AWF Research Fund

The AWF Research Fund was set up to fund research into a wide variety of species and project types.

 

STUDENT SUMMER RESEARCH PROJECTS

In 2016 AWF launched its new student grant scheme. Through the scheme, AWF has expanded its funded research into new areas of welfare and species hitherto not covered by our work.

We invited applications from students of veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and agricultural studies. As with all AWF grants, it was important that projects were based on sound scientific principles and designed to have a practical and positive impact on raising animal welfare standards.

The following six projects were awarded funding and carried out in 2017. Click on the titles to read a summary of the research. Final reports will shortly be available on our Grants Awarded page.

PRIORITISING WELFARE ISSUES

As a small charity, AWF wishes to focus its limited research funds on areas where the welfare need is greatest and where there is a deficit of good science. To do so we need to be able to prioritise welfare issues relevant to the UK, which is why AWF decided to commission a Delphi project to uncover the UK’s top animal welfare priorities.

This will be hugely important in shaping the future of our grant giving.  We also hope that the results will help other organisations direct their efforts towards the most pressing welfare needs of our time.  The research began in October 2017 and will take a year to complete.

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  1. Discussion Forum 2022 – AWF Chair reflects on the day

    Last month we held our first ever hybrid Discussion Forum, exploring a plethora of animal welfare issues including ‘extreme breeds’, pest control, gene editing and ‘overtreatment’ in the equine world. In this piece, AWF Chair Julian Kupfer reflects back on the day, the themes that came out of it, and why a platform like the […]
  2. Meet our student researchers – Matt Goins

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  3. Meet our student researchers – Madeline Heys

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  4. Meet our student researchers – Katherine Duffy

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  5. Eddie Clutton on the topic of overtreatment

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  6. Project in a pandemic: what an AWF student grant taught me about research

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  7. Meet the speakers – Q&A with Jimmy Turnbull

    As the drive for cheap, efficient and environment-sparing livestock agriculture continues to grow, can intensive farming ever be good for both welfare and sustainability? That is just one of the questions we will be asking ourselves at this year’s Discussion Forum. Recently we spoke to Professor Jimmy Turnbull, vet, aquaculture specialist and Discussion Forum speaker, […]
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  9. BVNA ‘This is Us 2020’

    Calling vet nurses! We are thrilled to announce that AWF will be hosting a debate as part of BVNA’s ‘This is Us 2020’, a two-day online event dedicated to celebrating veterinary nursing. AWF has previously held animal welfare debates at BVNA Fringe and we welcome the opportunity to continue having these important discussions, but with […]
  10. Completing research in a pandemic – a student’s experience

    Funding student research is an important part of what we do, giving students an insight into the world of research and the opportunity to make a practical difference to animal welfare. In 2019 we granted funding to Sheryl Bradley, an MSc student of International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law at the University of Edinburgh, for […]