Message from the President and Vice-Chancellor: Animal Research

Posted by pt91 at Jul 25, 2016 10:47 AM |
Professor Paul Boyle comments on University strategy for openness on animal research

The University has won many plaudits for its strategy for openness on animal research and local, national and international media have visited our facility in addition to visits by schools and other stakeholders.

We were among the first institutions to sign the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research and our work has informed national guidelines on the subject.

Evidence of our transparent approach comes from a recent article about our research laboratories in The Sun. The interview request behind this story was distributed to – and turned down – by almost every university engaging in animal research.

At the University of Leicester we have taken a different view. As a result of the concerted work of our researchers and press operations, we are committed to transparency on animal research in the interests of the broader understanding of science.

That commitment is recognised in the article which conveys the reality of the work we do here.

Our ‘bravery’ has been recognised by universities across the country. As a result, we have already been asked to put our name forward for more science communications awards. And we have been able to explain why we use animals in medical research, and the high standards that we work to.

I’m sure you will join me in congratulating Dr Heather Sanders and her colleagues in the Biomedical Research facility as well as the wider College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology  – in addition to our team in the press office under Ather Mirza – on a collaboration with a newspaper read by over ten million people each week.

It is hard to imagine how we could have put our case – or reached a wider audience – more effectively. Our thanks to all involved.

Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor

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