EUniWell Policy Commission: Young People and the COVID-19 Pandemic launches call for evidence

28/01/2022 | by University of Birmingham | Birmingham Corona Participation

The EUniWell Policy Commission has launched a call for evidence to explore and understand the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on different groups of young people (15–24-year-olds). Bringing leading figures from the public, private and third sectors together with EUniWell academics, the Policy Commission will consider evidence from a broad range of sources and produce policy recommendations relating to young people and post COVID-19 recovery.

The photo shows a group of young people wearing medical masks alongside everyday clothes. They are walking towards the camera on a paved path, with autumnal trees to the right and left along the way.

Covid has arguably hit young people hardest, disrupting their learning and entry into working life, and effecting their mental health, well-being and future life chances. Image source: University of Birmingham.

Covid has arguably hit young people hardest, disrupting their learning and entry into working life, and effecting their mental health, well-being and future life chances. These effects have in turn had an unequal impact on different groups of young people across society. In support of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan the Policy Commission recognises our shared responsibility to ensure that young people across these different groups have equal opportunities in education, training and the labour market as part of the post-pandemic recovery.

Call for evidence

The call for evidence is open to those with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience in this area. We welcome contributions from academic and professional services colleagues from across the EUniWell partner universities, and from organisations that work with young people.

We are keen to receive a broad range of contributions which will help us understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people’s mental well-being, progression in education, work, and ability to plan their future careers and lives. We are especially interested in evidence of uneven effects on different groups of young people along lines of socio-economic background, gender, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

Examples of evidence include, but are not limited to:

  • Published and emerging research in relevant fields
  • Data relating to educational attainment, mental health, labour market opportunities, career planning of young people in relation to the pandemic
  • Examples of stories, experiences, and new ways of working in relation to the impact of the pandemic on young people
  • Policy responses within organisations supporting young people throughout the pandemic

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2022. The full call for evidence document and link to online portal can be downloaded here:

EUniWell Policy Commission Call for Evidence

For any questions about the call for evidence, please contact Paul Vallance, EUniWell Research Fellow p.vallance[at]bham.ac.uk

 


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