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Britain’s students are paying more for their degrees than ever before but face lower incomes and higher housing costs after graduation. The FT investigates the damage the crisis has wrought on the country’s bright young people – and their prospects once the economy recovers

Young should blame bad luck not policy

Baby boomers enjoyed almost miraculously benign circumstances that will not be repeated

Aiming higher

UK school leavers need better options than fruitless study

ft series: day 4

Life is hard but a degree is worth having

Becoming a graduate is the best advantage for young people in race for jobs, says David Willetts

ft series: day 3
Student Ebony Fisher fills out an application for the Art Institute of Chicago at a job fair in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, July 8, 2011.

Students embrace the age of sobriety

Empty bars and busy libraries the new norm as consumer mindset grows

John McDermott

The politics of ‘class of the crunch’

The cultural divide between generations has narrowed but the economic divide has grown wider

Robert Shrimsley

Snatching away the glittering prizes

Austerity is hitting students hard, curbing expectations and scope for extracurricular fun

The many sighs of young Britannia

If under-35s want a better deal, they should ask for it


Young Londoners ‘hutch up’ to curb rent

Struggling new graduates sharing in greater numbers

No room for graduates as London rents soar

Capital’s economic muscle squeezes those starting out

Half new graduates in non-graduate jobs

Media studies have second highest employment rate

FT series: Day 1

Struggle for England’s graduates revealed

Degree ceases to be a golden ticket to a well paid job

Young people avoid risk of start-ups

Downturn confounds predictions of entrepreneurial surge

Jinxed generation’s plight worsening

Pensioners’ incomes protected as fears grow for younger workers


My generation should repay its good luck

The reality is not that we can’t pay, but that we won’t pay

Jinx is not simply on a generation

Age gap opens over who is to shoulder the austerity burden

Baby boomers are the wrong target

To listen to the debate about equity between generations is to be swept up in distortions

Parents risk retirement to bankroll children


Britain is no country for young men

It is up to 40-somethings to turn round our floundering economy

Rift grows between old and young

Generations see fortunes reversed

Those entering the labour market today will not benefit as their parents did

Older people see rapid growth of income

Britain shows fastest rise in elderly’s income relative to the young

Children take shine off baby boomers’ golden age

Uncertain prospects facing their grown-up children worry older generation

Politicians put elderly votes first

Almost unnoticed, a generation gap has opened in the UK