Dear University of Essex,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I request to know the information for the year 2020 (01/01/2020 to 31/12/2020).

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?

If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,
Wendy Park

Freedom Of Information Requests, University of Essex

Dear Wendy,

Thank you for your enquiry dated 17th February, received by us on the same date concerning Animal Experiments in 2020 here at the University of Essex.

Your request will be handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We will, of course, endeavour to respond as soon as possible and within 20 working days (18th March 2021) but please note that due to the current circumstances there may be a delay in our response. In the event of any delay, we will, of course, keep you updated.

In the meantime if you have any questions about your request, please let me know.

Kind regards,
Katie Trafford
Freedom of Information Team
Innovation & Technology Solutions
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
Essex
CO4 3SQ

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Freedom Of Information Requests, University of Essex

Dear Wendy,

Thank you for your request of 17 February 2021 on Animal Experiments in 2020. I have now spoken to our Research colleagues and they have asked if you could clarify your query so that we can be sure we are giving you the information that you want.

Please provide the definition of animals that you are using in relation to this request.

As you know, we have 20 working days to respond to your enquiry. The count down on the 20 days stops at this point and will not start again until I hear from you with your clarification. If you do not reply within 20 days then we will consider your query to be closed.

If you have any questions about this do please contact me.

Kind regards,
Katie Trafford
Freedom of Information Team
Innovation & Technology Solutions
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
Essex
CO4 3SQ

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Dear Freedom Of Information Requests,

Hi Katie.

Thank you for your reply.

You asked:
Please provide the definition of animals that you are using in relation to this request.

I would say the definition is Non-human

Yours sincerely,
Wendy Park

Freedom Of Information Requests, University of Essex

Thank you, Wendy. I have responded to my research colleagues with this clarification.

Kind regards,
Katie Trafford

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Freedom Of Information Requests, University of Essex

Dear Wendy

 

Thank you for your enquiry dated 17^th February, received by us on the
same date concerning animal experiments in 2020 here at the University of
Essex. Your request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.  Please see our response below.

 

On 17^th February my colleague wrote to you asking you to provide the
definition of ‘animals’ that you are using in relation to your request. 
You responded to confirm that your definition of animals is ‘non-human’. 
We have therefore taken this into account in our response below.

 

I request to know the following information for the year 2020 (01/01/2020
to 31/12/2020).

Did your university conduct experiments on animals in the year 2020 (1
January 2020 to 31 December 2020)?
The University conducted research activity with animals during 2020.  None
of these activities were defined as experimental or other scientific
procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.  No
procedures are carried out at the University that would require a licence
under the terms of the Act.

If yes to the above question, how many animals were held on the premises
for research purposes.
208 Oysters (Ostrea edulis 200; Crassostrea edulis 8)
30 Zebrafish

What species of animal were used?
European Sea Bass
Oysters (Ostrea edulis; and Crassostrea edulis
Zebrafish
Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica)

How many of each species of animal were used in experiments?
European Sea Bass – 50
Oysters – 360 (Ostrea edulis 320; Crassostrea edulis 40)
Zebrafish – 30
Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) 359 caught adults, 875 ringed nestlings.

What are the Home Office licence classification for these experiments in
terms of pain, lasting harm, etc. if classified?
The University does not currently conduct animal research as defined by
the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and therefore does not
require a license.  However, the University did consult the Home Office
about all using animals and all work would be classified as MILD.

The research with European Sea Bass, Zebrafish and was undertaken onsite
whilst the research with oysters was undertaken both onsite and offsite. 
Research undertaken with barn swallows took place at an overseas partner
institute following that country’s licencing requirements.

Were the animals used for medical or non-medical research?
Non-Medical

Which departments of your university were or are engaged in such research?
School of Life Sciences, Department of Mathematical Sciences and
Department of Psychology

How many animals, held on the premises, were killed without being used for
experiments?
None

If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you
direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary
The information is not already in the public domain.

I hope you find this information useful but if you have any questions
about the data, please let me know.

 

Best wishes

Clare Chatfield, BA (Hons), PC.foi

Freedom of Information Team

Innovation & Technology Solutions

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester

Essex

CO4 3SQ

 

T +44 (0)1206 872285

E [1][University of Essex request email]

 

 

 

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