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Somerville College announces full fossil fuel divestment

Somerville College, Oxford has announced that it is to fully divest from its remaining investments in fossil fuels by July 2021. The College, which has an endowment fund of nearly £100m, will reinvest any remaining investments in fossil fuels into “green investments,” a statement on the College’s website said. Somerville has already divested £400,000 worth Read More…

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St John’s Occupation, one year on: college have “failed to keep their promises”, campaign says

One year on from the pitching of tents on the front quad of St John’s College, the group behind the occupation, which called on the College to remove its investments from fossil fuel companies, have argued that “St John’s have failed to keep the promises they made.” In recognition of the one-year milestone, Direct Action Read More…

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Greed, threats, and censorship: Loughborough University accused of stifling free speech

Accusations of censorship, surveillance, and restricting protests have surfaced at Loughborough University. Loughborough People and Planet released a letter on February 9th requesting that the Office of Students investigate the university’s attempts to stifle free speech on campus. People and Planet has been leading the movement for the university to divestment from fossil fuels. In Read More…

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Protests draw to a close at St John’s

After occupying the Front Quad at St John’s since Wednesday, protesters from Direct Action for Divestment Oxford have cleared up camp. Protesters had occupied the quad to force the College to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. St John’s College has been criticised for having invested £8.1 million in Shell and BP. Following a meeting Read More…

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St John’s campaigners compromise as occupation comes to a close

A protest organised by Direct Action for Divestment Oxford will come to an end tomorrow at 2pm. By the time the protesters leave, they will have occupied the Front Quad at St John’s College for 96 hours and successfully brought divestment to the top of the agenda. However, the occupation failed in its main aim Read More…

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St John’s student stand off stretches to fourth day

College turns up the heat to force protesters off the lawn amidst rumours the College is seeking a court order St John’s College is attempting to undermine the student protesters demanding the College stop investing in companies exposed to fossil fuels, such as BP and Shell. Student protesters have occupied the Front Quad at St Read More…

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Balliol joins the divestment drive

Balliol students have taken a stand on the sustainability of the college’s investment, pushing the College to reduce its endowment’s involvement fossil fuel exposure (FFE) “as far and as fast as is practicable”. With socially responsible investment practices more critical than ever, this is a positive step forward for Balliol which may kick-start a precedent Read More…