Using animals in research

The University is committed to responsible animal research


The University of Portsmouth undertakes high quality, internationally recognised research, some of which requires the use of animals. However, research involving animals forms only a part of our overall programme of research alongside other techniques such as computer modelling, tissue culture and study of human samples.

Research using animals continues to make a vital contribution to the understanding, treatments and cure of major human diseases.

The most recent Ipsos MORI survey (October 2012) carried out for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills shows that approximately two-thirds of adults support the use of animals in research as long as it is for medical research purposes, there is no unnecessary suffering, and there is no alternative.

Concordat on Openness in Animal Research

In May 2014 we became one of the 81 organisations from the national bioscience community that have signed the Concordat on Openness in Animal Research in the UK. The organisations includes universities, research councils, charities, commercial companies, umbrella bodies and learned societies.

The Concordat commits us to:

  • being clear about when, how and why we use animals in research
  • enhancing our communications with the media and the public about our research using animals
  • being proactive in providing opportunities for the public to find out about research using animals
  • reporting on progress annually and sharing our experiences

View our Working with Animals policy here