Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU)

Contact us

Please contact us as early as possible so we can help you plan your research and include the costs of our support in your grant application. PenCTU does not provide funding for research.

If you need help with an existing study, please ensure you have sufficient funds to meet the costs of our support.



+44 1752 439831


Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit
Faculty of Health
University of Plymouth
Room N16
ITTC 1 Building
Plymouth Science Park

Map of Plymouth Science Park

Welcome to the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU) based within the Faculty of Health at the University of Plymouth.

We are a leading academic clinical trials unit with expertise in designing, developing, supporting and co-ordinating high quality, multi-centre clinical trials and other well-designed studies that will directly influence clinical and healthcare practice.

PenCTU is a fully registered clinical trials unit in the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) and currently receives National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) CTU support funding. This funding has been awarded to support the Unit in developing and supporting NIHR trials.

We work in partnership with clinicians, researchers, the NIHR Research Design Service South West, the Clinical Research Network and other partners from across the South West Peninsula and beyond, starting with the funding application, to deliver the full spectrum of clinical trial expertise to applicable standards and regulations.

PenCTU has considerable experience in drug trials, other non-drug interventional trials, trials of complex interventions, pilot trials and feasibility studies, across a broad range of clinical and health-related areas. 

If you are interested in working with us, please approach us at the earliest opportunity.

Trial design and methodology

Trial delivery

  • Centralised operational team.
  • Highly experienced trial managers.
  • Project management from study set-up to close-out.
  • Expertise in meeting regulatory and best practice standards.

Trial data management

  • Centralised team of systems developers and data managers.
  • Electronic and paper-based data capture.
  • Bespoke web-based randomisation and trial management systems.
  • Robust data processing and storage procedures.

Quality management

  • Suite of Standard
  • Operating Procedures
  • Established work instructions and templates
  • Risk assessments
  • Risk-based monitoring plans

Recent publications
Study portfolio

We have experience in Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs)  as well as trials and other well designed studies not involving investigational medicinal products.

Video and audio
Study findings for trial participants