Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Birmingham

Tom Harrison is a senior lecturer in education at the University of Birmingham. He is Programme Director for the MA Character Education and runs a module on the BA Education Programme for the school of education.

Tom is the Director of Development 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 as well as developing resources and training programmes for schools and other organisations. Recent publications include ‘Teaching Character Through the Curriculum’, ‘Educating Character Through Stories’, ‘Schools of Character’ and ‘Teaching Character in Primary Schools (forthcoming). He has written articles for the Times Educational Supplement (TES) and appeared on several local and national radio programmes.

Tom was the academic lead on the Character Education MOOC and Module Lead for the Children as Citizens course on the BA Education course. Tom is a regular speaker on character education at academic and practice-based events in Britain as well as internationally. He is also a trustee for Character Scotland, on the executive for the Association for Character Education (ACE).


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    Lecturer, School of Education, University of Birmingham