Working with UAR and NC3Rs
Understanding Animal Research
The University of Leicester works very closely with Understanding Animal Research (UAR).
The UAR provides information and educational materials based on research and an understanding of the historical and scientific facts about the use of animals in biomedical research.
Understanding Animal Research seeks to engage with and inform many sectors to bring about its vision. Key stakeholders include members of the public, the media, policy makers, schools and the scientific research community.
The NC3Rs is a UK-based scientific organisation dedicated to replacing, refining and reducing the use of animals in research and testing (the 3Rs).
They collaborate with scientists and organisations from across the life sciences sector, nationally and internationally, including universities, the pharmaceutical, chemical and consumer products industries, other research funders, and regulatory authorities.
They support the commitment of the scientific community to the 3Rs by funding research and early career development, supporting open innovation and the commercialisation of 3Rs technologies, and stimulating changes in policy, regulations and practice.
A major goal that was described in the NC3Rs Vision 2012-2025 was to maximise support for the 3Rs within research institutions. To deliver this, the NC3Rs working with the Universities, appointed regional programme managers who would provide dedicated 3Rs advice at the project, laboratory and institute level.
Since September 2016, the University of Leicester has actively engaged and works in collaboration with the NC3Rs Regional Programme Manager (Midlands), supporting scientists and those working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) including project and personal licence holders, animal care and veterinary staff and senior administrators.
Further information on how this works in practice can be found on the blog provided by the Regional Manager.