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Wendy Park 
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
 
 
 
30 March 2021 
 
Our ref: FOI 2021/081 
 
 
Dear Wendy Park, 
 
Request for Information under Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 
 
Thank you for your email which was received by the University on 10 March 2021 requesting the 
following information: 
 
 
Did your university conduct experiments on animals in the year 2020? 
 
If yes to the above question, how many animals were held on the premises for research 
purposes. 
 
What species of animal were used? 
 
How many of each species of animal were used in experiments? 
 
What are the Home Office licence classification for these experiments in terms of pain, lasting 
harm, etc. if classified? 
 
Were the animals used for medical or non medical research? 
 
Which departments of your university were or are engaged in such research? 
 
How many animals, held on the premises, were killed without being used for experiments? 
 
 
 
University’s response 
 
Did your university conduct experiments on animals in the year 2020? 
 
Yes, please see here for more information 
https://www.strath.ac.uk/science/biomedicalresearchatstrathclyde/ 
 
Information Governance Unit, University of Strathclyde, Room 2.74,  
McCance Building, 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ 
Email: xxx@xxxxxx.xx.xx; Tel: 0141 548 5994 
 

We refer to animals as having undergone ‘regulated procedures’. A 'regulated procedure
is defined in the Act as any experimental or other scientific procedure applied to a protected animal 
which may cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm. These numbers are reported to the Home 
Office
 
If yes to the above question, how many animals were held on the premises for research 
purposes. 
 
The University does not hold this information based on a year. It varies from week to week as we have 
breeding colonies and animal numbers are not recorded in the way requested.   
 
Accordingly, I have to advise you under section 17(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 
2002 (FOISA), that the University does not hold the information requested on this subject and is not 
aware of any other public authority which may hold relevant information. 
 
 
What species of animal were used? 
 
These are the species included in the return to the Home Office: –  
 
Mice  
Rats 
Gerbils 
Hamsters 
 
How many of each species of animal were used in experiments? 
 
We count ‘regulated procedures’, as defined in the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, rather 
than animals. In all cases each animal underwent one procedure (this may include a series of steps) 
and there was no re-use: 
 
Mice   
3253 
Rats 
 
94 
Hamsters  
17 
Gerbils 

 
What are the Home Office licence classification for these experiments in terms of pain, lasting 
harm, etc. if classified? 
 
The actual severity recorded for each of the animals is shown below: 
 
 
2020 
Non 
Sub 
  
mild 
mod 
severe  Total 
recovery 
Threshold 
SPECIES 
Mice 
82 
1,576 
1,337 
236 
22 
3,253 
Rats 
32 

62 


94 
Hamsters 


17 


17 
Gerbils 






  
  
  
  
  
  
3,368 
 
 
Were the animals used for medical or non-medical research? 
 
 

All animals or tissue collected from the animals was used for biomedical research. 
 
 
Which departments of your university were or are engaged in such research? 
 
Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science (SIPBS) 
Department of Biomedical Engineering. 
 
How many animals, held on the premises, were killed without being used for experiments? 
 
The animal figures below are not recorded in the Home Office Annual returns as they are not classed 
as having undergone regulated procedures, as they are sacrificed using a Home Office Schedule 1 
method. 
 
These animals have had tissue collected for various in-vitro research. In addition, a small number have 
been used in a class practical where there was no better alternative method to address the learning 
objectives of the class. They make up a very small number of the figures below:- 
 
69 mice 
259 rats  
6 Guinea pigs 
 
 
The following animals have been in breeding colonies, used for tissue or surplus to requirements. We 
also freeze the cadavers and supply them free of charge to a local zoo for feed for the reptiles, which 
means they are not wasted.  
 
The number of mice in 2020 was high due to the Covid-19 pandemic when animals had been bred and 
were available for research, but due to the situation, the research was not allowed to take place. We 
did our best to keep this number as low as possible by separating the breeding animals as soon as it 
was clear that the first lockdown was not just going to be for a few weeks:- 
 
935 mice 
83 rats 
 
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