The University’s Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) considers all proposals that involve animals in any way – not just those covered by the legislation – and provides ethical advice on standards of animal care, welfare and accommodation.
AWERB membership comprises all stakeholder groups involved in animal research, and includes: a lay, independent chairperson; a Home Office Inspector; all named animal care and welfare officers; the named veterinary surgeon; the named training and competence officer; scientific members; the establishment licence holder; a project licence holder; a personal licence holder; and a lay statistician; among others.
Our skilled and knowledgeable research staff teach and promote best practice – including the principles of replacement, reduction and refinement – to our overseas partners. In addition, we also work closely with other institutions and partners – through organisations such as the NC3Rs – to develop alternative approaches to replace the use of animals in research, and encourage the sharing of best practice and new ideas.
Members of AWERB consider and scrutinise projects on a weekly basis, and the committee meets regularly throughout the year – see their schedule of upcoming meetings below. AWERB reports its activities on a biannual basis to the University Research Ethics Committee, which is overseen by the University Court.