Students & Young Adults

Students & Young Adults

Student Health

Models of good practice for supporting students with longterm health conditions

Released at the start of the first term of 2020, we hope that students, universities and colleges will find our 10 recommended actions to consider when supporting young people managing longterm health conditions in higher education useful.

These recommendations were developed by working with 45 students under 25 yrs old, and 30 professional stakeholders delivering health services in higher education. The project aimed to improve understanding of the needs of students with longterm health conditions and identify and share good practice. The full report of the project explains how we undertook the work and the key themes from student and stakeholder feedback.

The report and 10 actions were presented at the 2019 SMaRteN Conference held at the University of Cambridge via this poster.

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.