What is STU?

STU is the Swansea Trials Unit – the Clinical Trials Unit in Swansea. We work closely with researchers from Swansea and other Universities, and the NHS across South West Wales and beyond. In partnership with these collaborators we run or have run nearly 40 trials valued at more than £20 million.

STU offer methodological advice and support to clinical teams, both in designing new trials and in applying for grants. After successful applications we work within trial teams to develop, initiate, conduct, manage, analyse and report funded studies.

Thus we aim to improve the health of the people of Wales and beyond by enhancing the number, progress and quality of trials in health & social care, with particular reference to secondary and emergency care, notably in gastroenterology and mental health.

Man in Lab

What does STU do?

  • Supports a regional trials network committed to scientific rigour, practical relevance and inter-disciplinary collaboration across the range of research methods.
  • Provides a research design service and regular training courses to build capacity in clinical trials; offers advice in and support for design, regulation, recruitment, data collection, qualitative approaches, management and analysis.
  • Works with Health and Care Research Wales and units and similar collaborations, especially in research development groups, to design, fund, conduct, analyse, report and synthesise clinical trials, and supports implementation of their findings.
  • Contributes technical expertise to the formal research partnership between the University and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABM UHB) which serves a population of over 500,000.
  • Maintains a portfolio of standard operating procedures for the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of clinical trials.
  • Undertakes research to address methodological issues in clinical trials.


 As part of the Medical School, STU works in collaboration with three Health Boards across South West Wales:

  • Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board with headquarters in Swansea
  • Hywel Dda University Health Board (HDd UHB) with headquarters in Carmarthen
  • Cardiff & Vale University Health Board (CV UHB) with headquarters in Cardiff.

STU forms part of ‘Patient & Population Health and Informatics’ (PPHI), one of the four major research themes of the Medical School. PPHI is a multidisciplinary research centre conducting research in health informatics, health care and population health studies.

The Clinical Trials Unit is based in ILS2, the second phase of the Institute of Life Science at Swansea University, and works closely with the Medical School’s health informatics community, soon to acquire its own purpose-built building alongside ILS.

ILS 2 reception