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The University of Edinburgh

PRI reporting framework 2019

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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.

01.3. 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.  As a truly global university, rooted in Scotland's capital, we make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to the world.  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).

10,454 FTE

02.4. Additional information. [Optional]

Staff numbers refers to University staff (expressed as average full time equivalents during the year). See page 62 in our Annual Report and Accounts:

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.

Include the AUM of subsidiaries, but exclude advisory/execution only assets, and exclude the assets of your PRI signatory subsidiaries that you have chosen not to report on in OO 03.2
Total AUM
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds
Assets in USD
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds

04.4. Indicate the total assets at the end of your reporting year subject to an execution and/or advisory approach.

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

04.5. Additional information. [Optional]

For details, see page 69 of the University's Annual Report and Accounts.

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

06.1. Select how you would like to disclose your asset class mix.

Internally managed (%)
Externally managed (%)


Listed equity 0 0 >50% 58.2
Fixed income 0 0 10-50% 12
Private equity 0 0 <10% 0.5
Property <10% 5.8 10-50% 13.9
Infrastructure 0 0 0 0
Commodities 0 0 0 0
Hedge funds 0 0 0 0
Fund of hedge funds 0 0 0 0
Forestry 0 0 0 0
Farmland 0 0 0 0
Inclusive finance 0 0 <10% 0.1
Cash <10% 0.3 <10% 0.3
Money market instruments 0 0 0 0
Other (1), specify 0 0 <10% 7
Other (2), specify <10% 1.7 <10% 0.15

'Other (1)' specified

          This is the Aviva Multi-Asset Fund.

'Other (2)' specified

          This includes: Edinburgh University Press; Edinburgh Technology Fund; Old College Capital; and Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation Ltd.

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

06.3. Indicate whether your organisation has any off-balance sheet assets [Optional].

06.5. Indicate whether your organisation uses fiduciary managers.

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

OO 07. Fixed income AUM breakdown

07.1. Provide to the nearest 5% the percentage breakdown of your Fixed Income AUM at the end of your reporting year, using the following categories.

Externally managed
10 SSA
50 Corporate (financial)
25 Corporate (non-financial)
15 Securitised
Total 100%

OO 08. Segregated mandates or pooled funds

New selection options have been added to this indicator. Please review your prefilled responses carefully.
Provide a breakdown of your organisation’s externally managed assets between segregated mandates and pooled funds or investments.
Asset class breakdown
Segregated mandate(s)
Pooled fund(s) or pooled investment(s)

Total of the asset class

(each row adds up to 100%)

[a] Listed equity
[b] Fixed income - SSA
[c] Fixed income – Corporate (financial)
[d] Fixed income – Corporate (non-financial)
[e] Fixed income – Securitised
[f] Private equity
[g] Property
[j] Fund of hedge funds
[m] Inclusive finance
[n] Cash
[o] Money market instruments
[p] Other (1), specify
[q] Other (2), specify

08.2. Additional information. [Optional]

Please note that for previous page question (00 07) where there was no space for 'additional information' it should be noted that fixed Income AUM using PRI categorisations (OO 07) are estimates due to difference of categorisations on fund manager reports.  

OO 09. Breakdown of AUM by market (Not Completed)