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Dr. Tom Harrison Speaks to Counsel Magazine

23/03/17

The Centre’s Director of Education, Dr. Tom Harrison, was recently interviewed for an article in Counsel Magazine, the monthly journal of the Bar in England and Wales. In the article entitled, The Good Lawyer, Dr. Harrison speaks about professional ethics in the field of law and how a focus on personal morality can help trainee lawyers become more virtuous professionals.  Referencing the research being carried out by the Centre in the Interventions in Trainee and Student Teachers, Lawyers and Doctors, Dr. Harrison discusses how a more aspirational and person-centred approach to professional ethics can enhance moral decision-making ability for trainee lawyers and existing practitioners.

You can read the full article here

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Centre Director Attends Step Up to Serve Advisory Council

17/03/17

Centre Director, Professor James Arthur, attended a meeting at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 15th March, as a member of the Advisory Council of Step Up to Serve, under the leadership of the organisation’s patron HRH the Prince of Wales. Professor Arthur was able to speak to the Council about the Habits of Service research that the Jubilee Centre is conducting in collaboration with thousands of volunteers in Britain. He also met the Prince and discussed the work of the Jubilee Centre and the Prince spoke publically about the importance of character.

   

 

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Centre Welcomes Professor Marvin Berkowitz

15/03/17

The Jubilee Centre was pleased to welcome Professor Marvin Berkowitz who visited the Centre this week. Prof. Berkowitz is Professor of Character Education and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and is a leading expert in character education. He has been advising the Centre on current projects as they move towards reporting as well as laying the foundations for work the Centre is initiating with parents. Prof. Berkowitz is also advising on other areas relating to the field of character education.

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Deputy Director Takes Over as Editor of Journal of Moral Education

13/03/17

Professor Kristján Kristjánsson has been appointed editor of Journal of Moral Education with effect from 1st July, for five years. The journal, which is published by Taylor and Francis, has a long and distinguished history as the flagship journal in the field and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021. The current editor is Professor Darcia Narvaez, Notre Dame University, but prior to her Dr. Monica Taylor edited the journal for 35 years. The journal has a strong association with the Association for Moral Education and the Asia-Pacific Network of Moral Education, which both hold annual conferences. The Jubilee Centre congratulates Kristján on this appointment.

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Dr. Tom Harrison Presents to Lib Dem Parliamentary Education Group

10/03/17

On 7th March, the Centre’s Dr. Tom Harrison was invited to give a presentation about the work of the Jubilee Centre to the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Education group.   The group is led by Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson John Pugh MP.  Dr. Harrison spoke about the theory and practice of character education and its relation to current education policy, as well as responding to questions from the participants of the group.

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Centre Publishes Videos of Keynote Lectures from 4th Annual Conference

07/03/17

The Jubilee Centre has published three new videos from the keynote lectures given at its 4th annual conference, entitled ‘Cultivating Virtues: Interdisciplinary Approaches’, which took place in January 2016.

Toward a Richer Understanding of the Moral Life: Three Disquieting Questions About the Contemporary Science of Morality from Professor James Hunter (University of Virginia)

Drawing on the current academic and scientific consensus about the nature of morality, this keynote lecture by Professor James Hunter, questions the dominant conceptual understandings in order to create a clearing in which a richer and more adequate conceptualisation of morality and virtue might be forged.  

You can view Professor Hunter’s keynote lecture below:

Putting Ideals in Their Place from Professor Daniel Russell (University of Arizona)

This keynote lecture by Professor Daniel Russell questions what psychological paths are open to us in order to achieve moral development and what developments can we conceivably achieve along those paths that would count as genuine improvements.

You can view Professor Russell’s keynote lecture below:

Confronting Assumptions and Doctrines that Thwart the Cultivation of Virtues in Teacher Education from Professor Elizabeth Campbell (University of Toronto)

This paper, from Professor Elizabeth Campbell, considers the role of teacher education in cultivating virtues commonly associated with moral and ethical teaching. Using illustrative empirical data from a study on programs of teacher education (plus other professional disciplines), Dr. Campbell addresses how virtue cultivation may be enhanced.

You can view Professor Campbell’s keynote lecture below

You can read the full programme from the conference, and access the full papers given, here.

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Centre is Key Academic Partner to Prince William Award

02/03/17

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to be the key academic partner for a ground-breaking new award programme launched by HRH the Duke of Cambridge on 1st March 2017. The Prince William Award, which is run by SkillForce, will help 6 to 14 year old school children build character, confidence and resilience to help them flourish.

The Jubilee Centre’s Professor James Arthur and Dr. Tom Harrison joined the Prince at the launch of the award at Llanfoist Fawr Primary School in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. Prof. Arthur was able to discuss the award with the Prince, who talked about his interest in character education, and specifically the work of the Jubilee Centre. The Prince then thanked the Jubilee Centre in his speech to launch the award (see video below and the full speech here). 

The award is open to all children and young people, including those at risk of social exclusion, and combines practical and reflective learning through classroom-based and outdoor activities to develop character, resilience, compassion, courage, teamwork and problem solving skills. In addition to team tasks and practical challenges, pupils and students will also receive feedback from instructors that encourage them to reflect on their actions and experiences.

The development of the award was shaped by research conducted by the Jubilee Centre in 2015, which assessed the evidence for a national award programme to help young people, particularly primary school-age children, to explore their own values and guiding principles. 

For more information about the Prince William Award, you can watch the videos below, or go to this page

The launch of the award generated widespread media interest including:

 

Photo caption: (l-r) Dr. Tom Harrison, Prof. James Arthur, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Ben Slade (SkillForce).

Photo credit: Ben Stevens Photogprahy

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Deputy Director Lectures at CIPD Seminar

23/02/17

The Centre’s Deputy Director, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, gave a presentation at a seminar run by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at their headquarters in Wimbledon on 22nd of February. The title of the presentation was 'Ethical Decision-Making through a Character Lens' and was centred around providing a virtue-based approach to professional education with the aim of strengthening the character of all those that engage in professional practice.

The slides for the presentation can be found here.

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Dr. Tom Harrison Quoted in Huffington Post

16/02/17

The Jubilee Centre’s Dr. Tom Harrison has recently been quoted in an article for the Huffington Post. The online article entitled, ‘Compass or Sat Nav in the Digital World’, explores the pitfalls that young people face online and the negative effects that social media can have on their well-being. The article advocates the use of character education in helping young people cultivate the right character virtues that will help them better deal with online dilemmas. Read the full article here.

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MA in Character Education - 2017 Applications

16/02/17

The University of Birmingham's MA in Character Education is now taking applications for the 2017-18 student cohort. The course, which is the first of its kind in the world, offers students the latest theory and research in character education, as well as the knowledge and tools for character education practice in more or less formal educational settings. Find out more about how to apply at the course page here.

 

 

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Centre Welcomes Visiting Scholar Dr. Juan Fuentes

13/02/17

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to welcome Dr. Juan Fuentes. Juan joins the Centre from Universidad Complutense de Madrid where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theory and History of Education. He is also a member of Member of the “Civic Culture and Educational Policies” research group at Universidad Complutense de Madrid as well as a member of the “Educational Endeavors as Action” research group at Universidad Internacional de La Rioja.

Juan is here on a scholarship from the Spanish government and is investigating the differences of approach between Spanish and UK character education as well as exploring what interventions are in place to help teach character education in the UK. 

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Jubilee Centre 6th Annual Conference: Open Call for Papers

13/02/17

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues is pleased to announce its 6th annual conference, ‘Virtues in the Public Sphere', which will be held at Oriel College, Oxford, 4th - 6th January 2018.  The aim of the 2018 conference is to bring together experts from a range of disciplines to explore the relationship between character, wisdom and virtue. Can theorists from philosophy, education and psychology learn from each other’s work? How can insights from theory and practice be integrated?  Find out more here.

The open call for papers is now open and details of how to make a submission can be found below:

Interested parties are asked to send an abstract of about 500 words to jubileecentrepapers@contacts.bham.ac.uk (marked ORIEL PROPOSAL in the subject line) before July 1, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out before the end of July.  The conference fee is £150 and covers full board at Oriel College (2 nights), including the formal conference dinner. Details of how to pay the registration fee will be provided in due course.

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Professor David Carr Presents in Bangalore, India

30/01/17

On Monday 9th January 2017, Professor David Carr delivered an invited keynote address to an Azim Premji Foundation conference on theory and practice in education in Bangalore, southern India. His paper was entitled 'Theory, Knowledge and Justice in Educational Practice’ and focussed mainly on the importance of phronesis or practical wisdom, character and virtue for good educational practice. Professor Carr repeated this presentation at a meeting of educationalists and teachers in the northern Indian city of Dehradun on Sunday 15th January and also presented a paper on ‘Virtue and Moral Character in Education and Teaching’ in Jaipur, Rajasthan, on Friday 13th January.

 

The presentation delivered to the Azim Premji Foundation conference 'Theory, Knowledge and Justice in Educational Practice’ is available to view here.  

 

The presentation deliver in Jaipur, Rajasthan titled on ‘Virtue and Moral Character in Education and Teaching’ is available to view here.

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New Insight Series Paper

27/01/17

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues has published a new Insight Series paper authored by Joseph Ward and Dr. Tom Harrison.

The paper, entitled 'The Casey Review: British Values and the Common Language of Virtues', highlights some of the ambiguities surrounding the teaching of British values, and suggests how an additional focus on the concepts of moral character and common or universal virtues, detached from a specific national identity, could be beneficial to such provision. The paper can be accessed by clicking here.

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Deputy Director Presents at Virtues of Greatness Conference

23/01/17

Professor Kristján Kristjánsson presented an invited paper on '21st Century Magnanimity' at a conference on Virtues of Greatness organised by the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham on 21st - 22nd January 2017. 

The link to his PowerPoint slides is here.

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Centre Director Elected Chair of Society for Educational Studies

16/01/17

Jubilee Centre Director, Prof. James Arthur, has become Chair of the Society for Educational Studies, one of the leading societies for the advancement of scholarship, debate, and research in educational studies in the UK. 

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Centre Director Announced as Interaxion Group's New President

16/01/17

Jubilee Centre Director, Prof. James Arthur, has been appointed the new President of Interaxion Group. The Group aims to equip parents and educators with material and instruction regarding adolescent use of social media. The announcement was made at the Interaxion Congress:

Character Education and Digital Lifestyles, at which Prof. Arthur and Director of Education Dr. Tom Harrison presented in October.  You can find out more about Interaxion Group here.

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Dr. Kenneth Wilson OBE, FRSA - R.I.P

16/01/17

It is with regret that we report the passing of Dr. Kenneth Wilson OBE FRSA. Kenneth was a former Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Jubilee Centre (2012-2015) and was a great supporter of the Centre’s work. Kenneth lead on The Theological Roots of Gratitude project in the Centre’s first phase of research and also made a major contribution to the Learning for Life project (2005-2010). He attended all the major events throughout the Jubilee Centre’s foundation and progress.

Dr. Kenneth Wilson OBE, FRSA read History and then Theology at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, UK. He taught philosophy and ethics at Wesley College, Bristol and was Principal of Westminster College, Oxford then the Director of Research at The Queen’s Foundation. He was a Visiting Fellow of the University of Chichester and Senior Research Fellow of Christ Church University, Canterbury. He was also the author of several books, including Making Sense of It, Methodist Theology and The Theological Roots of Christian Gratitude.

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Research and Policy Digest Reaches 50th Issue

16/01/17

Dear Readers,

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to have reached the milestone of the 50th issue of the Jubilee Centre Research and Policy Digest. As well as providing updates on Jubilee Centre research and developmental activities, and the impact that our work is having in the UK and worldwide, we have also, from the outset, included news about the work of our partner institutions and links to interesting articles from all over the world that relate to the topics of character, virtue and character education. 

We are proud to have had the feedback from so many of you that you now consider our monthly digest your first port of call when keeping up to date with what is happening in the area of character: both regarding theory and practice. The number of subscribers continues to rise and has now reached over 4,000. News items about Jubilee Centre work in the digest typically direct readers to our website which has now had over 500,000 views from more than 75,000 visitors in 191 countries.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for following our work through this digest and hope that you will continue to do so in the future. Please spread the word to others who might be interested.

We would like to express our gratitude to our Research Officer Danielle Wartnaby for her work in collating, compiling and publishing our newsletter each month. This seems an appropriate opportunity to recognise Danielle's dedication to sourcing the stories and creating the content for the Research and Policy Digest, and publishing the quality of newsletter that you read each month.

With kindest regards,
Professor James Arthur and Professor Kristján Kristjánsson  

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New Insight Series Paper

10/01/17

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues has published a new Insight Series paper authored by Dr Marvin Berkowitz and Dr Melinda Bier. The paper, entitled 'Involving Parents for Good', provides evidence-based conclusions concerning parental influences on academic achievement, and offers guidance on how parents and schools can best work together to support student character development. The paper can be accessed by clicking here.

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Character, Wisdom and Virtue: Jubilee Centre 5th Annual Conference

10/01/17

The Jubilee Centre held its 5th annual conference at Oriel College, Oxford, January 5-7, 2017. The theme of the conference was Character, Wisdom and Virtue. With five keynote speeches, over fifty seminar and poster presentations and 120 delegates, the conference was highly successful and widely praised by the attendees for its content and organisation. The key note speeches by Professors Howard Curzer, Candace Vogler, Lenn Goodman, Monika Ardelt and Howard Nusbaum were particularly well received.  

The key note speakers explored Aristotelian, Thomistic, Arabic, Jewish and social scientific conceptions of wisdom and phronesis. With many of the most distinguished authorities in the field of wisdom research attending, seminar presenters asked searching questions about the domain-specificity of wisdom, its theoretical versus experiential underpinnings, its cultivation, and whether a wisdom-guided life is more like a symphony orchestra with a discrete conductor or a self-co-ordinating jazz band - to name but a few of the themes that emerged from the parallel sessions. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the largest interdisciplinary conference ever held devoted to the topic of wisdom and its surrounding virtues. 

The full text of the key note speeches and seminar presentations continues to be accessible online here.  

This year’s conference also saw a celebratory launch of five books published by Jubilee Centre academics. The book launch took place on the evening of 5th January and showcased the breadth of publications, influence and impact that the Jubilee Centre has achieved over the past four years.

The photographs above show the five books launched and the display showcasing the Jubilee Centre's work.

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Centre Academics Publish Edited Volume ‘Varieties of Virtue Ethics’

10/01/17

Professors David Carr, James Arthur and Kristján Kristjánsson have published an edited volume titled Varieties of Virtue Ethics with Palgrave Macmillan. The edited collection is drawn from papers presented at the 3rd annual conference of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues which was held at Oriel College, Oxford, 8th – 10th January 2015 and was entitled Varieties of Virtue Ethics in Philosophy, Social Science and Theology. The book brings together the conference highlights, which aimed to identify and investigate the diversity of contemporary interpretations and approaches to understanding moral virtue and character.

A short description of the book can be found below:

This book explores recent developments in ethics of virtue. While acknowledging the Aristotelian roots of modern virtue ethics – with its emphasis on the moral importance of character – this collection recognizes that more recent accounts of virtue have been shaped by many other influences, such as Aquinas, Hume, Nietzsche, Hegel and Marx, Confucius and Lao-tzu. The authors also examine the bearing of virtue ethics on other disciplines such as psychology, sociology and theology, as well as attending to some wider public, professional and educational implications of the ethics of virtue. This pioneering book will be invaluable to researchers and students concerned with the many contemporary varieties and applications of virtue ethics.

The book is available to purchase here

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Centre Director and University School Feature in The Times and TES

05/01/17

Jubilee Centre Director, Professor James Arthur, has recently featured in articles in both The Times and the Times Educational Supplement, discussing the vision and ethos of the University of Birmingham School, which focuses on character education.  The articles both highlight the immense popularity that the school has seen with parents in the local area since opening in September 2015 and the bespoke ethos, curriculum and enrichment programme the school offers its pupils. The articles come shortly after Prime Minister Theresa May called for more universities around the country to commit to sponsoring a school. The University of Birmingham also held a conference on 24th November 2016, at the University of Birmingham School, to share its experience of establishing a school with representatives of 52 universities and civil servants who attended. In the articles, Professor Arthur also speaks about the process by which the university went about setting up the school and the main factors driving the school’s unique vision and ethos which is built around values such as justice, courage and compassion. Working closely with the Jubilee Centre to develop a taught character curriculum, the school integrates character into every lesson as it seeks to demonstrate how character can be taught as well as ‘caught’.

You can access the article in The Times, ‘Fierce competition to be “guinea pigs” at the school that teachers character’ here.*

You can access the TES article, ‘How one university has created a school to “match the aspirations” of the best’ here.*

*Please note both articles are accessible through subscription.

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Dr. Tom Harrison Speaks to Counsel Magazine

23/03/17

The Centre’s Director of Education, Dr. Tom Harrison, was recently interviewed for an article in Counsel Magazine, the monthly journal of the Bar in England and Wales. In the article entitled, The Good Lawyer, Dr. Harrison speaks about professional ethics in the field of law and how a focus on personal morality can help trainee lawyers become more virtuous professionals.  Referencing the research being carried out by the Centre in the Interventions in Trainee and Student Teachers, Lawyers and Doctors, Dr. Harrison discusses how a more aspirational and person-centred approach to professional ethics can enhance moral decision-making ability for trainee lawyers and existing practitioners.

You can read the full article here

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Centre Director Attends Step Up to Serve Advisory Council

17/03/17

Centre Director, Professor James Arthur, attended a meeting at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 15th March, as a member of the Advisory Council of Step Up to Serve, under the leadership of the organisation’s patron HRH the Prince of Wales. Professor Arthur was able to speak to the Council about the Habits of Service research that the Jubilee Centre is conducting in collaboration with thousands of volunteers in Britain. He also met the Prince and discussed the work of the Jubilee Centre and the Prince spoke publically about the importance of character.

   

 

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Centre Welcomes Professor Marvin Berkowitz

15/03/17

The Jubilee Centre was pleased to welcome Professor Marvin Berkowitz who visited the Centre this week. Prof. Berkowitz is Professor of Character Education and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and is a leading expert in character education. He has been advising the Centre on current projects as they move towards reporting as well as laying the foundations for work the Centre is initiating with parents. Prof. Berkowitz is also advising on other areas relating to the field of character education.

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Deputy Director Takes Over as Editor of Journal of Moral Education

13/03/17

Professor Kristján Kristjánsson has been appointed editor of Journal of Moral Education with effect from 1st July, for five years. The journal, which is published by Taylor and Francis, has a long and distinguished history as the flagship journal in the field and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021. The current editor is Professor Darcia Narvaez, Notre Dame University, but prior to her Dr. Monica Taylor edited the journal for 35 years. The journal has a strong association with the Association for Moral Education and the Asia-Pacific Network of Moral Education, which both hold annual conferences. The Jubilee Centre congratulates Kristján on this appointment.

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Dr. Tom Harrison Presents to Lib Dem Parliamentary Education Group

10/03/17

On 7th March, the Centre’s Dr. Tom Harrison was invited to give a presentation about the work of the Jubilee Centre to the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Education group.   The group is led by Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson John Pugh MP.  Dr. Harrison spoke about the theory and practice of character education and its relation to current education policy, as well as responding to questions from the participants of the group.

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Centre Publishes Videos of Keynote Lectures from 4th Annual Conference

07/03/17

The Jubilee Centre has published three new videos from the keynote lectures given at its 4th annual conference, entitled ‘Cultivating Virtues: Interdisciplinary Approaches’, which took place in January 2016.

Toward a Richer Understanding of the Moral Life: Three Disquieting Questions About the Contemporary Science of Morality from Professor James Hunter (University of Virginia)

Drawing on the current academic and scientific consensus about the nature of morality, this keynote lecture by Professor James Hunter, questions the dominant conceptual understandings in order to create a clearing in which a richer and more adequate conceptualisation of morality and virtue might be forged.  

You can view Professor Hunter’s keynote lecture below:

Putting Ideals in Their Place from Professor Daniel Russell (University of Arizona)

This keynote lecture by Professor Daniel Russell questions what psychological paths are open to us in order to achieve moral development and what developments can we conceivably achieve along those paths that would count as genuine improvements.

You can view Professor Russell’s keynote lecture below:

Confronting Assumptions and Doctrines that Thwart the Cultivation of Virtues in Teacher Education from Professor Elizabeth Campbell (University of Toronto)

This paper, from Professor Elizabeth Campbell, considers the role of teacher education in cultivating virtues commonly associated with moral and ethical teaching. Using illustrative empirical data from a study on programs of teacher education (plus other professional disciplines), Dr. Campbell addresses how virtue cultivation may be enhanced.

You can view Professor Campbell’s keynote lecture below

You can read the full programme from the conference, and access the full papers given, here.

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Centre is Key Academic Partner to Prince William Award

02/03/17

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to be the key academic partner for a ground-breaking new award programme launched by HRH the Duke of Cambridge on 1st March 2017. The Prince William Award, which is run by SkillForce, will help 6 to 14 year old school children build character, confidence and resilience to help them flourish.

The Jubilee Centre’s Professor James Arthur and Dr. Tom Harrison joined the Prince at the launch of the award at Llanfoist Fawr Primary School in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. Prof. Arthur was able to discuss the award with the Prince, who talked about his interest in character education, and specifically the work of the Jubilee Centre. The Prince then thanked the Jubilee Centre in his speech to launch the award (see video below and the full speech here). 

The award is open to all children and young people, including those at risk of social exclusion, and combines practical and reflective learning through classroom-based and outdoor activities to develop character, resilience, compassion, courage, teamwork and problem solving skills. In addition to team tasks and practical challenges, pupils and students will also receive feedback from instructors that encourage them to reflect on their actions and experiences.

The development of the award was shaped by research conducted by the Jubilee Centre in 2015, which assessed the evidence for a national award programme to help young people, particularly primary school-age children, to explore their own values and guiding principles. 

For more information about the Prince William Award, you can watch the videos below, or go to this page

The launch of the award generated widespread media interest including:

 

Photo caption: (l-r) Dr. Tom Harrison, Prof. James Arthur, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Ben Slade (SkillForce).

Photo credit: Ben Stevens Photogprahy

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Deputy Director Lectures at CIPD Seminar

23/02/17

The Centre’s Deputy Director, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, gave a presentation at a seminar run by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at their headquarters in Wimbledon on 22nd of February. The title of the presentation was 'Ethical Decision-Making through a Character Lens' and was centred around providing a virtue-based approach to professional education with the aim of strengthening the character of all those that engage in professional practice.

The slides for the presentation can be found here.

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Dr. Tom Harrison Quoted in Huffington Post

16/02/17

The Jubilee Centre’s Dr. Tom Harrison has recently been quoted in an article for the Huffington Post. The online article entitled, ‘Compass or Sat Nav in the Digital World’, explores the pitfalls that young people face online and the negative effects that social media can have on their well-being. The article advocates the use of character education in helping young people cultivate the right character virtues that will help them better deal with online dilemmas. Read the full article here.

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MA in Character Education - 2017 Applications

16/02/17

The University of Birmingham's MA in Character Education is now taking applications for the 2017-18 student cohort. The course, which is the first of its kind in the world, offers students the latest theory and research in character education, as well as the knowledge and tools for character education practice in more or less formal educational settings. Find out more about how to apply at the course page here.

 

 

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Centre Welcomes Visiting Scholar Dr. Juan Fuentes

13/02/17

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to welcome Dr. Juan Fuentes. Juan joins the Centre from Universidad Complutense de Madrid where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theory and History of Education. He is also a member of Member of the “Civic Culture and Educational Policies” research group at Universidad Complutense de Madrid as well as a member of the “Educational Endeavors as Action” research group at Universidad Internacional de La Rioja.

Juan is here on a scholarship from the Spanish government and is investigating the differences of approach between Spanish and UK character education as well as exploring what interventions are in place to help teach character education in the UK. 

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Jubilee Centre 6th Annual Conference: Open Call for Papers

13/02/17

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues is pleased to announce its 6th annual conference, ‘Virtues in the Public Sphere', which will be held at Oriel College, Oxford, 4th - 6th January 2018.  The aim of the 2018 conference is to bring together experts from a range of disciplines to explore the relationship between character, wisdom and virtue. Can theorists from philosophy, education and psychology learn from each other’s work? How can insights from theory and practice be integrated?  Find out more here.

The open call for papers is now open and details of how to make a submission can be found below:

Interested parties are asked to send an abstract of about 500 words to jubileecentrepapers@contacts.bham.ac.uk (marked ORIEL PROPOSAL in the subject line) before July 1, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out before the end of July.  The conference fee is £150 and covers full board at Oriel College (2 nights), including the formal conference dinner. Details of how to pay the registration fee will be provided in due course.

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Professor David Carr Presents in Bangalore, India

30/01/17

On Monday 9th January 2017, Professor David Carr delivered an invited keynote address to an Azim Premji Foundation conference on theory and practice in education in Bangalore, southern India. His paper was entitled 'Theory, Knowledge and Justice in Educational Practice’ and focussed mainly on the importance of phronesis or practical wisdom, character and virtue for good educational practice. Professor Carr repeated this presentation at a meeting of educationalists and teachers in the northern Indian city of Dehradun on Sunday 15th January and also presented a paper on ‘Virtue and Moral Character in Education and Teaching’ in Jaipur, Rajasthan, on Friday 13th January.

 

The presentation delivered to the Azim Premji Foundation conference 'Theory, Knowledge and Justice in Educational Practice’ is available to view here.  

 

The presentation deliver in Jaipur, Rajasthan titled on ‘Virtue and Moral Character in Education and Teaching’ is available to view here.

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New Insight Series Paper

27/01/17

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues has published a new Insight Series paper authored by Joseph Ward and Dr. Tom Harrison.

The paper, entitled 'The Casey Review: British Values and the Common Language of Virtues', highlights some of the ambiguities surrounding the teaching of British values, and suggests how an additional focus on the concepts of moral character and common or universal virtues, detached from a specific national identity, could be beneficial to such provision. The paper can be accessed by clicking here.

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Deputy Director Presents at Virtues of Greatness Conference

23/01/17

Professor Kristján Kristjánsson presented an invited paper on '21st Century Magnanimity' at a conference on Virtues of Greatness organised by the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham on 21st - 22nd January 2017. 

The link to his PowerPoint slides is here.

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Centre Director Elected Chair of Society for Educational Studies

16/01/17

Jubilee Centre Director, Prof. James Arthur, has become Chair of the Society for Educational Studies, one of the leading societies for the advancement of scholarship, debate, and research in educational studies in the UK. 

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Centre Director Announced as Interaxion Group's New President

16/01/17

Jubilee Centre Director, Prof. James Arthur, has been appointed the new President of Interaxion Group. The Group aims to equip parents and educators with material and instruction regarding adolescent use of social media. The announcement was made at the Interaxion Congress:

Character Education and Digital Lifestyles, at which Prof. Arthur and Director of Education Dr. Tom Harrison presented in October.  You can find out more about Interaxion Group here.

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Dr. Kenneth Wilson OBE, FRSA - R.I.P

16/01/17

It is with regret that we report the passing of Dr. Kenneth Wilson OBE FRSA. Kenneth was a former Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Jubilee Centre (2012-2015) and was a great supporter of the Centre’s work. Kenneth lead on The Theological Roots of Gratitude project in the Centre’s first phase of research and also made a major contribution to the Learning for Life project (2005-2010). He attended all the major events throughout the Jubilee Centre’s foundation and progress.

Dr. Kenneth Wilson OBE, FRSA read History and then Theology at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, UK. He taught philosophy and ethics at Wesley College, Bristol and was Principal of Westminster College, Oxford then the Director of Research at The Queen’s Foundation. He was a Visiting Fellow of the University of Chichester and Senior Research Fellow of Christ Church University, Canterbury. He was also the author of several books, including Making Sense of It, Methodist Theology and The Theological Roots of Christian Gratitude.

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Research and Policy Digest Reaches 50th Issue

16/01/17

Dear Readers,

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to have reached the milestone of the 50th issue of the Jubilee Centre Research and Policy Digest. As well as providing updates on Jubilee Centre research and developmental activities, and the impact that our work is having in the UK and worldwide, we have also, from the outset, included news about the work of our partner institutions and links to interesting articles from all over the world that relate to the topics of character, virtue and character education. 

We are proud to have had the feedback from so many of you that you now consider our monthly digest your first port of call when keeping up to date with what is happening in the area of character: both regarding theory and practice. The number of subscribers continues to rise and has now reached over 4,000. News items about Jubilee Centre work in the digest typically direct readers to our website which has now had over 500,000 views from more than 75,000 visitors in 191 countries.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for following our work through this digest and hope that you will continue to do so in the future. Please spread the word to others who might be interested.

We would like to express our gratitude to our Research Officer Danielle Wartnaby for her work in collating, compiling and publishing our newsletter each month. This seems an appropriate opportunity to recognise Danielle's dedication to sourcing the stories and creating the content for the Research and Policy Digest, and publishing the quality of newsletter that you read each month.

With kindest regards,
Professor James Arthur and Professor Kristján Kristjánsson  

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New Insight Series Paper

10/01/17

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues has published a new Insight Series paper authored by Dr Marvin Berkowitz and Dr Melinda Bier. The paper, entitled 'Involving Parents for Good', provides evidence-based conclusions concerning parental influences on academic achievement, and offers guidance on how parents and schools can best work together to support student character development. The paper can be accessed by clicking here.

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Character, Wisdom and Virtue: Jubilee Centre 5th Annual Conference

10/01/17

The Jubilee Centre held its 5th annual conference at Oriel College, Oxford, January 5-7, 2017. The theme of the conference was Character, Wisdom and Virtue. With five keynote speeches, over fifty seminar and poster presentations and 120 delegates, the conference was highly successful and widely praised by the attendees for its content and organisation. The key note speeches by Professors Howard Curzer, Candace Vogler, Lenn Goodman, Monika Ardelt and Howard Nusbaum were particularly well received.  

The key note speakers explored Aristotelian, Thomistic, Arabic, Jewish and social scientific conceptions of wisdom and phronesis. With many of the most distinguished authorities in the field of wisdom research attending, seminar presenters asked searching questions about the domain-specificity of wisdom, its theoretical versus experiential underpinnings, its cultivation, and whether a wisdom-guided life is more like a symphony orchestra with a discrete conductor or a self-co-ordinating jazz band - to name but a few of the themes that emerged from the parallel sessions. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the largest interdisciplinary conference ever held devoted to the topic of wisdom and its surrounding virtues. 

The full text of the key note speeches and seminar presentations continues to be accessible online here.  

This year’s conference also saw a celebratory launch of five books published by Jubilee Centre academics. The book launch took place on the evening of 5th January and showcased the breadth of publications, influence and impact that the Jubilee Centre has achieved over the past four years.

The photographs above show the five books launched and the display showcasing the Jubilee Centre's work.

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Centre Academics Publish Edited Volume ‘Varieties of Virtue Ethics’

10/01/17

Professors David Carr, James Arthur and Kristján Kristjánsson have published an edited volume titled Varieties of Virtue Ethics with Palgrave Macmillan. The edited collection is drawn from papers presented at the 3rd annual conference of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues which was held at Oriel College, Oxford, 8th – 10th January 2015 and was entitled Varieties of Virtue Ethics in Philosophy, Social Science and Theology. The book brings together the conference highlights, which aimed to identify and investigate the diversity of contemporary interpretations and approaches to understanding moral virtue and character.

A short description of the book can be found below:

This book explores recent developments in ethics of virtue. While acknowledging the Aristotelian roots of modern virtue ethics – with its emphasis on the moral importance of character – this collection recognizes that more recent accounts of virtue have been shaped by many other influences, such as Aquinas, Hume, Nietzsche, Hegel and Marx, Confucius and Lao-tzu. The authors also examine the bearing of virtue ethics on other disciplines such as psychology, sociology and theology, as well as attending to some wider public, professional and educational implications of the ethics of virtue. This pioneering book will be invaluable to researchers and students concerned with the many contemporary varieties and applications of virtue ethics.

The book is available to purchase here

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Centre Director and University School Feature in The Times and TES

05/01/17

Jubilee Centre Director, Professor James Arthur, has recently featured in articles in both The Times and the Times Educational Supplement, discussing the vision and ethos of the University of Birmingham School, which focuses on character education.  The articles both highlight the immense popularity that the school has seen with parents in the local area since opening in September 2015 and the bespoke ethos, curriculum and enrichment programme the school offers its pupils. The articles come shortly after Prime Minister Theresa May called for more universities around the country to commit to sponsoring a school. The University of Birmingham also held a conference on 24th November 2016, at the University of Birmingham School, to share its experience of establishing a school with representatives of 52 universities and civil servants who attended. In the articles, Professor Arthur also speaks about the process by which the university went about setting up the school and the main factors driving the school’s unique vision and ethos which is built around values such as justice, courage and compassion. Working closely with the Jubilee Centre to develop a taught character curriculum, the school integrates character into every lesson as it seeks to demonstrate how character can be taught as well as ‘caught’.

You can access the article in The Times, ‘Fierce competition to be “guinea pigs” at the school that teachers character’ here.*

You can access the TES article, ‘How one university has created a school to “match the aspirations” of the best’ here.*

*Please note both articles are accessible through subscription.

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