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York Trials Unit

At the York Trials Unit we understand the key importance of high quality, scientifically rigorous, randomised controlled trials. Established in 1995 and based within the Department of Health Sciences, we provide support for trials external to the Unit and academic leadership for rigorous trial design, from a single service, such as telephone randomization, through to all aspects of trial management via our team of Research Fellows and support staff.

Undertaking experimental research, as well as observational and epidemiological studies, in collaboration with the York Trials Methods Group we also support and collaborate in the trials in education, criminal justice and psychology.

Clinical and non-clinical trials

The York Trial Unit's services include:

  • Trial co-ordination
  • Telephone and online randomization
  • Study design
  • Data management
  • Statistical support
  • Economic evaluation
  • Measurement of quality of life
  • Regular courses on trial design and analysis


The York Trials Unit works in partnership with:

  • The British Heart Foundation
  • The Department of Health
  • The National Health Service (NHS)
  • Alcohol Education and Research Council (AERC)
  • Wellcome
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Arthritis Research campaign
  • Wellbeing

Local collaborators

  • Hull York Medical School
  • York District Hospital
  • Centre for Health Economics

The Seebohm Rowntree Building covers 5271 square metres and houses over 200 staff

Find out more

The York Trials Unit website provides additional information about:

  • research trials within the unit
  • members of staff
  • publications