Population Health Research Facility

Population Health Research Facility


The Population Health Research Facility (PHRF) offers expert, tailored support to researchers working within community settings. We provide practical help with every aspect of a study, from the initial funding application through project set-up and management, to final archiving.

We’ve been making a significant contribution to randomised controlled trials of complex interventions and epidemiological studies within community settings for over 30 years, and now support these and other study types across the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, the University of Glasgow, and beyond.


Key Services

Methodological and Design Advice
Provided in collaboration with experts from SPHSU’s Complexity in Health Improvement programme.

Project and Trial Management

  • Detailed project management from planning through to completion.
  • Risk and quality management.
  • Day to day project management, protocol and regulation compliance.
  • Support with REC and NHS R&D applications
  • Budget oversight
  • Training

Data Management

  • Qualitative and quantitative data entry.
  • Quality control governed by the Unit’s Standard Operating Procedures, ensuring excellent quality datasets.
  • Data transfer and liaison with external data entry companies.
  • Database development, both in-house and in collaboration with the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics

Study Materials Design
Trained in the use of Plain English, our study materials designer can design, edit and format your study questionnaires, participant information sheets, consent forms, infographics, logos, leaflets and advertisements, and arrange and manage all your print requirements.  

Fieldwork and Operations Management

  • Oversight of all project fieldwork operations, training and other day to day activities, provided by our experienced Operations Manager.
  • A flexible workforce of 45 active fieldworkers and nurses trained in the use of data collection tools, including anthropometrics, clinical measures, questionnaires and accelerometry. Our fieldworkers will support your research in the field by identifying and recruiting participants, completing data collection visits, and ensuring excellent follow-up rates.


  • Equipment hire
  • Governance
  • SOPs
  • Internal audit
  • Lone worker training

To talk about how we can help with your research study, please get in touch with Sharon Simpson or Marcela Gavigan via our Contact page to your left.


If you’re taking part in one of our studies and would like to find out more, or tell us about a change of contact details, please send an email to survadmin@sphsu.mrc.ac.uk or call our FREEPHONE number 0800 389 2129.

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit