Concordat On Openness

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In May 2014, 72 signatories including the University of Leicester signed a Declaration on Openness on Animal Research. The University was one of 40 organisations who committed to develop a Concordat setting out how they would be more open about the ways in which animals are used in scientific, medical and veterinary research in the UK.

To date, 122 UK organisations have signed the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research and the University continues to engage with UAR to develop their openness in meeting the Commitments:

Commitment 1: We will be clear about when, how and why we use animals in research

Commitment 2: We will enhance our communications with the media and the public about our research using animals

Commitment 3: We will be proactive in providing opportunities for the public to find out about research using animals

Commitment 4: We will report on progress annually and share our experiences

Awards presented to the University on their Openness

Leaders in Openness Award 2019 - 2022 awarded to the University of Leicester

Leaders in Openness are those organisations who commit considerable resource and energy to following best practice, embedding openness within their organisations, and making the aims of the Concordat a reality. Visit the University of Leicester website for further information.

Research Communications wins national award (2016)

The University of Leicester won its fourth award for communicating animal research in December 2016. The judging committee selected examples of best practice that they felt were appropriate to a range of audiences, and which had a component that was original or truly leading in terms of institutional practice. Visit the University of Leicester website for further information.

2015 Openness Award for animal research

The University of Leicester received the winning prize for leading an enormous culture change in openness with far-reaching impacts.  The aware was presented at the 79th Paget Lecture and Second Annual Openness Awards 2015.  Visit the UAR website for further information. 


The University received congratulations on allowing a BBC Radio 4 presenter to have a tour of their facility and for taking part in the programme.   To quote "you succeeded in communicating clear information about welfare, necessity and the need for investment in animal research facilities". (Leicester Unit BBC R 4 Today 28.09.12).

Message from the President and Vice-Chancellor: Animal Research

Commented on University strategy for openness on animal research and evidence of our transparent approach came from an  article about our research laboratories in The Sun following a visit on 21 July 2016. Visit the University website for further information.

Further details:Concordat on Openness on Animal Research

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