Character Matters

Character matters. From teaching our children to distinguish between right and wrong to how we all treat one another, our individual character has a significant impact on how we operate as a society. This has been a point of debate and discussion for great philosophers for over a millennia, and has rarely been as relevant as it is today.

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues

Promoting morals

Our Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues is a pioneering research centre that promote a moral concept of character in order to explore the importance of virtue for public and professional life.

The work done by our acclaimed researchers helps to inform and influence politicians, policymakers and educationalists. The Centre has worked with the Department for Education, leading policymakers, schools, teachers and professional organisations to promote, build and strengthen character virtues in the contexts of the family, school, community, university, professions, voluntary organisations and the wider workplace. 

The Centre promote a concept of character which is constituted by the virtues which are critical to individual excellence; contribute to societal flourishing; can be exercised within all human contexts; and are educable. 

Can you teach character?

Staff and pupils from the University of Birmingham school share how learning about character is embedded into their teaching. The film forms part of the course content for the first MA in Character Education, run by the Jubilee Centre.