Jeff Ralph (Office of National Statistics)

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Jeff Ralph (Office of National Statistics)

June 22, 2018 @ 1:35 pm - 2:35 pm UTC+0

Joint RSS South West Local Group and Mathematics Masterclass Event

Title: Society and Teenagers: How statistics reveal the changes in young peoples lives through the last century

Speaker: Jeff Ralph, RSS William Guy Lecturer for 2017-18

Abstract: Young people born in the year 2000 in the UK are more likely to be called Megan or Jack than Mary or John, had a life expectancy at birth of over 75 years and about half will go on to higher education. How was this different a hundred years ago? Official statistics tell the story of how our lives have developed over a century of dramatic change. Statisticians have played a key role in tracking and understanding these developments. I will talk about the statistics behind the measurement of our daily lives. For example, how a basket of goods is used to represent the way people spend their money and what the items in the basket tell us about changes in society and technology. The talk will also discuss the measurement of poverty and its development over time into more than just an indicator of having enough food to eat. Jeff will include examples of what life was like for teenagers through the last century as revealed by the rich source of official statistics.

Note. This talk is part of the South West Mathematics Masterclass Event for school students aged 14. If you are interested in attending the talk, you are most welcome but please contact the event organiser, Jenny Sharp (email: to let her know that you are attending. This is to comply with the risk assessment for this event which states that all adults are known to the organiser.


June 22, 2018
1:35 pm - 2:35 pm UTC+0


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