Responsible investment

Learn about our main areas of progress in fossil fuel divestment, climate-positive investments, socially positive investments and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) reporting.

Why is responsible investment important?

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We have a significant investment portfolio.

Responsible investment gives us the opportunity to do good in the world and minimise harm.

These investments can also receive good, competitive, sustainable returns in a financial sense, over the long term.

  • Responsible investment takes into account environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors
  • Focuses investment on projects which have positive social value, improve the world around us, and help to provide opportunities for all
  • Thinks in long-term rather than short-term gains

Responsible investment underpins our Strategy 2030 vision and purpose to make the world a better place by addressing tomorrow's greatest challenges.

The University is seen as a global leader in responsible investment. 

Our Initiatives

Our approach

The University increasingly manages its investments to support environmentally and socially positive activities, thus contributing to a more sustainable global financial system. One of our strengths is that this approach is fully incorporated into the University's strategies and plans:

In 2013, we were the first University in Europe to become a signatory of the UN's Principles of Responsible Investment, now known as PRI. We report annually on our progress.

The University first created a Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) policy in 2003 which was revised in 2006. This policy sought to protect and enhance the long term value of the fund by ensuring the University was a responsible investor. The University's approach was then updated in 2016 to our Responsible Investment Policy Statement, which is overseen by the Investment Committee

What we don't invest in

In addition to fossil fuels, the University does not invest in:

  • tobacco stocks
  • Ultra Electronics, a British company serving the defence market
  • controversial armament investments, such as anti-personnel mines or chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.

Read our current list of investments for more information.

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