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Royal College of Art becomes 6th specialist UK university to divest


Today, the Royal College of Art (‘RCA’) has announced that it is divesting its £26.7 million investment portfolio from fossil fuel companies. 


The RCA’s commitment makes it the 101st university in the UK to go Fossil Free and comes following ongoing negotiations with the university, led by the RCA branch of the University and College Union.  


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PRESS RELEASE: Cardiff Metropolitan University Tops Ranking of 153 UK Universities by Sustainability & Ethics Criteria

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The 2022/23 People & Planet University League, which ranks 153 UK universities against sustainability and ethics criteria, shows the majority of the UK higher education sector has failed to reach its carbon reduction target. According to the most recent estates management record (EMR) from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), 59% of universities did not meet the sector-wide target of reducing carbon emissions directly controlled by the university by 43% between 2005/6 and 2020/21.

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UCU Edinburgh Backs Fossil Free Careers Campaign

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The Edinburgh branch of the University and College Union (UCU) has voted to back the Fossil Free Careers campaign, making it the first branch in the UK to endorse the campaign. Fossil Free Careers, a campaign coordinated by the charity People & Planet, demands an end to extractive industry recruitment on campus. It was endorsed by UCU National Congress earlier this year, and has already been backed by Edinburgh University Students’ Association.

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Press Release: Brunel University London Excludes All Fossil Fuels

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Today Brunel University London announces its divestment from fossil fuels, becoming the 99th UK university to make this commitment. Following a student-led campaign, Brunel University London has now updated its Ethical Investment Policy to exclude all fossil fuels, meaning that it has made a full divestment commitment.


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