Animal Ethics

Statement on the Use of Animals at Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University is committed to supporting the best quality scientific research in terms of ethics, conduct and impact.  It strongly supports the intention of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (ASPA) 1986, as modified by EU Directive 2010/63/EU, which, under supervision by the Animals in Science Regulations Unit Division of the Home Office, rigorously controls experimental work involving animals.  As part of our commitment, we fully endorse the ARRIVE guidelines produced by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) which focus on improving the design and reporting of animal studies.  Each research project involving animals, whether covered by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 or not, is subject to an ethical review process by the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) which includes lay members, external members and representatives from across the University.

Procedure for staff and students

Before submission to a sponsor’s grant application system, all research proposals involving the use of animals must be submitted to the University’s ‘Home Office Named Information Officer’ (contact details below) to check compliance under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

  • Staff and Postgraduate students should ensure that they are in receipt of the appropriate Home Office Licence for all regulated procedures involving the use of animals. In most circumstances, postgraduate research is usually satisfied through the project licence of their supervisor. However, this should be confirmed prior to the commencement of any research. 
  • Research that falls outside of the scope of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act should still be subject to the ethical review process as laid out by the Aberystwyth University Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Board. Please direct any queries to the contact below.
  • Undergraduate students should complete a short form, in conjunction with their supervisor, which should be returned to the contact below. 
  • Please note that any research that isn't solely animal based (i.e. if you are distributing surveys), you should complete an Online Assessment Form in addition to any relevant approval procedure(s) above. Any queries relating to this process can be directed to 


Further information can be found here: Experimental Work Involving Animals at Aberystwyth University

Further information on Research Ethics for Aberystwyth University Researchers can be found here.


Diane Jones
Home Office Named Information Officer 

IBERS, Aberystwyth University,
Room 3.33, Edward Llwyd Building,
Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion, Wales UK    SY23 3FG


Tel:  01970 621690

Web links:  (See ‘Centre-led programmes’)