Northern Ireland

Queen's University Belfast students agree to end sit-in

Queen's sit-in
Image caption The students said the protest was over the university's failure to commit to divestment from fossil fuels

Students who have been occupying part of Queen's University Belfast's administration building, calling for the university to sell shares it holds in fossil fuel firms, have agreed to end their sit-in.

A joint statement by the university and Queen's Students' Union said 'Fossil Free QUB' had agreed to the move after a "constructive meeting" with senior management.

It said Queen's University would undertake a comprehensive review of its investment policy.

This would involve engagement with "all relevant stakeholders in this process, including the Students' Union and Fossil Free QUB".

It said a timetable for completion of the review had been agreed, with recommendations on any proposed policy changes scheduled to come to senate, the university governing body, on 21 June next year.

The statement said the objective of the review, was to ensure that the university's investment policy is aligned with best practice in the area of "socially responsible investment" and with the university's vision.

The statement said Queen's University Belfast and QUB Students' Union were "committed to the development of a socially responsible investment policy that represents best practice, is consistent with Vision 2020 and the university's Carbon Management Plan, and will underpin investment decisions made by the university".

Students had been occupying part of the administration building since Friday.

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