Clinical Trials and Research Governance team (CTRG)

CTRG supports clinical researchers by facilitating research compliance through advice, support, guidance and training.

Please contact CTRG as early as possible when planning a clinical research project. Direct all enquiries to Karl Shepherd at in the first instance.

CTRG's role

  • review and authorise sponsorship of clinical research when it involves: NHS patients, resources, staff, data or facilities; tissue samples that will be collected and/or stored; administration of a drug, herbal remedy or food product
  • record, facilitate and oversee clinical research carried out within the University and ensure that the University is compliant with relevant legislation and regulations
  • reduce and manage exposure to risk by advising on insurance
  • work with University researchers and associated NHS trusts to enable high quality design and conduct of clinical research
  • guide researchers in writing protocols, participant information sheets and informed consent forms prior to research ethics committee, MHRA and NHS approval submissions
  • provide training and guidance in Good Clinical Practice and research governance
  • monitor and/or audit clinical research sponsored/hosted by the University
  • co-ordinate safety reporting and facilitate the University/OUH NHS Trust Trial Safety Group

Head of team

Heather House


Joint Research Office
1 st floor, Boundary Brook House
Churchill Drive, Headington
Oxford OX3 7GB