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Students for Ethical Science

Logo of the Students for Ethical Science societyOUSES was set up in 1992 to campaign peacefully against the OU's harmful use of animals in teaching and research, and provide help and information to students who wanted to complete a science degree without harming animals.

Our website at also provides a list of recommended books, websites and other resources to learn more about animal science and animal ethics, whether you're looking for a beginner's introduction or detail on a special topic. We're currently in the process of expanding and reorganising this section, making it into a much more useful resource for all students of ethical science.

We also run a moderated forum - "OUSA Ethical Science" (open to all current students, whether members or not), where students can discuss the science, ethics and politics of animal ethics, animal intelligence and animal welfare. There's a similar forum on our own website, open to all OUSES members even if they're not current students.

So if you're a new student, or an old student, and:

  • want the opportunity to learn about animal ethics, the scientific pros and cons of animal tests, and the available alternatives, alongside your OU studies;
  • want to help with our work (good for the CV as well as the soul!);
  • or just want to show that you support an end to animal experiments at the OU;

Then visit our website to download the membership form, or contact Diana Isserlis at

Membership is free, but we ask for a £5 donation if you can afford it. Members receive our newsletter (currently once a year), and have access to the members-only forum on our website, which is available to all members whether current students or not. We're currently a small society of about 50 members, so whether you can actively contribute or not, your membership is important - the more members we have, the more weight our voice has with the OU in support of animal welfare.

10 reasons to get involved

Join in the discussions on our Forums, Facebook and Twitter.

Influence how the University is run and get the student voice heard.

Get involved in societies and events.

Join in with the many volunteering opportunities.

An opportunity to debate the issues most important to you, hear inspirational speakers and socialise with other students.

Talk to a peer supporter or share advice with other students.

Help support other students to study or access help for yourself.

Save money on lots of products through the NUS Extra card.