Understanding Animal Research: Exploring ethics and science

Understanding Animal Research

Understanding Animal Research  is a not-for-profit organisation which seeks to explain the role of animals in scientific, medical and veterinary research. Our nation-wide schools program provides free in-school talks and workshops to help students understand (not necessarily agree with) why and how animals are used in research in the UK.


Aimed at key stages 3-5, our free school sessions explore the ethical, legal and practical considerations of using animals in scientific, medical and veterinary research.  Sessions are presented by educators, researchers and animal technicians able to discuss their experiences working in STEM, how they safeguard animal welfare and how their lab animals are advancing our scientific knowledge. 


A typical 50-60 minute session includes a 30-45 minute interactive presentation and 10-15 minutes for questions. We can arrange talks for a single class, arrange multiple sessions or present assemblies to whole year groups.

Expected outcomes

Students will gain a better understanding of:

-How scientists evaluate ethical questions

-The role of animals in the development of new medicines and treatments

-How laws and regulations protect animal welfare


Students will have the opportunity to:

-Meet STEM professionals

-Learn about STEM careers

-Ask questions about current research

To book this activity, please contact:
Liz Danner

UAR, Hodgkin Huxley House
30 Farringdon Lane
EC1R 3AW London

The STEM Directory is provided as a service to support you in finding enrichment opportunities. The activities are offered by external providers and are not endorsed by STEM Learning. We are not responsible for their content or delivery.

Grants for school

The Royal Institution runs two enrichment and enhancement grant schemes. Grants of up to £500 are available to UK-registered state schools to host a STEM activity selected from the STEM Directory.

There are a number of other organisations that offer grants to schools.

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