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Director of Education: Dr Tom Harrison

Dr Tom Harrison is the Director of Education at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and leads on all the applied research projects – working with schools, colleges, employers, voluntary sector organisations and policy makers across Britain, as well as internationally. His specialist interests are character and virtue ethics, youth social action, citizenship, community development and volunteering. He has published extensively in these areas, and has developed resources and training programmes for schools and other organisations. Recent publications include ‘Teaching Character Through the Curriculum’, ‘Educating Character Through Stories’, and ‘Teaching Character in Primary Schools’.  He has completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham on the influence of the Internet on character virtues.  Tom is currently the Programme Director of the MA in Character Education and also the Secretary of the Association for Character Education (ACE).

Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 4812


Room 1243
12th Floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom



  • PhD, School of Education, University of Birmingham
  • PGCert in Academic Practice, University of Birmingham

  • BA, Sociology, University of York



Harrison, T. and Walker, D. I. (eds.) (2018) The Theory and Practice of Virtue Education, Abingdon: Routledge.

Arthur, J., Harrison, T., Burn, E. and Moller, F. (2017) Schools of Virtue: What Works in Character Education, University of Birmingham: Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.

Arthur, J., Harrison, T., Taylor-Collins, E. and Moller, F. (2017) A Habit of Service: The Factors that Sustain Service in Young People, University of Birmingham: Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.

Carr, D. and Harrison, T. (2017) ‘Teaching Gratitude through Literature’, in Tudge, J. and Frietas, L. (Eds.) Developing gratitude in children and adolescents, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 262-282.

Harrison, T. and Khatoon, B. (2017) Virtue, Practical Wisdom and Professional Education: A Pilot Intervention Designed to Enhance Virtue Knowledge, Understanding and Reasoning in Student Lawyers, Doctors and Teachers, University of Birmingham: Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.

Ward, J. and Harrison, T. (2017) The Casey Review: British Values and the Common Language of Virtues, Unversity of Birmingham: Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.

Arthur, J., Harrison, T., Kristjánsson, K., Sanderse, W. & Wright, D. (2016) Teaching Character and Virtue in Schools. London: Routledge.

Davidson, I., Harrison, T., Hayes, D., & Higgins, J. (2016) 'How to Assess Children’s Virtue Literacy: methodological lessons learnt from the Knightly Virtues programme’, Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 16-28.

Harrison, T. (2016) ‘Cultivating Cyber-phronesis: a new educational approach to tackle cyberbullying’, Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development [Online]

Harrison, T. (2016) 'Virtuous reality: moral theory and research into cyber-bullying', Ethics and Information Technology, 17(4), 275-283

Harrison, T. & Bawden, M. (2016) ‘Teaching Character Through Subjects’, Research Intelligence, no. 130, pp. 15-16.

Harrison, T, Morris, I, Ryan, J (2016) Teaching Character in Primary Schools. London, Sage

Carr, D, Harrison, T. (2015) Educating Character Through Stories. Exeter: Imprint Academic

Arthur, J. Harrison, T., Davison, I. (2015) Levels of Virtue Literacy in Catholic Church of England and Non-Faith Schools in England. International Studies in Catholic Education

Arthur, J., Harrison, T., Taylor, E. (2015) Building Character through youth social action. Birmingham, University of Birmingham

Arthur, J. Harrison, T. et al (2014) Knightly Virtues – enhancing virtue literacy through stories. Birmingham, University of Birmingham

Arthur, J., Harrison, T. et al (2014) My Character a Feasibility Study, Birmingham, University of Birmingham.

Harrison, T. (2014). The Influence of the Internet on the Character Virtues of 11-14 year olds. Birmingham: University of Birmingham.

Arthur, J. Harrison, T. Wright D. (2014) Teaching Character Through the Curriculum. Birmingham; University of Birmingham

Arthur, J. Harrison, T, (2013) Schools of Character. Birmingham; University of Birmingham

Arthur, J. And Harrison, T. (2012) Exploring Good Character and Citizenship in England, Asia Pacific Journal of Education. 

Harrison, T (2011) Assessing Citizenship; Challenges and Opportunities in Arthur, J. and Cremin, H. (eds) Citizenship Education (2011), London: Routledge.

Mason, C., Cremin, H., Harrison, T. & Warwick, P. (2011) Learning to (Dis)Engage?: The socialising experiences of young people living in areas of socio-economic disadvantage, British Journal of Educational Studies.

Warwick, P., Mason, C., Harrison, T, & Cremin, H. (2011) Citizens in a big society? The complex ecology of young people’s civic engagement. Journal of Social Science Education.

Cremin, H., Harrison, T., Warwick, P., Mason, C. (2011) Engaging Practice; Engaging Young Citizens for Disadvantaged communities, London: CSV.

Harrison, T. (2010) A Curriculum full of Character; Developing Character Education in the classroom, culture and community of a school, in Arthur, J (eds) Citizens of Character, Exeter: Imprint Academic.

Harrison, T. (2010) Volunteering and Character, University of Birmingham.