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Forthcoming events

We run a number of Rustat Conference events by invitation throughout the year. For more information on any of the events listed below please email our Forum Coordinator

We are eager to develop our forthcoming agenda in conjunction with Members and Sponsors, and our Director, Dr Julian Huppert, would delight in discussing any partnerships with those interested in becoming Rustat Conference Members or organisations and individuals interested in sponsoring events, reports or programmes.


Rustat Conference on Global Mobility

29-30 November 2017, West Court, Jesus College, Cambridge, attendance by invitation only.

Britain has been an internationally oriented country for many centuries, with Saxons, Hugenots, Indians, Aussies, Poles and many more moving to the UK and engaging with its society. Currently, around 1 in 7 people resident in the UK were born overseas, many playing crucial roles across the NHS, businesses, and society more broadly.

Changing attitudes and the Brexit vote may make a huge difference. What effect will these have on employers, who often need to tap rare skill sets held by those abroad, and on society at large? Will opportunities for Britons to work overseas be reduced? Will we seek to improve skills for those in the UK, or attract workers from outside of Europe?

At this Rustat Conference, invited experts from a wide range of backgrounds come together to discuss the possibilities around global mobility in the post-Brexit period.


Rustat Conference on Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity

15 March 2018, West Court, Jesus College, Cambridge, attendance by invitation only.

Highly skilled staff are a crucial element of most companies and organisations. Recruiting the right person is a difficult, time-consuming, and expensive task.

However, many organisations fail to recruit sufficiently widely, missing out in particular on women, people from ethnic minorities, or people with disabilities.

Having recruited people, it is very beneficial to be able to retain them – retraining people is very disruptive. However, again many organisations struggle to be able to retain all the staff they would like to keep. Also, the nature of work is changing.

This conference explores how to find, attract, and keep the best people in light of changing work patterns and places, as well as careers. We bring together experts from a range of backgrounds to discuss how we can reconfigure recruitment, retention, and the career “pipeline”, making sure in the future people can find the places best able to support them.


Rustat Conference on Intergenerationality: how can we bridge generational divides?

20-21 June 2018, West Court, Jesus College, Cambridge, attendance by invitation only.

For the first time, the 2017 General Election revealed that age was a stronger determinant of voting patterns than class. In the EU Referendum, polling shows young voters overwhelmingly supported Remain while older people backed Brexit.

The data suggests a widening gap between generations, not only politically but also socially and economically. How will this impact our society in the years ahead? To what extent can we reduce divides through changes in housing, institutions and technology? Does it make sense to lump people together in generational groups anyway?

This Rustat conference will draw together experts from a wide range of ages and backgrounds to explore how generations and individuals can work together.

A report will follow each of the events, made available on our Reports page.

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