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The students rose from their seats to display a sign that read “Still investing in fossil fuels??” as Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson opened the event at the Sheldonian Theatre.
The decision is a major victory for student campaigners, who have been pressuring colleges and the University to withdraw financial support for the fossil fuel, tobacco and arms industries.
Oxbridge colleges responding to requests hold at least £21m in oil and gas exploration, production, and refining companies
The approved changes, initially recommended by St Hilda’s JCR Divestment Working Group, aim to align the college’s investments with the challenge of climate change
The letters addressed the "hypocrisy" of the University investing in fossil fuels while producing cutting-edge science on climate change
The motion urged the college to divest from companies on the Carbon Underground 200 list