The Stir3Rs group promotes the 3Rs and humane animal research at the University of Stirling. The group is aligned to the Faculty of Natural Sciences and AWERB, but is open to all students and staff who are involved in research using animals, including those conducting non-regulated, behaviour or welfare research.

The 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) are the principles of humane animal and have been embedded in national and international legislation. The benefits of applying the 3Rs go beyond ethical obligations, and can lead to more efficient and higher quality research, improved experimental design and higher quality data outcomes. As these benefits apply to all animal research, the group is open to researchers conducting any type of research which involves animals.

Stir3Rs supports researchers by improving access to information and resources on improving the quality of animal research, access to funding opportunities and fostering cooperation between research groups. The group also supports and disseminates 3Rs advances made by Stirling researchers to raise the profile of high quality research.

We have a regular lunchtime seminar series during semester, with both internal and external speakers.

There will be an annual poster competition held at the end of spring semester, open to all staff and students, which rewards advances in the 3Rs. The first prize is kindly sponsored by NC3Rs.


Stir 3Rs Contact

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You can find out more about the group by emailing

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