Imperial College London Young Persons’ Advisory Network

Imperial YPAN

The Imperial Young Persons’ Advisory Network (YPAN) has been set up as a collaboration between the Imperial Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC), the Imperial Institute of Global Health Innovation and the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit.

It is open to young people between the age of 17-25 years old who are interested in influencing, and learning more about, research which is relevant to young people. The group is currently made up of approximately 70 young people with an interest in health research.

What we do

  • Being involved in focus groups in which you can share your opinions on specific topics relevant to young people to shape new and ongoing research
  • Helping design resources and tools (e.g., flyers, apps) for young people
  • Helping researchers write reports on specific health issues relevant to young people and ensuring research findings are easy to understand and reach a wide audience
  • Working as part of an advisory group where you will oversee and advise on a specific research project
  • Helping researchers to interpret findings from their research study from the perspective of young people
  • Being trained to carry out research yourself, for example observing a healthcare setting or carrying out interviews.

What are the benefits of being part of the YPAN?

  • Improve and learn about research that is relevant to young people
  • Build skills and experience for your future through training opportunities
  • Have direct contact with researchers across Imperial College London
  • Share your ideas and opinions in a supportive environment
  • Meeting and working with other fun young people between the ages of 17-25 years old
  • Receive voucher or payment for your contributions

Get involved

When are the meetings held?

Currently, most YPAN activity is happening remotely, through online meetings and email. We hope that in the future we will be able to return to face-to-face meetings in London.

Involvement in the YPAN is also completely flexible so you can choose which activities or projects you want to get involved in based on your own schedule.

How do I get involved?

If you are a young person looking to get involved in the YPAN you can express your interest by completing this brief sign-up form. A member of the team will then review your application and get in touch with further information.

If you have any other queries, or would like further information about the Imperial YPAN you can get in touch with Katherine Baker (YPAN coordinator) via

Meet the team

Katherine Baker

Katherine Baker (Public Involvement Officer)


Find out more about our YPAN, including responses to frequently asked questions, on our webpage.

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