Animal Research

Research involving Use of Animals

The University is committed to avoiding the use of animals in research unless absolutely necessary. It is fully committed to the widespread promotion and implementation of of the 3Rs (Reduction, Refinement and Replacement) and is a signatory to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research.  

Research undertaken at the University which involves the use of animals is fully compliant with the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (Amended 2012) and the assiciated Code of Practice for accommodation and care of animals.  

The University has an Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) which:

  • considers and monitors all projects which involve interventions at the University with live animals*;
  • considers proposals for field-based studies undertaken by University staff and students which involve interventions with live animals*.

The AWERB may be contacted via

(*=As defined by ASPA 2012)

All other work involving live animals should be referred to the College Research Ethics & Governance Committees.


Further information on the University's work with animals can be found at:

The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR)

The Swansea Lab for Animal Movement - Animal Ecology and Behaviour