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The University of Edinburgh

PRI reporting framework 2017

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Basic Information

OO 01. Signatory category and services

01.1. Select the type that best describes your organisation or the services you provide.

01.2. Additional information. [Optional]

The University of Edinburgh was granted its charter in 1582 and opened its doors to its first class of students in October 1583.  Our mission is to discover, develop and share knowledge. As a centre of academic excellence we aim to:

  • provide the highest-quality research-led teaching and learning;
  • challenge the boundaries of knowledge, research and disciplines;
  • enable our graduates and staff to be exceptional individuals equipped to address global challenges;
  • promote good health, economic growth, cultural understanding and social well-being.

This report is in relation to the University of Edinburgh 'Endowment and Investment Fund' which contains both endowment and treasury money (previously the Endowment Fund).  For benchmarking and comparison purposes we have classified this fund as 'Endowment' within the PRI reporting. 

For detailed information about the University visit and for information on its investments see:

OO 02. Headquarters and operational countries

02.1. Select the location of your organisation’s headquarters.

United Kingdom

02.2. Indicate the number of countries in which you have offices (including your headquarters).

02.3. Indicate the approximate number of staff in your organisation in full-time equivalents (FTE).

9557 FTE

02.4. Additional information. [Optional]

Staff numbers refers to University staff (expressed as average full time equivalents during the year). 

OO 03. Subsidiaries that are separate PRI signatories

03.1. Indicate whether you have subsidiaries within your organisation that are also PRI signatories in their own right.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]

OO 04. Reporting year and AUM

04.1. Indicate the year end date for your reporting year.


04.2. Indicate your total AUM at the end of your reporting year, excluding subsidiaries you have chosen not to report on.

Total AUM
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds
Assets in USD
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds

04.4. Additional information. [Optional]

This includes the University of Edinburgh Endowment and Investment Fund of £435,656,000  as well as £34,627,000 in other fixed assets investments.  See page 79 of the Annual Report and Accounts.

OO 06. How would you like to disclose your asset class mix

New selection options have been added to this indicator. Please review your prefilled responses carefully.

06.1. How you would like to disclose your asset class mix.

Internally managed (%)
Externally managed (%)


Listed equity 0 0 >50% 58.4
Fixed income 0 0 0 0
Private equity 0 0 0 0
Property <10% 4 10-50% 16.3
Infrastructure 0 0 0 0
Commodities 0 0 0 0
Hedge funds 0 0 <10% 9.2
Forestry 0 0 0 0
Farmland 0 0 0 0
Inclusive finance 0 0 0 0
Cash 0 0 <10% 1.5
Other (1), specify 0 0 <10% 9.9
Other (2), specify 0 0 <10% 0.7

'Other (1)' specified

          Kames is categorised as high yield and fixed interest.

'Other (2)' specified

          Old College Capital (OCC) is classified as Venture Capital

06.2. Publish our asset class mix as per attached image [Optional].

06.3. Provide contextual information on your AUM asset class split. [Optional]

Equities:  Includes holdings with Baillie Gifford, BlackRock and Northern Trust.

Property:  Includes internal Deconness investment and holdings with Hermes Property Unit Trust and Savills.

Hedge Funds: Includes Aviva holdings.

Cash: Includes Baillie Gifford and Edinburgh University.

Other:  High Yield: Includes Kames High Yield Global Bond Fund.  For year ending August 2015 Kames holding was classified under fixed income but this was further reviewed .Although we don’t get a fixed rate of interest the fund is invested in fixed interest bonds.

Other: Venture Capital: Includes Old College Capital (OCC) holdings.



OO 07. Fixed income AUM breakdown (Not Applicable)

OO 08. Segregated mandates or pooled funds (Private)

OO 09. Breakdown of AUM by market

09.1. Indicate the breakdown of your organisation’s AUM by market.



Developed Markets



Emerging, Frontier and Other Markets


09.2. Additional information. [Optional]