Disarm UCL is a campaign which has widespread support among UCL students, staff and alumni. UCL Student Union fully supports the campaign.
It aims to get UCL to divest its shares in arms company Cobham plc, which profits significantly from the sale of military components. Cobham plc is the world's 46th largest arms producer by military revenue. UCL as a major university sets an important precedent for the whole sector. Its claim to be a 'global' university with a tradition of liberal ideals and social justice is undermined by its direct support of the 'global' arms trade.
The campaign has already been successful in achieving an ethical investment (ei) policy for UCL.
On 1 January 2009 UCL adopted its ethical investment policy.
Click here for the full text of the policy and to read about the ei review committee.
Members of the campaign have now oficially requested the review committee to divest from arms trader Cobham. Click here to read the letter.
Disarm UCL has put forward a policy proposal for ethical investment at UCL. Download the proposal here.
UCL alumni have been at the forefront of the campaign. Many have written to Provost Malcolm Grant informing him that they will not support UCL financially or otherwise as long as the investment in arms trader Cobham plc continues. More about the Disarm UCL alumni network here.
Please support the campaign and call on UCL to ditch the arms shares NOW !
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The Disarm UCL campaign has featured prominently in the international and national media:
The International Herald Tribune on Disarm UCL
The Guardian on "The Gower Street Gunrunners"
The New Statesman on "A global university without a global conscience"
For further information on the campaign and how to get involved please contatct us: email@example.com