Teach Peace, not War

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According to a recent FOI request, the University of Essex currently organises employability events which include companies whose main area of business is the production of weapons and military systems.

Whilst we recognise working in these sectors is a matter of personal choice, we the undersigned believe that Universities should put an emphasis on using knowledge for improving human lives everywhere, rather than to facilitate the killing of other human beings.

We are especially concerned in light of recent news that British produced weaponry is being used by Saudi Arabia to commit crimes against humanity in Yemen, the last of many incidents in which legally sold armaments have been used to violate humanitarian and international law.

We strongly believe that our University, which prides itself for its international student population, has the moral duty to take a stance on the matter and should not encourage its students to choose a career in a sector that exists for the sole purpose of designing new and more effective way to take lives.

Therefore we ask the University of Essex to change its criteria for the selection of prospective employers for all future Employability events, and choose to promote life-giving careers over life-taking ones.


This campaign has also been signed by:

  • Rt Revd Roger Morris (Bishop of Colchester)

This campaign is supported by these University groups:

  • Progressive Christians (SCM)
  • Anglican Chaplaincy
  • Methodist Chaplaincy
  • Congregational Chaplaincy
  • University of Essex Liberty League
  • Essex Islamic Society
  • Palestinian Solidarity Group
  • Humanist Society
  • Amnesty International Society
  • University of Essex Young Greens
  • University of Essex Christian Union