University statement on Just Stop Oil protest

The University has issued the following statement following Just Stop Oil protests outside the Great Hall.

“While we support the right to legal protest, we are hugely disappointed that today's demonstration led to the vandalism of a University building.

“We are taking a robust approach to tackling the existential challenge of climate change, with a £174 million Climate Plan which includes our target of delivering net zero emissions by 2030.

“Our policy on responsible investment is to invest in companies that are sustainable and that purposefully set out to solve the problems of people and the planet profitably, without benefiting from causing harm to the world.

“We do not invest in companies that are materially engaged in certain sectors, including thermal coal, the extraction of fossil fuel from tar sands, oil and gas extraction, production and refining.

“Working collaboratively with our staff and students we will continue to gear our curriculum, research and campus activity to lead climate action locally, nationally and globally.

"A cleaning team was deployed immediately after the incident to remove the paint and ensure no lasting damage was done."

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