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Forthcoming events

The Intellectual Forum runs a diverse programme of events across the year, so please check back regularly and sign up for our mailing list.

We have the following scheduled events:

Director's Discussion on Homelessness

16 November 2017, Brewery Room, West Court, Jesus College, Cambridge.

There is a large recent increase in the number of people who are homeless. As well as those caught by the official statistics, who may be sleeping rough or in a shelter, there are many whose homelessness is hidden - those who are in unsuitable or unstable accommodation, such as ‘sofa surfers’.

The factors driving homelessness and insecure accommodation are numerous and changing. The leading cause of homelessness is now the end of short assured tenancies in the private rented sector. Failing to prevent homelessness has a devastating impact on the individual and also financial cost implications, costing the taxpayer an annual gross cost of £1 billion. Without a permanent address many find it hard to access services, benefits and practical opportunities to find a job, get advice or vote. Tragically, this results in poorer quality of life and life expectancy. The average age of death for a street homeless person is only 47 years old.

This Director’s Discussion asks: how do we end homelessness in Britain? We bring together a panel of experts from academia, policy, and the Third Sector to discuss such pressing issues as how we address the huge shortage of housing, particularly affordable homes, across England; what the government must do to tackle homelessness and those facing insecure housing; what is needed to address short-fallings in social care and mental health services; and how we can better meet the particular needs of young rough sleepers in Cambridge.

Wine and refreshments will be offered. To register attendance, please register below or head over to our page on Eventbrite.

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.


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