UK universities ban fossil fuel companies recruiting on campus

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University of Bedfordshire, University of the Arts London and Wrexham Glyndwr University are now part of several others promising to end all relationships with oil, gas, and mining recruiters 

A few universities in the UK have decided to ban fossil fuel companies from recruiting on their campus after a campaign led by students is gains momentum across the country.

According to a report by Euronews on Monday, November 5, careers services from three universities in the UK decided to boycott fossil fuel companies including oil, gas and mining recruiters from their campus. This including University of Bedfordshire, University of the Arts London and Wrexham Glyndwr University.  

The campaign is sponsored by charity People & Planet, that has over 2,38,000 students affiliated with them. Their main goal, the report states, is to demand universities to officially ban big polluters from their campuses.  

The present ban by these universities come three months after similar move was made by Birkbeck, University of London.  

Meanwhile, the charity behind the campaign has described it as victory. A quote in the report by J Clark, the co-director of climate campaigns for the charity said, “It is vital that our universities show with actions, not words that they are taking the side of climate justice, and not of the industries driving us deeper into a climate crisis that is harming the least responsible first and worst”. 

The report also said, in 2019, in a similar move, University of Sheffield students booted BP and ExxonMobil out of a career fair. Students from the University of Oxford also, in the same year, blocked a hotel where a mining company was hosting recruitment events.

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