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Queen's University Belfast Students Agree To End Sit-In

After 6 days, Fossil Free QUB can declare a small victory

Our original story on Fossil Free QUB can be read here

When it emerged that students would be taking over a part of the administration building of Queen's University Belfast for the Universities investment in fossil fuels, few believed it would last so long.

6 days later, the protest has ended after a "constructive meeting" took place, as told in a joint statement by the university and Queen's Students' Union
 
The students said the protest was over the university's failure to commit to divestment from fossil fuels.

In the meeting, it was agreed that Queen's University would undertake a comprehensive review of its investment policy.
This would involve engagement with "all relevant stakeholders in this process, including the Students' Union and Fossil Free QUB". And that this will be completed, with a review and recommendations on any proposed policy changes scheduled to come to senate, the university governing body, on 21 June 2016

The statement said Queen's University Belfast and QUB Students' Union were "committed to the development of a socially responsible investment policy that represents best practice, is consistent with Vision 2020 and the university's Carbon Management Plan, and will underpin investment decisions made by the university".

Students had been occupying part of the administration building since Friday, December 11th.

  • Date published: 17th December 2015

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