Universities in the UK are experiencing significant structural change, with a particular focus on their role and impact in society. We spoke to six investment committee members from a range of universities on an anonymous basis. As influential asset owners, we wanted to understand universities’ attitudes, behaviours and challenges when it comes to sustainable and impact investing.

As one of the investment committee members explained, they “themselves are social enterprises”. So it’s not surprising that their activities and operations are facing increasing scrutiny, including how they’re investing their own assets. Our findings are in this paper.