Communicating our animal research

Centre of the Cell of children

Children at the Centre of the Cell.

QMUL is proud of its research, which has a significant impact on improving human (and animal) health at national and international levels. Some of the research involves working with animals, and we are committed to being open and transparent about this, explaining how and why various species of animals are used and the scientific advances it has led to.

When communicating work that involves animals, we make this clear, whether on the website, via press releases, through communications with staff and students, and by other means. We provide accurate descriptions of the benefits, harms and limitations of such research, and we are realistic about whether, and to what extent, findings from research carried out in animals can be translated into benefits for humans.

We support and encourage our researchers to explain their work and their use of animals to the media, and in other settings as well, such as visits to schools, and at community and other public events.

In addition to the information contained on these web pages, the Centre of the Cell, our science education centre based at Whitechapel in East London, discusses animal experimentation in its ethics section on its website and on a screen in the Pod where school children and other visitors go to learn about cells, genetics, the human body and the latest medical research.

Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK

In May 2014 QMUL joined 72 UK organisations involved in the biosciences to sign the first Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, which committed the signatories to improving openness and transparency in their communications about their use of animals. The number of signatories has now reached over 100.

The signatories made four commitments:

  1. We will be clear about when, how and why we use animals in research
  2. We will enhance our communications with the media and the public about our research using animals
  3. We will be proactive in providing opportunities for the public to find out about research using animals
  4. We will report on progress annually and share our experiences