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Five UK universities join the Fossil Free movement

Today, five UK universities have ended fossil fuel industry investments. Liverpool John Moores University, Norwich University of the Arts, the University of Chichester, the University of Salford and the University of West London all divested from fossil fuels by incorporating industry exclusions into their Ethical Investment Policies. 108 UK universities are now committed to divest from fossil fuels, representing almost 72% of the sector.

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Swansea University Bans Oil and Gas Recruitment

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Oil, gas, and tar sands companies have been banned from recruiting at Swansea University, following an 18-month campaign by students and staff. As part of a new Ethical Careers Policy implemented by the University, oil, gas, and tar sands companies will be unable to access careers fairs and employer events organised by the university careers service, and the university will no longer advertise roles in those industries to students.

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Today Robert Gordon University becomes the 103rd UK university to divest from fossil fuels, and the second to do so in Aberdeen, a city known as the ‘Oil Capital of Europe’ due to its links with North Sea oil and gas.

In a highly significant move, the university announced its commitment to exclude fossil fuel extraction companies from all its investments by updating its Investment Policy. This follows the University of Aberdeen’s commitment to divest from all fossil fuels in 2021.

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Two more UK universities end fossil fuel recruitment on campus

Two more universities end oil, gas, and mining recruitment

The Royal College of Art (RCA) and the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) have become the latest UK universities to exclude oil, gas and mining companies from recruiting on campus. Both universities will now exclude fossil fuel companies from sponsoring recruitment events, attending careers fairs or advertising recruitment opportunities to students.

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Press Release:Fourth UK university bans fossil fuel recruitment on campus

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Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) has become the fourth university in the UK to exclude oil, gas, and mining companies from recruiting on campus. The Lincoln-based university  joins the University of Bedfordshire, the University of the Arts London, and Wrexham Glyndwr University, who all ended recruitment ties with the fossil fuel industry in December 2022.

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