Report of Discussion: The University response to the climate crisis beyond divestment 8 October 2019

Abstract

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, as a Regent I focused on transport as this is an area where my eleven years of experience of the University showed me there was plenty of room for improvement. Working with staff in Estate Management I discovered that some of our staff are better than we deserve, but they are hamstrung by a lack of political will in the committees and senior staff they report to. The University makes much of having the highest level of cycling of any UK university. This is mostly the result of the policy of banning undergraduates from keeping cars in the city and since all those responsible for that policy are long since dead it is past time for the living to do something which makes a real difference. While the University might have the highest level of cycling in the UK, it is nowhere near international levels of excellence and nowhere near the level required to address the climate crisis.