After Long Campaign, Queen’s to Divest from Fossil Fuels by 2025

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has become the latest university in Ireland to announce it will end its investments in fossil fuels by 2025, following a year when a string of major institutions have joined the global divestment movement …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Sinéad Baker, University Times, 15 May]

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QUB to disinvest from fossil fuels after student campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast is set to disinvest from fossil fuels after a two-year student campaign. The university said it would remove investment from extraction and production companies by 2025 …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 May]

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NUIG Officially Commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway (NUIG) has officially committed to divesting from fossil fuels by the end of 2017, following through on its pledge to do so in December 2016. The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Society in NUI Galway were informed of the success of their divestment campaign on February 28th …” (more)

[John Conway, University Times, 13 March]

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FOI Reveals UCD has No Investments in Fossil Fuels

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The College Tribune can reveal that UCD currently does not invest in fossil fuel companies, according to documents viewed under the Freedom of Information act. This information was sought in light of a successful campaign led by Fossil Free TCD, which saw Trinity agree to divest its €6.1 million indirect investments in fossil fuel companies …” (more)

[College Tribune, 1 February]

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Trinity’s climate initiative: a cool move or just hot air?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has pledged to purge its endowments of direct investments in fossil fuels, embracing the battle against climate change. The move is largely symbolic, however, as the university holds just €6 million in shares linked to fossil fuel industries …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 December]

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TCD to offload €6m in fossil fuel company shares

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has moved to sell as much as €6 million of fossil fuel company shares, including ExxonMobil and BP. The university’s endowment fund had also bought shares in Enbridge and Phillips 66, two companies linked to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project, according to Fossil Free TCD, the 15-month student campaign that precipitated the university’s policy …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 12 December]

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NUIG president backs divestment of university’s €3.4m fossil fuel shares

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway (NUIG) have welcomed a commitment by the university’s president, Dr Jim Browne, to back divestment of €3.4 million worth of fossil fuel shares held by the college …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 7 December]

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In Divesting from Fossil Fuels, Trinity was Unexpectedly Receptive to Pressure

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“As Green Week comes to an end, the news that Trinity will divest the €6.1 million it has indirectly invested in fossil fuel companies is a welcome finale. After months of sustained campaigning from Fossil Free TCD, the university is set to officially announce that they will divest, crediting the lobbying of student activists with this decision …” (more)

[University Times, 20 October]

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After Year-Long Campaign, Trinity to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is to divest the €6.1 million it has indirectly invested in fossil fuel companies in a development that comes after months of lobbying and campaigning from campaign group Fossil Free TCD …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 20 November]

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With College to Announce its Decision on Divestment, Recognising Trinity’s Part in a Global Movement

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Having most notably been used as a technique to help end apartheid in South Africa, divestment is not a new concept. It is one, however, that has really only recently been brought to the attention of many Trinity students. Last year, Fossil Free TCD rapidly stormed into the headlines …” (more)

[Hannah Moody, University Times, 15 November]

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Hundreds of students call on NUI Galway to stop investing in fossil fuels

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A petition of over 1000 signatures will be presented to the President of NUI Galway next week asking him to sell off the university’s shares in fossil fuels. The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security society has published a report on fossil fuel investments at NUI Galway …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 November]

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A Revival of student activism: Fueling divestment with Fossil Free TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“€6.1m is a lot of money – it’s a national lottery prize, a small island in the Philippines, or 62,500 years’ worth of Spotify premium. It is also the approximate amount of money that College currently have invested in Fossil Fuels …” (more)

[Catherine Hearn, Trinity News, 13 November]

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Highlighting Trinity’s €88,000 Investment, Fossil Free TCD Protest Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The protest aims to draw attention to Trinity’s investments in three companies involved in the controversial US project, and its expected impact on nature and Native American lands …” (more)

[John Conway, University Times, 2 November]

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Sell the Kells

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fossil Free TCD’s tongue-in-cheek petition provides a novel way to draw attention to Trinity’s decision on divestment this November …” (more)

[Emma McCarthy, Trinity News, 23 October]

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Chomsky and 27 Trinity Professors Among 80 Public Figures Urging College to Divest

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An open letter calling on Trinity to divest from fossil fuels, signed by more than 80 public figures, including 27 Trinity professors and world-famous linguist Noam Chomsky, is to be formally presented to the College Board …” (more)

[Emer Gerrard, University Times, 14 March]

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The Union of Students in Ireland Praises Queen’s for Reaching Fossil Free Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2015 by steve

UK“Students who have been occupying part of Queen’s University Belfast’s administration building, calling for the university to sell shares it holds in fossil fuel firms, have agreed to end their sit-in after they reached an agreement with the university …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 17 December]

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Queen’s University Belfast students continuing sit-in protest

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2015 by steve

UK“Eleven Students are occupying a room in the Queens University Belfast (QUB) Administration building. The Group called ‘Fossil Free QUB’ has been there 3 days in protest of QUB’s failure to divest themselves of fossil fuels …” (more, video)

[Ben Tucker, Independent, 14 December]

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QUB should divest from fossil fuel companies – Hazzard

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2015 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has called on Queens University Belfast (QUB) to divest from fossil fuel companies. Speaking in support of the student occupation of the QUB administration block Mr Hazzard stated …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 14 December]

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Queen’s University’s Fossil Free campaign group stage occupation of college building

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2015 by steve

UK“Twelve students from Queen’s University Belfast’s (QUB) Fossil Free campaign group are three days into their occupation of the college’s administration building. The sit-in, led by QUB’s Students’ Union (QUBSU) Campaigns and Communications Officer …” (more)

[Niamh Moriarty, Trinity News, 13 December]

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Queen’s University Belfast students stage fossil fuels sit-in

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2015 by steve

UK“About 15 students are occupying part of a Queen’s University Belfast building in protest at its failure to commit to divestment from fossil fuels. They have occupied a floor of the university’s administration building …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 11 December]

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