Coronavirus information and guidance

Research involving animals

Research involving animals - response to Covid-19

16 December 2020

During the ongoing pandemic, we have been resuming some of our research activities involving animals, as restrictions permit. Named Animal Care and Welfare Officers (NACWOs) work with researchers to produce a careful schedule of when work can take place, with the goal of maximising physical distancing. NACWOs remain 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.  

The University’s Animal Welfare and Ethics Review Body (AWERB) is responsible for overseeing, reviewing and approving research involving animals.  It aims to develop a culture of care. 

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.

In addition, there is training available in Animal Ethics, Application and Review