ENCAENIA, the ancient Oxford University awards ceremony, will today have a parody event running alongside it this year entitled Insania.

Extinction Rebellion Oxford is planning to provide its own procession, with ‘awards’ for TV presenter David Attenborough and climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Oxford Mail:

At the official ceremony honorary degrees will be awarded to eight honorands including Professor Sir Simon Wessely, of The Royal Society of Medicine.

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Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman Hazel Dawe said: “The Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford has told students that ‘Divestment will not have any tangible impact against climate change; it’s better to focus on research and green campus initiatives. This is muddled thinking and ignores the fact that the university’s international reputation requires it to show leadership and divest from fossil fuels.”

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Ms Dawe added that the mock procession would include’ academics with ‘oil’ spattered T-shirts and a skeleton’ followed by a ceremony on the steps of the Clarendon building at 11am.

An Oxford University spokesperson said: "Oxford University is aware of plans for the Extinction Rebellion event on the morning of June 26.

Oxford Mail:

"We are working with Thames Valley Police and the event’s organisers to ensure that the protest is peaceful, and does not disrupt the Encaenia ceremony.”