Page 1: About this Research

This research is being conducted by young people volunteering for the National Youth Agency's Young Researcher Network. 

We aim to explore the impact of online learning on mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 16-21.

About the study

This study aims to find out how online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health and well-being of young people aged 16-21. The research will aim to provide a more holistic understanding of learning experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic and we wish to collate data and hear specifically from the young people who have been attending schools, colleges and universities during this time. We also wish to better understand and advise how funding and planning may improve/change learning experiences in the future, with a specific focus on online learning.

Some questions you may have about the research project:

Why have you asked me to take part and what will I be required to do?

In this survey we are aiming to answer the following questions: How has online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic affected the mental health and wellbeing of young people ages 16-19 years old? How can funding and planning improve online learning experiences for young people in the future? As a young person you will have the answer to these questions. This will be an online survey, requiring 5-10 minutes one time only. You will also have an option at the end to send us any additional information you like.

What if I do not wish to take part or change my mind during the study?

Your participation in the study is entirely voluntary. You are free to withdraw from the study at any time without having to provide a reason for doing so. All you need to do is exit the survey webpage. if you have completed the survey and then decide to withdraw you can do so by contacting

What happens to the research data?

The data received from our survey will be completely anonymised meaning your name will not appear and you will not be identified. The raw data will only be able to be accessed by the researched and the results that are published will also be anonymous.

How will the research be reported?

The results of the research will be shared via the National Youth Agency organisation and various other social media sources. Within the survey there is an option to receive the final report and insert your email. If you wish to be sent this please tick this box. If you do input your email, this will only be viewed by the researchers for sharing the final reports or being entered into the prize draw - It will not impact your answers and any answers given will remain confidential.

How can I find out more information?

If you wish to receive more information please contact the Young Researcher Network for more information. The contact email for this is

What if I want to complain about the research

Initially you should contact the researchers directly at


From what you have read above, please confirm your answers to these questions:

1.1. If you are 16, can you confirm your parents or guardians know you are taking part in this survey? Required
2.2. Do you understand what this research is about from the information above? Required
3.3. Do you feel you have enough information to be able to take part? Required
4.4. Do you understand you can withdraw from this research at any time? Required
5.5. Do you understand you will not be named or identified in the research? Required