Students at the University of Stirling voted on Monday night (20th October) to mandate the student union to divest from institutions that produce and fund nuclear weapons, in a further development in growing youth and student activism against nuclear arms around the UK. The meeting passed 54-5 at the student union's general meeting, with 5 abstentions.
The policy prevents the student union from investing in or with institutions named in the IKV Pax Christi 'Don't Bank on the Bomb', which can be viewed online at www.dontbankonthebomb.com. It also bans these organisations from having a presence at student union events, and the union will no longer be able to offer concessions to these groups.
The Student Union will further pressure the university to do likewise, which will place the future of the Santander branch on campus under question, as the bank is listed as being one of the worst offenders in the report.
Joseph Deans, Vice President of the Stirling University CND group which proposed the motion, said "the stigmatisation of nuclear weapons, and the fact that the Student Union will now be part of a growing movement denying credit facilities to those companies producing them, will help encourage those involved to withdraw for the sake of their public profile and their bottom line". Alasdair Ibbotson, President of the same group, added "the students at Stirling have been consistent in their opposition to nuclear weapons and we're now seeing action on that. It's clear that those who seek to profit from these heinous weapons can't get away without the significant public disgust that has led to this motion being passed being generated".
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