The Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) guides all aspects of animal welfare at the University of Stirling and provides ethical review for research projects and protocols which involve animals in any way (all non-human vertebrates and invertebrates).
As a signatory to The Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, the University of Stirling is committed to enhancing our communications with the media and the public about our research using animals. We make the outputs of research publicly accessible through our open access online research repository, STORRE, and our research policies are also publicly available and subject to (at least) annual review.
The University of Stirling is one of the world’s leading centres of aquaculture research, focusing on:
As well as aquaculture research, our Faculty of Natural Sciences carries out observational animal studies investigating declining bee populations and animal behaviour.
The University of Stirling supports the use of animals in research where no alternative is available. Our researchers are committed to considering the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) in the design of any study, ensuring that the number of animals used is minimised, and that procedures and care routines are refined to maximise welfare. When publishing results of animal studies researchers you must do so in accordance with the NC3Rs’ ARRIVE Guidelines.
Our ethical review process considers all proposals that involve using animals. It includes lay representation, an independent chairperson and provides ethical advice on standards of animal care, welfare and accommodation.
The AWERB panel meets regularly throughout the year to consider ethical approval applications. See their schedule of upcoming meetings and submission deadlines below.
|Applications due||Meeting date||Time|
|16 Mar 2018||23 Mar 2018||10:00 – 12:00|
|15 Jun 2018||22 Jun 2018||10:00 – 12:00|
|14 Sep 2018||21 Sep 2018||10:00 – 12:00|
|30 Nov 2018||7 Dec 2018||10:00 – 12:00|
Get in touch with the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body.