Positive investment and social finance
The University has invested more than £150 million in low carbon technology, climate-related research and businesses that directly benefit the environment since 2010.
Investing for Good - a Social Enterprise and Social Investment Strategy
In December 2019, the University approved a new Social Enterprise and Social Investment Strategy that sets out the University's vision to be recognised as the leading UK university for social enterprise and investments by academic year 2023-24. The University will do this by taking a rigorous approach to investments that deliver an acceptable return, whilst also delivering multiple benefits for society, the economy and the environment.
Recent social investments
Nov 2020: University invests £5 million in green projects
The University has invested £5 million in green projects after becoming the first university in the UK to sign up to HSBC’s new green deposits programme. THe University also received an overall score of A in an annual assessment by the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, the world's leading proponent of responsible investment.
Nov 2020: University encourages HEIs to make social impact investments
Dave Gorman, the University's Director of Social Responsibility & Sustainability, co-authors a blog for Big Society Capital setting out the University's approach to social impact investing and calling for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to work with each other and the social impact investment sector to achieve greater social impact.
£60m low carbon investment
The University has moved £60m of its investments into businesses that directly benefit the environment. The money has been invested in two dedicated funds that support a cleaner, more sustainable and climate-friendly future.
£1.5m social enterprise investment
The University has committed to invest £1.5 million in Big Issue Invest, a social investment organisation which is a group of subsidiaries of the Big Issue Magazine Group, one of the best known social enterprises in the United Kingdom. The investment is used to offer loans to social enterprise, charities and profit-with-purpose businesses.
£500,000 of the total investment is with Power Up Scotland.
Find out more about why the University invests in social enterprises.
Student-run social investment fund
Prosper is the first student-run social investment fund in the UK; founded and run entirely by students at the University of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Local community grants scheme
The Edinburgh Local Community Grants scheme supports the development of projects, community activities and sustainable local action.