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Who We Are

The UKCRC Registered CTU Network is a network of Clinical Trials Units that have been assessed against key criteria by an independent international panel of experts in clinical trials research. The Network consists of CTU members from across the UK.


Our Vision

Our vision is for Registered Clinical Trials Units to be world leaders in high-quality clinical trial design and conduct.


Our Mission

The UKCRC Registered CTU Network promotes academic trials units and, through its activities, provides its members with information, guidance, and representation in support of the conduct of high-quality, effective, efficient, and sustainable clinical trials research.


Our Aims

  • Develop and share best practice across our members
  • Improve the promotion of Registered Clinical Trials Units
  • Be a strong voice for Registered Clinical Trials Units


Our Strategy

The Network's 2019 - 2024 strategy has been developed in discussion with our Executive Group, funder representatives, CTU Directors and other key stakeholders.  It is supported by an annual Work Programme against which progress towards the key aims is monitored.

For more information on our strategy, or details on how you can work with us, please contact the Secretariat.


The Network Structure

The Executive Group provides oversight, governance, and accountability to the Network and consists of representatives from regulatory and funder agencies, CTU Directors, Government Research bodies, and a range of stakeholders including:

  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Health & Social Care Research Wales
  • Versus Arthritis
  • UK Trial Manager’s Network
  • MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership
  • Chief Scientist Office, Scotland

The Operations Groups represent individual professional disciplines within non-commercial CTUs. They provide opportunities for professional development through peer-to-peer support, networking events, the creation of training and guidance materials and sharing learning and best practice.

Our Task and Finish Groups are time-limited and lead topical work programmes relating to efficient trial conduct, good research practice, quality standards, and the capacity and sustainability of non-commercial CTUs. 

The Secretariat works with the Executive, the sub-groups, member CTUs and other stakeholders in order to support the delivery of the Network's core aims.


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