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Students protest at Queen's University fossil fuels link

By staff reporter

Published 25/11/2015

Students and academics occupied the senate room at Queen's University Belfast yesterday in protest over the institution's refusal to quit investing in companies linked to fossil fuels
Students and academics occupied the senate room at Queen's University Belfast yesterday in protest over the institution's refusal to quit investing in companies linked to fossil fuels

Students and academics occupied the senate room at Queen's University Belfast yesterday in protest over the institution's refusal to quit investing in companies linked to fossil fuels.

The senate - QUB'S ruling body - moved its meeting to the Graduate School and locked students out after climate change protesters occupied the building.

The Fossil Free QUB campaigners gained access to the Graduate School and held a protest outside the meeting after a physical confrontation with security guards.

Sean Fearon, spokesman for Fossil Free QUB, said 83% of students polled in a referendum called for the university to withdraw from investment in companies linked to fossil fuels.

The group believes that QUB has more than £1m invested in an index trust that has diversified into a number of companies, including Shell and BP.

A spokesperson for Queen's said its investment committee agreed in October to carry out a comprehensive review of its investment policy.

The review is expected to take six to nine months.

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