Students linked to the Extinction Rebellion movement staged a 'mass die-in' at the University of Exeter's Penryn campus, accusing bosses of 'hypocrisy' over their attitude towards climate change.
A group of 16 students, all dressed in black and with black paint dripping from their hands, said they took the action to urge the university to 'act on its climate emergency declaration and end the ongoing hypocrisy by stopping investing in oil and gas.'
The university responded by saying it is working on 'ethical investments' and said it wants to include students in future decisions.
It is one thing for the University of Exeter to declare a climate emergency, but they need to act like it is an emergency. The university executive needs to get on and stop investing in all fossil fuels now. Until the university makes a full and unconditional commitment to divest from fossil fuels, we will keep taking action.
We recently appointed Rathbone to manage our investment portfolio and a major factor in our decision was to improve our ethical investments. We worked closely with our students to appoint Rathbone and want to ensure that our investments have a positive impact on our community and society as well as provide good returns to invest in education.