7th March 2022Awards

Dr. Kristian Guttesen has recently completed his PhD studies at the Jubilee Centre, supervised by Professor Kristján Kristjánsson and Dr. Tom Harrison.

Kristian Guttesen, born 1974 in Denmark, has lived most of his life in Iceland, where he has worked as a teacher, programmer, translator and writer. He is currently employed at the Directorate of Education in Iceland, where he works on projects in relation to educational research in Europe.

His doctoral thesis, 'Character Education Through Poetry', explores poetry teaching, creative writing teaching and the utilisation of philosophical dialogue in the classroom as tools for developing virtue literacy amongst young learners, aged 14-15. The outcomes that emerge from the finding can be categorized with respect to four overarching themes that identify the role and possibilities for utilising poetry for character education in the Icelandic school system. These are Freedom, Creativity, Wonderment, and Time.

The Centre extends its congratulations to Dr. Guttesen on this important milestone.


Character Strengths for the Working World is an essential event for PSHE Leads, Careers Leads, and Character Education Leads within UK educational institutions. Join us on Thursday, 13th July 2023, from 9am to 5pm at the beautiful Botanical Gardens, Birmingham.


This one-day conference, organised byThe Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, aims to provide insights, knowledge, and networking opportunities for professionals committed to enhancing character development and employability skills in their students.


Our speakers will share their expertise and perspectives on educational policy and best practices for empowering students to excel in the working world through harnessing their character strengths. The event will include keynote speeches, policy and practitioner panels, interactive sessions, and opportunities to connect with a wide range of professionals and experts in the field.


Our line-up of distinguished speakers includes:

• Rt. Hon. Baroness Nicky Morgan (former Secretary of State for Education)

• Bec Tigue (Character Lead at the University of Birmingham School)

• David Harkin (CEO at 8 Billion Ideas)

• Adrian McLean (Character Ambassador and Multi-academy Trust Lead at Severn Academies)

• The Careers and Enterprise Company


Food and refreshments:

Morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea, and a drinks reception will be provided as part of registration for you to enjoy.


Free resources:

There will be multiple free resources available for you to take away at this event. We will be launching a new workbook, based on research funded by the Society for Educational Studies, for use by careers guidance professionals and character educators to help students consider who they are, the character traits they aspire towards, and to align their career choices with this. We will also have multiple other free resources that educators can use within their practice based on over a decade of research at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.


Attendance is free, but spaces are limited. It is essential to reserve your place in advance to avoid disappointment. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your institution's approach to character education and student employability. Register now to secure your spot at Character Strengths for the Working World.


Register here.