and Integration)

(below) L to R: Aidan Thompson, James Arthur, Mr. Charles Garrett (British Ambassador to Macedonia), Fiona Gatty and Tom Harrison.


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.