Coronavirus information and guidance

Research involving animals

Research involving animals - response to COVID-19

23 March 2020

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the amount of research involving animals being conducted within the University will be significantly scaled back; only essential research involving animals that has already begun will be allowed to continue and no new projects will be permitted. Named Animal Care and Welfare Officers (NACWOs) will work with researchers to produce a careful schedule of when work can take place, with the goal of avoiding physical contact between and amongst staff and researchers. 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 staff are working very hard to develop additional guidance and processes as rapidly as possible and that these pages will be updated over the coming days and weeks. This is an unprecedented time for everyone so please bear with us.

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.