Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) 

The Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) guides all aspects of animal welfare and provides ethical review of all research projects and protocols which involve animals in any way (all non-human vertebrates and invertebrates). 

Research that involves some animals (all non-human vertebrate and cephalopod species) has particular legal requirements. These are defined as ‘protected animals’ by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) which regulates procedures that are carried out on them for scientific or educational purposes that may cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm. It also regulates the breeding and supply of certain species of animals for use in regulated procedures or for the scientific use of their organs or tissues. 

The University has significant legal responsibilities under the terms of its Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 Home Office Establishment Licence and has procedures and processes in place to help ensure these responsibilities are met. Please refer to the Procedures Associated with Animal Experimentation Handbook for further details.

Animal Research at University of Stirling

Ethical approval process for staff and students:

Please complete an AWERB Ethical Approval Form and submit, with any accompanying documentation, to Forms should be completed with appropriate assistance from a Named Animal Care and Welfare Officer (NACWO). Incomplete forms will not be considered.

Committee dates and paper deadlines

Project Licence applications and amendments

Formal Project Licence applications should be submitted to the AWERB using the Home Office Project Licence Application Form. Amendments to existing Project Licences should be submitted to the AWERB using the Home Office Change to a Project Licence Form. Please email completed forms to

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