Animal research

Ethical review

All animal research at the University is overseen by an Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB)

All animal research at the University is overseen by an Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB).

These committees are made up of researchers and animal care staff, as well as veterinary surgeons directly involved in animal research. They include lay representation from outside the University and from non-scientists within the University.

An AWERB is required to be in place by law and has a wide range of responsibilities. AWERBs encourage the 3Rs, promote best practice and oversee animal welfare, care and accommodation.

In addition they undertake ethical review of Project Licence applications, assessing the justification for the proposed work and advising on refinements that can be made. They are responsibile for ensuring appropriate staffing levels are maintained, along with appropriate training for all staff.

Home Office Guidance on the Operation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986