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Words from the centre
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
Cicero. 54 BC

About the Jubilee Centre

"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 professional life.

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 societies.

The Jubilee Centre is part of the School of Education within the University of Birmingham

Our Goals

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: 

  1. are critical to human flourishing;
  2. can be exercised within all human contexts;
  3. 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? 

 Download our Centre Brochure (422 KB)

 Download our 'One Year On' Centre Brochure (1.89 MB)

 An overview of the Centre can be found here. (761 KB)

Launch Video

Words from the centre
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
Cicero. 54 BC