Character, Culture and Values international conference

Character, Culture and Values is an international conference hosted by Character Scotland and partners in University of Glasgow on 15th and 16th June 2015. It will be the first event of its kind in Scotland, designed to explore the continuing global shift towards character and values-based education and to examine what this could mean for us in Scotland.


The event has been curated by the charity’s Executive Officer, Gary Walsh, with the support of an advisory group involving Education Scotland, GTCS, SQA, Improvement Service/COSLA, Scottish Youth Parliament, Keep Scotland Beautiful, CBI Scotland, Investors in People, University of Glasgow and the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtue in University of Birmingham. Keynote speakers include Dr Avis Glaze, Prof Marvin Berkowitz, the Bishopbriggs Community Ambassadors and social entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn. There are many other speakers taking part in the programme of seminars and workshops.


The target audience includes those with an interest in education, youth and community work, policy, research, business and enterprise. Registration for the event comes at a grant-subsidised fee of £90 for full registration or £50 for day registration. Topics for discussion include: how and if we should design education to be more about character attributes and values; how to involve and empower children, young people, parents and communities in character and values development; how education and youth work can collaborate on character education; the relationship between ‘soft’ skills, attitudes and attributes for work and enterprise; and an exploration of possibilities with regard to the assessment and recognition of character attributes and values.


The ambition of the conference organisers is to have representation at the event from as many Local Authority areas in Scotland as possible and they would therefore very much appreciate your support in sharing details of the event. Please encourage your colleagues to attend by forwarding this email along with the attached brochure, directing them to for further details and online registration. Any questions can be directed to

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