"Societies around the globe are rediscovering ancient wisdom: Character matters. In the century ahead, there is no more important human quest than the one the Jubilee Center is undertaking—to generate useful knowledge about how to foster good character in every area of our personal and public lives."
Tom Lickona, Director, Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility), State University of New York at Cortland
The Jubilee Centre is a pioneering
interdisciplinary research centre focussing on character, virtues and values in
the interest of human flourishing.
The Centre promotes a moral concept of
character in order to explore the importance of virtue for public and
The Centre is a leading informant on policy
and practice in this area and through its extensive range of projects
contributes to a renewal of character and values in both individuals and
The Jubilee Centre is part of the School of Education within the University of Birmingham
Strengthening character and values in Britain
The Jubilee Centre
for Character and Virtues will address critical character issues among the
British public. The Centre will
promote, build and strengthen character in the contexts of the family, school,
community, university, profession, voluntary organisations and the wider
employment scene in Britain. We believe that character strengths:
- are critical to
- can be exercised
within all human contexts;
- are educable.
We believe that
central to the moral world is the development of virtues – that is, the
dispositions that characterise a distinctly human form of life and which
influence how we think and act in the particular situations that confront us.
The Big Questions
The big questions the Centre will
address revolve around the transformative power of character in shaping the future together with the virtues of personal life and public service.
The questions are…
- How does the power of good
character transform and shape the future of society?
- What personal virtues should
ground public service?
- How might morally
significant gratitude be promoted in British society?
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