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Launch of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values 16th May 2012 Jubilee Centre

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Values was launched on 16th May at the House of Lords. 

The Centre is a multi-millionpound investment by the John Templeton Foundation, based at the University of Birmingham and directed by Prof. James Arthur.

Dr. Jack Templeton, President and Chairman of the John Templeton Foundation, attended the launch which was hosted by Lord Watson of Richmond who is to Chair the Advisory Board to the Centre. Prof. David Eastwood, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, also attended along with other notable dignitaries.

Dr. Jack Templeton said:

“Sir John Templeton’s powerful sense of gratitude to Britain began as a student, and grew and grew over his entire life. Sir John especially honoured the Gift of the Mind and how it is the Mind and the Spirit whence come Character and Values.

Therefore – the foundation is honoured to support the new Jubilee Centre for Character and Values at the University of Birmingham and the Centre’s leadership in a 10-year endeavor:  Gratitude Britain”.

The over-arching aim of the new Centre is to contribute to the renewal of character and values in Britain through research and development activities.

The Centre will run a large number of research projects which will cover all areas of British society: from character education in schools, to examining the values that motivate professionals such as teachers, lawyers and doctors, as well as those in the media, finance industries and civil service. It will try to answer questions that are fundamental to understanding modern Britain including:

  • How does the power of good character transform and shape the future of society?
  • What would be the wider social, cultural and moral impact of a more grateful Britain?
  • What personal virtues should ground public service?
  • 'How might such positive character traits as hope and optimism be fostered for working towards a better British society?’

The Centre will initiate a national consultation on a proposed curriculum policy for character building in schools.

For more information, please contact the Centre Manager Aidan Thompson via: a.p.thompson@bham.ac.uk 

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