Tom Harrison




Tom Harrison is the Deputy Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and leads on all the applied research projects. He has spent many years working on research and development programmes mainly relating to character and citizenship education. Most recently he has led the My Character and Knightly Virtues projects, on behalf of the School of Education. Previously he has led projects on behalf of engagED, Learning for Life, citizED, the ASC as well as the national volunteering and training charity CSV. Tom founded the international educational volunteering charity VESL in 2003 and is currently a trustee for the organisation. He is also a trustee of Character Scotland.

Tom’s specialist interests are character and virtue ethics, citizenship, community development, student leadership and volunteering. He has written extensively on many of these areas as well as developing resources and training programmes for schools. Tom is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Birmingham considering the influence of the Internet on the character virtues of young people in England.

Tom has appeared in the media several times in the last year, including in the national press, national radio and local radio. The BBC, in its Education and Family section, recently reported on a survey undertaken by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values which suggests that most people want schools to encourage values such as honesty and fairness in pupils. Tom awas also a guest on the BBBC Radio 4 Bringing up Britain programme about character. Listen to the episode on Character. Tom has also been an advisor on several consultations recently including the All Party Parlimentary Group (APPG) on Social Mobility report on character and resillience and the IPPR Condition of Britain report. He is also a member of the data and quality advisory group for Step up to Serve and leads on their characer and service research. He has also spoken on the theme of Character and Citizenship Education at conferences for head teachers and teachers both in Britain and Internationally.

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