Insights Forum

Welcome to Insights Forum - a community of young people who share their views with policy makers on key issues that affect you and help shape how the Bank communicates. Insights Forum is part of the Bank’s wider public engagement programme.

Background and purpose

The Bank of England is committed to fostering inclusivity and understanding among all demographics, including younger audiences. So, the Insights Forum was established to gather the views of young people aged 18 to 30 on the Bank of England’s communications and on key issues that affect the public. This forum is part of the Bank’s wider public engagement programme.

This research panel represents a valuable opportunity for young people to have their say about jobs, pay and the cost of living. We’d like to know about your experiences of the housing market and how easy you find it to borrow and save money. Taking part means you can put your views directly to people who make decisions that affect you. By gathering the insights and perspectives of the youth demographic, the Bank of England can gain understanding, trust, and collaboration with future generations.

Who we are

  • We’re a public body but we’re independent from the Government. 
  • We’re the UK’s central bank. Our job is to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability. 
  • We manage interest rates in order to influence inflation – the rate at which prices rise – and make sure that the financial system (including banks and building societies) function properly. We also issue banknotes and run the system that allows electronic payments to take place.
  • Find out more about who we are and what we do.

Why get involved

What we do affects everyone. We’ve set up the Insights Forum so we can listen directly to you. 

Taking part means you can put your views directly to people who make decisions that affect you.


  • To provide a platform for young people to contribute their perspectives on economic policies and the Bank’s communications.
  • To enhance understanding of the needs, preferences, and concerns of young people on issues such as monetary policy, financial stability, and the way the Bank of England communicates.
  • To offer recommendations for improving the effectiveness of the Bank of England’s policies and communications when engaging with the younger audience demographic.


The forum will consist of individuals aged 18 to 30, representing diverse backgrounds, including students, professionals, and community leaders.

The forum will be chaired by a representative from the Bank of England, who will facilitate discussions and ensure the objectives are met.

Resources will be provided to facilitate insight gathering and informed discussions. 


  • Participate actively in panel discussions, sharing personal experiences, insights, and perspectives on relevant topics.
  • Provide feedback on the Bank of England’s policies, initiatives, and communications materials.
  • Collaborate with the Bank of England’s officials and researchers to identify areas for improvement and innovation in policies and communications strategies.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive information discussed during panel meetings.

Meetings and duration

Subject to research needs, members of the forum will be invited to meet on an ad hoc basis to take part in either qualitative or quantitative research. These surveys can last between 30 minutes to two hours. Sufficient information will be provided when each invite is sent out.


The effectiveness of Insights Forum will be periodically evaluated based on the quality of insights generated, the impact of recommendations, and the level of engagement from forum members.

Insights forum members will be asked to identify areas where they can improve the panel’s structure and processes. 

How to apply

Anyone aged 18 to 30 and living in the UK can sign up. We want our research panels to be as representative as possible. If events are oversubscribed, we’ll select a diverse range of people from all applicants.

Apply to take part

  • Information we collect

    By completing this application form for Insights Forums ('Forums'), the Bank of England ('we' or the 'Bank') collects personal data about you. This information includes contact details, varied demographic information and your opinions about the economy and the way the Bank communicates.

    Why we need your personal data

    We collect your personal data to evaluate public understanding of the UK economy and the Bank’s communications strategies.

    We also use your data to track how representative of the UK population our membership is.

    This is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority of the Bank.

    To the extent to which you provide us with any special categories of personal data, including diversity information, our basis for processing this data is that it is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest.

    Your opinions may also influence how we conduct the Bank’s mission as relevant to the Bank’s policy, analytical, operational, and supervisory work.

    What we do with your personal data

    Insights Forum application

    We use the information to develop our community, our events and track how representative we are of the UK population.

    We use a third-party provider, Microsoft Forms, which stores data in the EU, to provide the online registration form and online survey tool. For more information about Microsoft Forms' security practices and privacy policy visit Microsoft's privacy statement.

    We use a third-party e-communication platform called E-shot (hosted by a company called Forfront) which allows us to deliver accessible, e-marketing. E-shot, managed by Forfront, store their data in UK based servers. For more information about E-shot’s security practices and privacy policy visit E-shot’s Privacy statement.

    Insights Forum research events

    If selected to attend one of our research events, we will use your personal data to co-ordinate your attendance and for event management.

    You will be required to show or bring proof of identity, such as a passport or driver’s licence, to ensure access is granted to the correct people.

    Appropriate security checks may be carried out as deemed necessary by the Bank.

    Your rights

    You have a number of rights under data protection laws. For example, you have the right to ask us for a copy of the personal data the Bank holds about you. This is known as a ‘Subject Access Request’. You can ask us to change how we process or deal with your personal data, and you may also have the right in some circumstances to have your personal data amended or deleted. To find out more about those rights, to make a complaint, or to contact our Data Protection Officer, please visit our privacy page. You can request that we no longer use your personal data, by email at or writing to us at the address below:

    Outreach, Communications, TS-M
    Bank of England
    Threadneedle Street
    London EC2R 8AH

This page was last updated 22 May 2024