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Mind the gap: Rustat report on generations released

The Rustat Conference report and infographic on generations have been published today.

Polling data from the EU Referendum and the 2017 General Election shows a growing political gap between people of different ages, and widening divides when it comes to housing, wealth, and even who we trust and how we perceive risk.

At the Rustat Conference held on 21 June 2018, we asked ‘is there such a thing as a generation gap?’ and then explored:

  • How are generations presented? Are there really the conflicts portrayed by the press? Do meaningful generational differences exist?
  • Are there differences in political participation and political views between generations? Are differences greater within generations themselves?
  • How have changes in work, finance, and housing stock impacted on home ownership for current and future generations, and are they causing a generational housing crisis?
  • How is societal organisation changing and how can we reshape education and social institutions to encourage inter-generational interactions?
  • If generation gaps exist, how should we address them?

Jesus College undergraduate Freddie Preece (2015) took the lead in organising the Rustat Conference on Generations as part of the Intellectual Forum’s internship programme. He brought together decision-makers from the front lines of politics, business, finance, the media and education to discuss the vital issues with academic experts. 

The Rustat Conferences are held four times a year by the Jesus College Intellectual Forum. The next Rustat Conference will focus on reconfiguring careers to foster equality, diversity and retention. It will be held on 21 September 2018 and those interested in attending, or engaging with the Rustat Conferences and the Intellectual Forum more broadly, are encouraged to contact the Forum's Coordinator.

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