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Power Shift: Training for Change is our annual 5 day training event for all students who who believe a better world is possible. Previously called Summer Gathering.

Power Shift 2022: How To Kick Fossil Fuels Off Campus

19th July, 4pm-5.30pm

Our universities are propping up the companies most responsible for the climate crisis.
This workshop will give you everything you need to know about the movement so far, where we are now, and how to tackle your universities ties to the fossil fuel corporations destroying our climate and perpetuating injustice across the world.

This workshop is open to all. It will be an interactive workshop conducted over zoom. It will last 90 minutes, all activities are optional, and there will be breaks throughout.

Power Shift 2022: How To Take Creative Direct Action

14th July, 4pm-5.30pm

Join some experts from across the movement for a masterclass in inventive resistance!

Incredible activists from across the movements for climate and migrant justice will be sharing the behind-the-scenes story of some of the most inventive acts of direct action we have seen in recent years.

We'll be learning how they did it, what they have learned over the years, and then will be thinking about how we can take action ourselves.

Power Shift 2022: How To Smash Borders On Campus

12th July, 4pm-5.30pm

Our universities legitimate and directly profit from the detention, deportation and surveillance of people through their investments in the companies that inflict and profit from such injustices. Join this workshop to learn about the border industry and the role that a Divest Borders campaign can play in dismantling it!


This workshop is open to all. It will be an interactive workshop conducted over zoom. It will last 90 minutes, all activities are optional, and there will be breaks throughout.

Power Shift 2022: How To Keep Your Imagination Radical

7th July, 4pm-5.30pm

  • How do systems of oppression act to constrain our conceptions of what is possible?

  • How can we make sure that our imagination stays radical?

  • What could a just world look like? And what role do universities play in opening up (and closing down) possibilities for radical imagination?

Join our incredible panel in conversation about these questions and more. If you're looking for a dose of political inspiration to light the torch in dark times, this is the place for you.

Power Shift 2022: How to Navigate Power and Privilege

5th July, 4pm -5.30pm

To effectively fight against the hierarchies and oppressions that exist in the world around us, it is essential that we work to tackle power dynamics in our campaign spaces.

Join us for the first event of Power Shift 2022, 'How to Navigate Power & Privilege,' where we'll get stuck in to these issues and more. An essential event for new and experienced campaigners alike.


Power Shift 2022

5th - 19th July

Join us for Power Shift 2022, a series of 5 incredible online sessions throughout July specifically for student activists, where you'll get the skills you need to take back power and fight for a more just and sustainable world on your campus.

All events are completely free and open to all current students at UK universities. You can come along to the events that most interest you, or all 5 if you want to get the full experience!

A Poem: Power Shift & Pandemic

Photograph of the Online Power Shift 2020 booklet in grass propped up against a tree. Bird, flower and tent graphics have been added around the edges in many different colours

This was my first ever Power Shift, and People & Planet's first ever online Power Shift. Needless to say, in the run up to Power Shift I felt excited, but also nervous and apprehensive. My mind, rather unhelpfully, filled itself with anxieties about not knowing anyone, but also the worries that come with the uncharted new landscape that the Coronavirus pandemic had created. But in the end, it turns out the worried questions about being camera shy or not wanting to speak on video need not have bothered me.

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The Exclusivity of Inclusivity – A Take on Class

Photograph of a Leeds staff/student solidarity demo. People line the steps with placards.

Left-wing rhetoric is clear on the desire and shared goal for inclusivity; for those from varying sexual orientations, gender identifications, races, ethnicities and abilities to share in equality gained through ensuring systemic justice. Movements supporting this are often celebrated within academic institutions; solidarity can be seen through society involvement, democratic practice within student unions as well as increasingly explorative methods in inciting action and civil disobedience.

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Power Shift: Where Dreams Really Do Come True

group circle photo from Power Shift 2017

Power Shift, for me, is what Never Neverland is for Wendy, what Narnia is for Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, and what Hogwarts is for Harry: a magical place where dreams really do come true. In my case, those dreams are being part of the global divestment movement, feeling included in something bigger than myself, and broadening my skill set to become an all-round better activist.

Pretty impressive, no?

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