Coronavirus information and guidance

Research involving animals

Research involving animals - response to COVID-19

18 August 2020

Due to the current circumstances (Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s roadmap out of lockdown), we are now resuming some of our research activities involving animals.  Only the most essential work is being permitted to begin with; as the Scottish Government announces further easing of lockdown restrictions and plans are finalized on how to continue to open up safely, further research as well as training of new researchers/students will be allowed.  Named Animal Care and Welfare Officers (NACWOs) are working with researchers to produce a careful schedule of when work can take place, with the goal of maximising physical distancing. NACWOs will also be responsible for deciding which activities remain permissible. This response has been considered in consultation with the Home Office and is in line with the approach being taken by other Universities.  Please be assured that additional guidance and processes have been developed to ensure the safety of researchers and technicians, as well as the welfare of the animals.  This message will be updated as further developments occur.

As a part of the University’s ethical review process, all research involving vertebrate and cephalopod species must be critically evaluated for any ethical and welfare issues.

The University’s Animal Welfare and Ethics Review Body (AWERB) is responsible for overseeing, reviewing and approving research involving animals.