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Extinction Rebellion students stage 'mass-die in' accusing University of Exeter of 'investing in fossil fuels'

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.

The 'mass die-in' was timed to coincide with an open day on campus. Credit: Extinction Rebellion

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.

– Extinction Rebellion Falmouth spokesman
The university said it 'wants to ensure our investments have a positive impact'. Credit: Extinction Rebellion

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.

The presidents of the Students’ Guild in Exeter and Students' Union in Cornwall will be involved in monitoring the new ethical investment policy, and students will also be on a new management group so they can have their say on the policy as it evolves over time.

Earlier this year we declared an environment and climate emergency, and our working group which includes our outstanding environment and climate experts, are looking at the issue of investments and will make their recommendations shortly.

– University of Exeter spokeswoman
Students are being invited to take part in future investment decisions. Credit: Extinction Rebellion