Dr Tom Harrison is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham and the Programme Director for the MA in Character Education; a three year distance learning degree. The MA is the first of its kind in the world and attracts a broad range of UK and International students.
Tom is also the Director of Education in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and lead on all the applied research projects; working with schools, colleges, employers, voluntary sector organisations and policy makers across Britain as well as internationally. In this role he has advised policy makers in the Department of Education, as well as many schools, voluntary sector and professional organisations.
Impact of work
His specialist interests are character education and virtue ethics; virtue and the internet; youth social action and citizenship. He has published extensively in these areas as well as developing resources and training programmes for schools and other organisations and has recently authored or edited the following books; Educating Character Through Stories; Teaching Character in Primary Schools ; Teaching Character and Virtue in Schools ; and The Theory and Practice of Virtue Education.
Plans for the future
Tom is currently the College of Social Science academic lead for Technology Enhanced learning (TEL) and is conducting research into the impact of new technologies of student experience and learning. He completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham on the influence of the Internet on character virtues, is currently the Birmingham Education Fellow and last year became a Senior Fellow of the HEA. He is also the books editor for the Journal of Educational Studies and the Secretary of the Association for Character Education (ACE).