We are calling on UK University Careers Departments to end recruitment pipelines into the oil, gas, and mining industries.
UK University Careers Departments are actively promoting careers in the oil, gas, and mining industries. They invite these companies to attend careers fairs, advertise their vacancies on careers websites, and promote them in emails to the student body.
They are providing a recruitment pipeline into the extractive industries, and are propping up the companies most responsible for destroying the climate and the planet.
Students across the UK are campaigning to get their University Careers Departments end their relationships with the oil, gas, and mining industries. Join the campaign and make your voice heard.
Across the UK, students and staff are campaigning for an end to recruitment relationships between universities and the oil, gas, and mining industries. Increasingly, they are even taking things into their own hands and are chasing fossil fuel recruiters off campus themselves.
Campaigning under the banner of People & Planet's Fossil Free Careers campaign, these students are calling upon University Careers Departments to do the following:
- Refuse all new relationships with oil, gas and mining companies.
- Decline to renew any current relationships with oil, gas and mining companies after the contractually obligated period ends.
- Adopt a publicly available Ethical Careers Policy that explicitly excludes oil, gas and mining companies from recruitment opportunities.
By actively promoting careers in the oil, gas, and mining sectors, universities are reinforcing the power of those industries and contributing to the climate and ecological crisis. This practice must end. Almost 60% of the university sector has now made a commitment to fossil fuel divestment, recognising that it is wrong to invest money in the very companies wrecking the planet. Yet every single one of those universities still has no policy to prevent oil, gas, and mining companies recruiting students on their campus.
It's now time to come together as students, staff, alumni, and community members to demand that universities take action and implement Fossil Free Careers.
There is significant precedent for our demands; we know that this is something they can do. 20% of University Career Departments already bar one or more of the tobacco industry, adult/sex industry, or gambling industry from advertising to students.
For example, the University of Sheffield's Careers Service has a policy under which it “reserves the right to edit or remove vacancies or decline participation in events and activities at our discretion which it reasonably believes not to be in the best interests of either students, graduates or the University. In particular, this will include organisations and/or opportunities which...Are involved in the manufacture of tobacco products.”
Furthermore, ending these recruitment pipelines is popular with students: graduates are increasingly turning away from oil and gas jobs, and understand that careers in extractive industries have no future. The student body is becoming more and more engaged with environmental issues, and universities that do not recognise that will be left behind their environmentally conscious peers.
There are some universities that do not operate a dedicated Careers Department. Because the campaign demands above would be inapplicable to these universities, we have developed a parallel Fossil Free Careers Declaration. Signatories to the Fossil Free Careers Declaration confirm that they have no in-house careers service, but pledge to only work with third-party careers service providers that have made a Fossil Free Careers commitment. Read more about the Fossil Free Careers Declaration.
We know that there is no future for jobs in the oil, gas, and mining industries. There can be no future for their model of profit-driven, environmentally destructive resource extraction if we are to build a just energy system and liveable planent for all.
We need you to show your support and tell universities to end recruitment pipelines. Will you add your voice to the demands?
How To Get Involved
Join the movement. Use the form below to let us know who you are and which university you're based at. We'll get in touch soon after to let you know how you can get involved at your university, and how you can take action and get involved with the campaign further.
Sign our petition to show universities that you support our demands. It is unacceptable that universities continue to prop up the companies most responsible for the climate crisis, and the more of us that tell them that, the quicker they will need to change.
Student Unions are a key democratic channel which students can use to bring about change at their university. We have written a template Student Union motion that you can bring to a meeting and use to build support for Fossil Free Careers on your campus.
A Just Transition is one which puts workers, unions, and organised labour at the heart of decision making. If you are worker at university and part of a union branch, or know someone who is, then you can use our template union branch motion to link up struggles on campus and solidify student-staff solidarity.
Get informed. Read through our campaign introduction, which has more details on the campaign, our targets, and how we can win Fossil Free Careers all over the UK.
Image credit: Consejo de Pueblos Atacameños (Council of Peoples of the Atacama)