Herts YPAG

Who are we?

  • We’re a group of children and young people aged 10-18 who live in Hertfordshire.
  • We learn about research and work with researchers to help them plan and do research about children and young people’s health, care, family lives and the communities we live in.
  • We meet about every 6-8 weeks in the evenings after school/college (online) or on Saturdays at the University of Hertfordshire.
  • We also have fun and eat pizza 🍕(when we meet in person!)


⭐Interested in joining Herts YPAG? We’re currently looking for new members: https://generationr.org.uk/joinhertsypag/

You can contact us at: ypag@herts.ac.uk. We’re also on Twitter/X and Instagram @HertsYPAG


The team

Louca-Mai Brady (group facilitator) Millie Barnes

 Julia Jones Rebecca O’Connell Sonya Prime


What we do

In our meetings researchers from the university and other organizations come to work with the group, where we do things like:

  • Comment on research ideas and their relevance to children and young people’s experiences and lives
  • Review project documents and advise on how to make them young people-friendly
  • Test out research methods
  • Feed back on emerging findings/initial analysis
  • Help develop research summaries and other reporting and dissemination
  • Test websites and apps
  • Help plan how best to involve children and young people in research projects

We have worked with lots of different researchers including projects on mental health, food and drink, the ways your environment and where you live can shape who you are, dealing with loss and bereavement, and work with the NIHR Bioresource and Genomics England.

As well as giving researchers advice on how to make their research children and young people-friendly, in our meetings we also:

  • Learn about how research is done and different research topics
  • Share ideas about what we think should be researched
  • Get involved in doing research
  • Write blog posts and publications and present at conferences
  • Have fun!

Researchers - get in touch!

‘I found it really helpful to speak with the YPAG right at the start of developing a research proposal. They handled a sensitive subject very well, and provided some useful insights into how young people seek support, which I will build into my work.’

If you’re a researcher interested in working with the group:

  • Contact us to discuss your project and how the group could be involved at ypag@herts.ac.uk or by filling in this web form.
  • We will then send you more information and work with you to plan and deliver your session(s)
  • After the meeting you will be asked to give feedback on how working with the YPAG has informed your research. This is really important as it demonstrates the impact of young people’s role in the design and delivery of research.

Latest from Hertfordshire YPAG

Filming, Food & Further Research, by Toby

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Research, frozen food and planning a film! – By Cherish

The first Herts YPAG meeting of the year took place online on Wednesday 24th January. The meeting started off with an icebreaker in order to get things going – a game of “I spy”, spotting things in each others’ online background. Whoever guessed the object first got to be the next ‘spy’. It was interesting, […]

School food and Santa: a great end to 2023 for Herts YPAG ⛄

This post is about the last two YPAG meetings of 2023. The first was an online meeting we had in November and the second was an in-person meeting and Christmas party in December 🥳 November online meeting We started our online meeting off by playing an icebreaker where we all had to find one food […]