14th April 2022Publications

Continuing the Centre’s ‘Spotlight On’ feature, this month focusses on Ben Perks, Head of Campaigns & Advocacy for UNICEF and Honorary Senior Fellow of the Jubilee Centre. Ben has been integral to the Centre’s relationships with the UN and UNICEF in Macedonia and North Montenegro, having previously been the in-country Representative and Co-ordinator in both nations. Ben supported the Centre as it developed its understanding, delivery and dissemination of character education to a vast range of stakeholders across the region, including politicians, ambassadors, civil servants, academics, teachers and students. In recognition of his work advancing character education in lower- and middle-income countries, Ben was made an Honorary Senior Fellow of the Centre in 2016 and has continued to collaborate with the Centre on a regular basis since. Ben will be a headline speaker at the Centre’s upcoming 10th annual conference in September 2022. The full Spotlight feature is available to view 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.