EUniWell Open Lecture Series: Young People, Well-being, and the Covid-19 Pandemic - Learning for the Future from the EUniWell Policy Commission


University of Birmingham Online EUniWell-Event

As part of the EUniWell Open Lecture Series, Prof. Robin Miller, Dr. Paul Vallance and Liam Walsh will be speaking on the topic “Young People, Well-being, and the Covid-19 Pandemic: Learning for the Future from the EUniWell Policy Commission” on Tuesday 17 October 2023 at 16:00 CEST / 15:00 BST.

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Lecturers: Prof. Robin Miller, Dr. Paul Vallance, Liam Walsh, University of Birmingham
Related EUniWell Arena: 1) Health and Well-Being


About this lecture:

This lecture will summarise the outcomes of the first EUniWell Policy Commission, led by the University of Birmingham on behalf of the EUniWell Alliance. This Commission, which ran between June 2020 and February 2023, investigated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people (15-24-year-olds) across Europe. The final report from this process draws on submissions of academic research, institutional practices, and engagement with young people from EUniWell partner universities. 

The lecture will explain the aims of the Policy Commission and outline the headline findings of an evidence review into the uneven impacts of the pandemic on the education, employment, and mental health of different groups of young people. The implications of these findings will then be situated in a changing post-pandemic context across Europe, and policy lessons to help address the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the well-being of young people will be highlighted from the Policy Commission report. 

In addition to a presentation by the authors of the Policy Commission report, the session will also include a response from the EUniWell Chief Student Officer and opportunity for audience members to contribute to a final discussion.     

About the lecturers:

Professor Robin Miller is an applied academic with an international reputation in relation to integration, leadership and community approaches within health and social care. He is the Joint Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Integrated Care and a Senior Fellow of the School for Social Care Research. Robin is the Director of Global Engagement within the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham and the lead for the EUniWell Society & Education work package.  

Dr. Paul Vallance is an EUniWell Research Fellow based in the City-Region Economic and Development Institute (City-REDI) at the University of Birmingham. He is a policy-focused researcher with an interdisciplinary background in the social sciences and expertise in the field of local and regional development. In addition to working on the Policy Commission, he is leading the development of a methodological framework that can be used to reflect on the current and future impact of various EUniWell activities on well-being in the partner universities and regions.   

Liam Walsh is the current Chief Student Officer for EUniWell. In this role, he leads the European Student Board for EUniWell and works directly with Rectors and Vice-Rectors of universities across Europe to improve the well-being of everyone studying and working at the university level. Liam graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2023 with a degree in Geography and served as Chair of the local EUniWell Student Board during his time at Birmingham.

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This lecture is part of the EUniWell Open Lecture Series. Find the full programme here.