14th April 2022


As part of the Centre’s 10-year anniversary celebrations, Director of Strategic Initiatives Aidan Thompson has authored Character and Virtues: 10 Years of the Jubilee Centre to capture the key areas of focus of the Jubilee Centre’s work since 2012. The book tells the story of the Centre from its launch in May 2012, through the Jubilee journey of major grant phases between 2012 and 2022, to the Centre’s ten-year horizon project, discussing the key areas of work covered during this time including: schools; the professions; youth social action; and the virtues of gratitude and phronesis. The publication also discusses the ways in which the Centre has engaged partners and created meaningful impact both in the UK and internationally, playing a significant role in the fields of character and virtues whilst creating tangible impact at education policy-level and on the practice of character education in schools. This book aims to be of interest to those who have followed any part of the Jubilee journey, as well as researchers into character and virtues and character educators in schools and universities. The book will be launched at the House of Lords on 20th May 2022.


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.