New animal research training dates announced!

We are delighted to announce the following dates for the ‘Animal Research: Critical, Challenging & Creative Thinking’ training course taking place in London.

  • Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th November 2018
  • Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th February 2019
  • Thursday 20th & Friday 21st June 2019

The course is aimed at MRC, Wellcome Trust, BBSRC, DEFRA, NERC, NC3Rs, EPSRC or UK medical research charity funded PhD students at any stage during their studentship. Registration is essential because places are limited.

Attendance is free for students registered at UCL. For more information or to register CLICK HERE.

The course is also free to students registered at KCL, the RVC, Birkbeck, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and others via the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network. Students studying at an eligible university can find more information or register HERE.

Course Programme

  • Day 1, 10-13:00. An introduction to animal use in research & trends in public opinion. The historical context for animal use in research within the UK will be discussed along with the latest statistics to provide context for national legislative and local policy guidelines governing the use of animals for scientific purposes. Students will reflect upon the spectrum of viewpoints that exist on this issue in addition to the various moral and ethical arguments that commonly arise during public engagement activities.
  • Day 1, 14-17:00. Animal research integrity – an introduction to research integrity within the context of laboratory animal science. We will look at the research framework and expectations both locally and more broadly within the national and international scientific community. The UK Concordat to support Research Integrity and Concordat on Openness on Animal Research will be discussed in addition to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics “Culture of scientific research within the UK” report. Students will also have the opportunity to discuss real-life case studies and ethical dilemmas’.
  • Day 2, 10-13:00. Critical Thinking – an introduction to basic good practice experimental design and planning for animal derived research data. Students will learn how to identify and avoid common pitfalls, to help maximise the robustness, reliability and reproducibility of their results. Students will also develop a basic understanding of what systematic reviews and meta-analysis are and become familiar with free tools or resources available to help support the effective planning and reporting of animal research, including the ARRIVE guidelines.
  • Day 2, 14-17:00. Animal welfare and the 3Rs in practice – an introduction to animal welfare, what is it, why it is important and what this means in terms of the full lifetime experience of animals used in research. Potential conflicts will be considered and discussed, with good animal welfare and the 3Rs principles of humane experimental technique providing a practical means of minimising any uncontrolled variables and confounding factors that may impact upon the quality of research results.


All questions regarding eligibility or registration should be made directly to UCL or via the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network using the links above. Questions regarding specific course content or learning outcomes can be directed to

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