Animal research at the University of Stirling

At the University of Stirling, we aim to be recognised across the world as a university that addresses the needs of society through innovative, interdisciplinary research. We are proud that our work is already making a positive impact on people’s health, education and wellbeing.

As part of every research project we undertake, we ensure the highest possible care and ethical standards, promoting a culture of best practice. Demonstrating our integrity is important and is achieved through the core values of honesty, rigour, open communication, care and respect. A small proportion of the University’s research involves the use of animals – mainly finfish – and we only use animals when no suitable alternative is available.

Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body

The University’s Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) reviews, guides and governs all research involving animals and ensures compliance with the UK Government’s Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (revised 2013). The University conducts research with one group of animals (fish) protected under this legislation. This research, led by our world-leading Institute of Aquaculture, is vital in our quest to tackle major global problems of food security, and social and environmental sustainability.

As a signatory to The Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, the University is committed to informing and enhancing the public’s understanding of animal research. In line with best practice guidelines, we publish the number of regulated procedures involving animals (fish), conducted by the University, on an annual basis.

Please find more information on our research involving animals via the links below.

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