People & Planet Grassroots Blog

Press Release: Brunel University London Excludes All Fossil Fuels

Image of Brunel University with text 'Brunel University London Divests From All Fossil Fuels'


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.


Read More

University of Oxford Students’ Union to boycott oil, gas & mining recruitment

Image of students with placards at Oxford university. Text reads Uni of Oxford Students Union Votes to Boycott Oil, Gas and Mining Recruitment

The Oxford University Students Union has voted to boycott recruitment events which feature oil, gas, and mining companies. It joins the student unions at Bristol, Sussex, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Surrey who have all passed similar motions in support of the Fossil Free Careers campaign, coordinated by student campaigning charity People & Planet. The campaign has also been backed by the UK's largest student and staff bodies: the National Union of Students and the University & College Union.

Read More

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.”

Read More

PRESS RELEASE: University of Northampton ditches fossil fuel investments


HEADLINE: University of Northampton ditches fossil fuel investments


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.

Read More

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.

Read More