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.


We provide:

  • Methodological and Design Advice, provided in collaboration with experts from our Complexity in Health Improvement programme
  • Project and Trial Management, including detailed project management, risk and quality management, protocol and regulation compliance, support with REC and NHS R&D applications, budget oversight and training
  • Data Management, qualitative and quantitative data entry, quality control governed by the Unit’s Standard Operating Procedures, data transfer and liaison with external data entry companies and database development, both in-house and in collaboration with the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics
  • Study Materials Design, design, editing and formatting study questionnaires, participant information sheets, consent forms, infographics, logos, leaflets and advertisements, and managing printing
  • Fieldwork and Operations Management, oversight of all project fieldwork operations, training and other day to day activities, provided by our experienced Operations Manage
  • Equipment hire, governance, SOPs, internal audit, lone worker training and more.

Our flexible workforce of 45 active fieldworkers and nurses are 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.

To talk about how we can help with your research study, please get in touch with Sharon Simpson or Marcela Gavigan.

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.