Students & Young Adults

Students & Young Adults

Student Health

AYPH worked with students (aged 18-25) and services supporting student wellbeing to explore ways to improve health services and outcomes for students with long term health conditions.

The project explored factors that affect students and identify examples of good practice. We worked with young people with long term conditions to share their perspectives on, and solutions for, adjusting to life at university. The work was supported by the Bupa UK Foundation who fund practical projects to tackle challenges in health and social care.

AYPH visited three locations around the UK and held a stakeholder meeting in early 2019.  We have published a report reflecting the process and the key findings. A ten point best practice guide that will be turned into a user friendly tool for higher education staff, youth workers and young people will be available later in 2019.

If you’d like more information on the project, the stakeholder event or anything else, contact Jeremy Sachs at

An overview of research on key issues in student health

A significant proportion of 18-21 year age group are studying at UK higher education institutions, yet we know relatively little about their health needs and their use of services during this period of their lives. AYPH’s sense is that this is a topic that has been relatively overlooked in recent considerations of young people’s health. Our new briefing on the topic summarises what research tells us so far and sets an agenda for more work on the topic.

You can download the briefing here.




Research to support an enquiry into young people’s future health prospects

In July 2017, the Association for Young People’s Health and UCL Institute of Child Health were commissioned by the Health Foundation to undertake research to understand better the assets, opportunities and protective factors that develop as young people approach adulthood, and to assess how various wider determinants of health (including employment, housing, relationships and habits) experienced during the transition to adulthood impact on their future health prospects as they age. Further information about the project can be found here.