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University of Exeter Medical School

Research, Innovation, Learning and Development (RILD)

The Research, Innovation, Learning and Development (RILD) building is a health education and research centre based at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital site in Exeter, near to the St Luke’s campus.

Research at RILD

Clinical Research Facility

The state-of-the-art building is a partnership between the Medical School and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E), and is part-funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Wolfson Foundation.

The building enables the medical research process to be streamlined, ensuring clinical science is focussed on where it is most needed within healthcare. Patient studies, laboratory studies and then education of health care professionals of new findings all occur in a single building.

It also provides a forum for students, researchers and clinicians to come together and ensure that medical research is relevant for the needs of the NHS.

RILD liquid nitrogen


Our close partnership with the RD&E means that in many cases, clinicians are directly involved in research and this means our breakthroughs will have direct impact on patients in the South West and across the globe.

The new facility encompasses the Postgraduate Education Centre, the Wellcome Wolfson Medical Research Centre and the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility, which is set up to understand the mechanisms of disease and treatment by studying patients.

In addition, RILD has a strong focus on multi-professional learning and development. Its seminar rooms are used by the Trust’s learning and development team to train managers and a wide range of other non-medical staff.