May 2008

The University Council approves a Statement of Investment Responsibility, which was updated in May 2016 to specifically include ethical responsibility.

May 2015

The Advisory Committee on Benefactions and External and Legal Affairs (ACBELA) is established, tasked with evaluating investment decisions made by the University.

October 2015

The Cambridge Zero Carbon Society launches its divestment campaign to tackle climate change.

November 2015
April 2016

A 74-page report is written by Zero Carbon Society members. A petition calling for full divestment gathers over 2,000 signatures.

January 2017

Regent House approves a Grace, submitted by 140 members, calling for full divestment from fossil fuels.

May 2017

The University Council establishes a second divestment working group, with two student representatives.

November 2017

The Paradise Papers reveal the University’s use of tax havens, and specify investments channelled principally to oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell.

March 2018

One of the student representatives on the University’s divestment working group, resigns in protest of its draft report, which recommends only partial divestment.

March 2018

Zero Carbon pursues escalating action, culminating in their largest march to date and a banner drop at the annual Oxbridge boat race.

April 2018

The report of the University’s working group on divestment is submitted to the University Council, kicking off discussions which will ultimately culminate in Monday’s historic decision.

May 2018

Three students go on hunger strike five days before the University Council’s decision. Zero Carbon graffiti Old Schools and occupy Greenwich House.