Universities & colleges committed to pursuing fossil fuel divestment

So far 68 UK universities and 2 Irish have committed to divest from fossil fuels in some form. These commitment cover endowment wealth of over £11bn.

  • Oct 2014 – Glasgow University commits to fully divest £18mil from fossil fuel companies over the next 10 years.

  • Jan 2015 – University of Bedfordshire put in policy to not invest in any fossil fuel companies.

  • Mar 2015 - SOAS, University of London commits to fully divest £1mil from fossil fuel companies over the next 3 years and VC calls on other universities to divest.

  • April 2015 - Queen Margaret University commits to fully divest it’s £45mil endowment from all fossil full companies.

  • May 2015 – University of Oxford campaign gets a partial victory with the announcement that they don’t directly invest in coal and tar-sands as it is unethical.

  • May 2015 – Two victories with London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine committing to divesting from coal companies and Edinburgh University committing to divesting from coal and tar-sands companies in the next 6 months after a high profile student occupation in response to an initial decision to engage rather than divest.

  • Aug 2015 - University of Warwick commits to fully divest £1mil from fossil fuel companies over the next year.

  • Oct 2015 – Four Victories with University of the Arts London fully divesting it’s £3.9mil from fossil fuels, University of Surrey committing to fully divest it’s £42mil endowment from all fossil fuels, Wolfson College Oxford committing to divest it’s £42mil endowment from coal and tar-sands and Oxford Brookes University committing to fully divest it’s £1.6mil endowment from fossil fuels. Research conducted with NUS also uncovered that six other institutions had divested from coal and tar-sands by investing with divested CCLA (Birmingham City University, Cranfield University, Heriot-Watt University, University of Portsmouth, University of Westminster and De Montfort University).

  • Nov 2015 – Two victories with the University of Sheffield committing to fully divest it’s £40mil endowment from fossil fuels and the London School of Economics committing to divest it’s £97.2mil endowment from coal and tar-sands. Both committed to reinvest in renewables.

  • Jan 2016 – Sheffield Hallam University committed to not invest it’s £0.5mil endowment in fossil fuels.

  • May 2016 - Three more victories with Southampton University and Newcastle University committing to divest from coal and tar-sands, while Queen Mary University London committed to fully divest it’s endowment. Their combined endowment wealth is £100mil.

  • June 2016 - Cambridge University commits to 'blacklist' coal and tar-sands from it’s £5.9bil endowment. Falling short of a solid policy commitment to never invest in these sectors again.

  • Sept 2016 - Kings College London commits to divest it's £160mil endowment from coal and tar-sands.

  • Nov 2016 - Research by People & Planet for our University League uncovered that 14 more universities had committed to divest in the last 12 months. Ten of these were commitments to divest: Nottingham Trent, Kent, Lincoln, Wales Trinity Saint David, Abertay Dundee, Worcester, Arts Bournemouth, Cardiff Met, Bournemouth and Manchester Met. Five committed to or divested via their fund manger CCLA from coal and tar sands: Gloucestershire, Aston, Goldsmiths and Greenwich. In the same month the University of the West of Scotland also committed to fully divest it's endowment. Their combined endowment wealth was £46.5mil.

  • February 2017 - University of St Andrews divest it's £50mil endowment fully from fossil fuels.

  • March 2017 - University of Bristol commits to divest it's £58mil endowment and Kings College London up it's commitment to divest it's £160mil endowment from all fossil fuels rather than just coal and tar-sands. In Ireland NUI Gallway commits to fully divest £3mil out of fossil fuel companies.

  • August 2017 - 9 universities sign the Fossil Free Declaration and commit to never investing in fossil fuel companies: Canterbury Christ Church University, Newman University, University of Chester, University of the Creative Arts, University of Cumbria, University of Winchester, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Writtle University College and York St John University.

  • November 2017 - University of East Anglia releases a statement confirming they hold no investments from their £8,897,939 endowment in fossil fuel companies, after a four year campaign by students at UEA People & Planet.

  • January 2018 - University of Huddersfield confirmed to student campaigners at Fossil Free Huddersfield University and the local press that they hold no investments in fossil fuel companies and have no plan to. They become the 60th UK university to divest from fossil fuels.

  • February 2018 - University of Sussex now invests its money in Liontrust’s ‘Sustainable Futures Managed Fund’ that excludes investments in the Fossil Fuel industry after a four year long student campaign. University of Edinburgh divests its £322million endowment from all fossil fuels over two and a half years after its partial divestment following a prolonged student campaign.

  • March 2018 - Anglia Ruskin University signed the Fossil Free Declaration confirming they have no investments in the fossil fuel industry and they never will. This came after a student campaign. Durham University divested fully after several years of campaigning by generations of Durham University People & Planet. University of Bristol fully divested around one year after their partial divestment following sustained student pressure. Cardiff University committed to divest its entire investment portfolio by 2021. This came after Cardiff People & Planet's long-running campaign culminating in an escalation strategy including a hunger strike by two campaign members.

  • April 2018 - University of Nottingham pledged divested its £50million endowment fund from oil and gas within 12 months, withdrawing from coal and tar sands immediately. 

  • May 2018 - University of Bath committed to fully divest from fossil fuels. University of Gloucestershire also committed to fully divest with immediate effect.

  • June 2018 - Buckinghamshire New University became the eleventh university to sign the Fossil Free Declaration. They confirmed they had no investments in fossil fuel companies and said they never will.

  • July 2018 - University of Leeds confirmed they had divested companies deriving more than 5% of their revenue from coal & tar sands, pledging to make a decision on full divestment by the end of November 2018.  Loughborough University committed to divest from all fossil fuels within three years.