On Thursday 7th July, Charlotte Hill, CEO of Step Up to Serve, was awarded an honorary degree at the University of Birmingham degree congregations, and awarded the title of Alumna of the Year. Charlotte studied Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. Following the 2012 review into youth social action, Step Up To Serve was established in 2013 to coordinate the #iwill campaign. It is run by a small dynamic team of dedicated and experienced staff, supported by secondees from partner organisations. The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues has partnered with Step Up to Serve since its launch, and continues to collaborate on multiple projects, and provide a dedicated academic researcher to work as part of the Step Up to Serve team.
Jubilee Centre Director Prof. James Arthur, and Director of Education Dr. Tom Harrison joined Charlotte and University of Birmingham Chancellor Lord Bilimoria as part of the celebrations. During her acceptance speech, Charlotte spoke to University of Birmingham graduands of the importance of service, character virtues and undertaking meaningful social action.