Welsh Government

South East Wales Trials Unit


Michael Robling, Cardiff University
02920 687177

Professor Monica Busse
02920 687559


The South East Wales Trials Unit (SEWTU) is based in the Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University.

The Trials Unit has a mission to:

  • Improve the number and quality of trials (and other well designed studies) in health and social care led by Welsh based investigators
  • Co-ordinate multi-centre trials (and other well designed studies) across Wales, the UK and beyond;
  • Develop portfolios of expertise which are recognised both nationally and internationally
  • Enhance collaborative working within the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure and beyond
  • Provide support and advice to staff working in health and social care within the Cardiff & Vale, Aneurin Bevan and Cwm Taf University Health Board areas to develop high-quality research proposals

The Trials Unit also has responsibility for delivering a Research Design and Conduct Service within the Cardiff and Vale, Cwm Taf and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board areas.

The Trials Unit will:

  • Maintain an international reputation established in infections, behaviour change and children & young people, to continue to develop devices research to gain an international reputation and to establish a portfolio of research in the older person
  • Develop its methodological portfolio with a particular focus on efficient trial design and individualising of interventions
  • Ensure patient and public involvement is appropriately embedded in all research and to provide community engagement and understanding of science more broadly
  • Build successful partnerships with other parts of the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure and with the NHS and social care across South East Wales and beyond
  • Develop processes and systems to ensure that data and samples collected through prospective studies are available for future research


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