Explore our solutions for UK university and college endowments, pension schemes and treasuries

Risk warning

The value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up and an investor may get back less than the amount invested. Past performance is not a guide to future results.

The challenge

The investment and governance landscape is more complex than ever for universities and colleges. Institutions face the challenge of protecting the real value of assets in an environment of lower yields and higher inflation. At the same time, there's a growing focus on creating positive and measurable environmental and social impact through investment, going beyond the traditional exclusion-based approach to responsible investing which is well established in the sector.

Proven focus on sustainability

We believe it's possible for institutions to meet their sustainability objectives in investment without sacrificing a diversified and attractive opportunity set. Through active engagement and stewardship we have built a strong track record of delivering more sustainable outcomes across asset classes in both public and private markets.

Our value proposition

As an experienced partner for the education sector, we provide a full spectrum of capabilities – from end-to-end discretionary investment management to a broad array of individual funds. In doing so, we help institutions to meet their specific investment objectives, including long-term growth, income generation, liquidity management, and social or environmental impact alongside financial returns.

Capabilities in focus

Liquidity solutions

We offer a suite of liquidity products to meet your cash flow requirements with a primary focus on capital preservation,  while also seeking to deliver competitive returns.

Discretionary investment management

Our discretionary investment management service is supported by an established, well-resourced and experienced team of endowment and charity specialists.

Additional capabilities

Active Equities

Active equity investing can deliver real benefits for investors, the environment and society. We look to uncover the best investment opportunities through intensive, first-hand research and a disciplined process.


A valuable source of potential returns, portfolio diversification and managing downside risk.

Defined Benefit pension schemes

With our breadth of investment expertise, tailored solutions, and a focus on ESG, we work in partnership with our DB clients to help them achieve thier long-term objectives.


Blending a broad range of asset classes to target your risk-reward requirements.

Funds in focus

For investors looking to directly access pooled and segregated investment funds, we offer a broad array of strategies across the key asset classes with a strong focus on sustainable outcomes.


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For all our clients, including universities and colleges, we aim to provide a clear, transparent and industry-leading approach to sustainability in the investment process.

Our approach to climate change

Our principles – how we invest sustainably

Embed ESG factors
As active investors we aim to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into every stage of research, investment rating and selection, and portfolio construction.
Focus on client outcomes
We make it clear to our clients how we use our focus on sustainability to manage risk, optimise opportunity and act in their long-term interests.
Global reach
Leverage our influence
We work closely with governments, regulators and industry bodies across the world to advance policy, including those relating to social and environmental standards.
Be active stewards
We actively engage with companies and assets in which we invest to get better insight and encourage action that we believe will create long-term value, including in relation to ESG practice. We also vote at AGMs to drive change.

Key documents

Governance and active ownership

Together… we raise standards and transparency, building enduring trust.

Governance and active ownership

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