About the Hub

The NYA Research Hub (The Hub) is interested in the key issues and challenges around youth work practice. By bringing together youth work and academic researchers, whether formal or informal, we seek to improve the understanding of how youth work makes a difference to young people, their communities and society as a whole.

The ultimate aim is to ensure that youth work practice ‘on the ground’ feeds in to research and vice versa, with the results helping to better inform practice, policy and sector development. We will translate the best of research and practice from across the country into easily understandable formats to support practice.


Research Hub Members

Ultimately we hope that good research can inform the needs of practitioners, funders and policy makers; and that the good research is informed by their needs also. Another key aim is to bridge the gap between practice and academia by making academic works more accessible and understandable to those who would benefit from the findings.

Given this broad aim, the Group is made up of representation across those sectors, with practitioners also helping to provide a youth voice.

The list of members is as follows:

Funding Bodies

Co-Op Foundation

National Lottery Heritage Fund



Sheffield Futures (Louise Ellison – Deputy Service Manager)

Fire Fit Hub (Jennifer Van de Merwe – Centre Manager)



Tania de St. Croix (King’s College London)

Tina Salter (YMCA George Williams)


Policy Representatives



Research Organisations

Centre for Youth Impact (Bethia McNeil – CEO)


Oversight of the Hub


The Professional Association for Lecturers in Youth and Community Work (PALCYW)

To help sense-check, scrutinise and assure the work of the Steering Group we are also delighted to announce a Reference Group of:

Bernard Davies
Howard Williamson
Kaz Stuart

The combined knowledge of all members will be invaluable in helping the Hub achieve its aims.


You can read our Terms of Reference below:



If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact research@nya.org.uk


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