Universities & colleges committed to pursuing fossil fuel divestment

So far 49 UK universities and 2 Irish have committed to divest from fossil fuels in some form. These commitment cover endowment wealth of over £10.7bill.

  • 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.

  • April 2017 - Six universities: Newman University, York St John University, University of Chester, Glyndwr University, University of Winchester and Writtle College sign our Fossil Free Declaration stating that they do not invest in fossil fuels and will never do so.