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Press Release: University staff union calls for end to fossil fuel recruitment on UK campuses

The UK’s largest university staff union, University and College Union (UCU) has voted to back the student-led campaign for Fossil Free Careers at their annual Congress. Delegates at Congress, the supreme policy-making body of the UCU, voted to back the campaign and to “actively work with People & Planet to publicly support the student-led Fossil Free Careers campaign, calling on careers services to align their operations with sustainability considerations particularly by declining to promote oil, gas and mining companies.”

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PRESS RELEASE: University of Northampton ditches fossil fuel investments

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HEADLINE: University of Northampton ditches fossil fuel investments


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Today the University of Northampton becomes the 95th UK university to announce its divestment from the fossil fuel industry. The decision comes as part of the university’s wider work to journey away from fossil fuels and towards zero net carbon by 2030.

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Queen’s University Belfast first Student Union on the island of Ireland to boycott oil, gas & mining recruitment

The Student Union at Queen’s University Belfast has become the first student union on the island of Ireland to boycott all oil, gas, and mining industry recruitment. Student representatives voted overwhelmingly to back the motion, meaning that the student union will now block oil, gas, and mining industry recruiters from accessing Student Union-controlled spaces. The student union will also refuse to endorse or participate in any event where oil, gas, or mining companies are invited.

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Sheffield Uni Student Union Votes to Boycott Fossil Fuel Industry Recruitment

With the Fossil Free divestment movement continuing to sweep the country, and 93 universities divested so far, students are now taking up the next fight against the corporate players most responsible for destroying our planet for profit.

Thanks to some great work by student campaigners, the University of Sheffield Student's Union has voted through a Fossil Free Careers motion, meaning they will be boycotting all fossil fuel company recruitment events! You can read the full motion below.

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PRESS RELEASE: University of the West of England becomes the first university in 2022 to fully divest from fossil fuels

Image of student union president and university staff members, with the Vice-Chancellor holding up a signed copy of the Fossil Free Declaration.

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University of the West of England becomes the first university in 2022 to fully divest from fossil fuels

 

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Today the University of the West of England (‘UWE’) has become the 93rd UK university, and the first in 2022, to announce its divestment from fossil fuel companies. UWE accomplished this by becoming the 21st signatory to the People & Planet and NUS Fossil Free Declaration.

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Student campaigning organisations announce solidarity with UCU strikers

'Student campaign orgs back UCU strikes'

We, the undersigned, state our unconditional solidarity with all higher education staff taking industrial action as part of UCU strikes beginning in December 2021.

As campaigning organisations led by and working with students, we reject the divide and rule narratives deployed against striking staff, and we state unequivocally: students support UCU members and their decision to take industrial action. This is not just our own first-hand experience, but is supported by NUS research showing 73% of polled students back the strikes.

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