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Surrey Clinical Trials Unit

Surrey Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) is an academic trials unit that has the experience, expertise and infrastructure to develop, organise and manage high-quality, multi-centre, randomised controlled trials (including trials of investigational medicinal products) of national and international importance. 

What we do

Surrey CTU has proven expertise in trial design and management in disease areas such as 

  • Cancer
  • Gastroenterology
  • Palliative care
  • Endocrinology.

We support trials at all phases from first in human (FIH) through to large-scale pragmatic trials, as well as trials of complex interventions, including in digital health and underpinned by artificial intelligence.

Surrey CTU is located in the Clinical Research Building, home to a number of synergistic units committed to excellence in clinical research and digital health innovation. Surrey CTU works closely with the Surrey Hub of the NIHR Research Design Service South East (RDS SE) and Surrey Health Economics Centre (SHEC) to offer support and advice on funding applications and all aspects of study design and methodology, including health economic evaluation and trial management and delivery. 


We work with clinical academics across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex region to design, co-ordinate, manage and disseminate UK and Europe-wide multi-centre, interventional clinical trials.

Meet the team

Professor Simon Skene

Professor of Medical Statistics and Director of Surrey Clinical Trials Unit

Simon Skene is Professor of Medical Statistics at the University of Surrey and Director of Surrey Clinical Trials Unit.  Simon has over 20 years’ experience as a medical statistician in teaching and research, including the design and analysis of studies investigating medicinal products, advanced therapies, diagnostic accuracy and surgery. His PhD focused on the an...

Dr Agnieszka Michael

Associate Professor in Oncology , Consultant Medical Oncologist, Medical Director of Surrey CTU

Dr Agnieszka Michael MRCP PhD is an Associate Professor in Oncology. She joined University of Surrey in 2008 and at the same time was appointed a medical oncology consultant at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust. She has a research  interest in ovarian and urological cancers as well as immunotherapy trials. Dr Michael qualified in medicine at University of Wroclaw and un...