The University of York is committed to continuing our progress to make our activities more sustainable, in support of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In working towards its sustainability strategy, the University has set up the Ethics Framework Governance Committee. This committee has delegated authority to oversee the effectiveness of the governance of the ethics framework of the University. Further details on the committee can be found on the governance pages.
In 2019 the University committed to divest from fossil fuel companies. This programme of divestment has been completed and the University no longer holds investments in fossil fuel companies, as announced by Vice Chancellor Charlie Jeffery in his inaugural speech.
The University is a responsible investor and has committed to responsible investment in its statement on responsible investment.
To find out more, see the University of York Statement on Responsible Investment (PDF , 376kb), which acts as the University's ethical investment policy.
The University of York classifies its endowments inline with the Statement of Recommended Practice - Accounting for further and higher education 2019. Permanent (restricted and unrestricted) endowments are invested with a long term focus and details of those permanent endowment investments are detailed in the annual publication of endowment investment funds. The University is a responsible investor and the investment of endowments follows the University Ethical Investing Policy.
The University may also receive expendable endowments or donations which the University will invest alongside its own cash investments.
The below details the endowment investments that were held as at 31 July 2019.
|Asset code||Asset name||University porfolio value (GBP)|
|B7FQJT3||RATHBONE ETHICAL BD INST (INC)||834,150.42|
|BYMLFR0||CF TROJAN ETHICAL INC 'S' RET (INC)||553,554.85|
|208075||CHARITIES PROPERTY FUND||269,246.92|
|B0517P1||PROPERTY INC TST FOR CHARITIES RET (INC)||386,187.07|
The below details the endowment investments that were held as at 31 July 2018.
|Asset code||Asset name||University portfolio value (GBP)|
|B7MT2J6||ROYAL LONDON ETHICAL BD M (INC)||820,936.64|
|B7FQJT3||RATHBONE ETHICAL BD INST (INC)||814,637.89|
|549462||M&G CHARIFUND INC||490,145.61|
|BF784G5||SCHRODER CAZENOVE CHARITY EQ INC 'A' (INC)||461,355.15|
|BYMLFR0||CF TROJAN ETHICAL INC 'S' RET (INC)||500,536.85|
|3387454||FIRST STATE STEWART GBL EMRG MKTS LDRS 'B' (ACC)||472,902.02|
|683382||ABERDEEN ETHICAL WLD INST (INC)||696,946.48|
|B75JDT0||SARASIN SOCIALLY RESP 'P' INST (INC)||637,265.37|
|BYP45J8||ALLIANZ GBL SUST 'RT' EUR INST (ACC)||759,046.02|
|208075||CHARITIES PROPERTY FUND||268,113.00|
|B0517P1||PROPERTY INC TST FOR CHARITIES RET (INC)||391,689.68|
|RVEUR||Revenue Account (EUR)||2,234.37|
The below details the endowment investments that were held as at 31 July 2017.
|Asset code||Asset name||University portfolio value (GBP)||Donated shares* value (GBP)|
|B7MT2J6||ROYAL LONDON ETHICAL BD M (INC)||840,220.39|
|B7FQJT3||RATHBONE ETHICAL BD INST (INC)||835,988.86|
|B0CL505||BANCO SANTANDER EUR0.50 (REGD) (CDI)||308,386.16|
|870612||LLOYDS BKG GRP ORD GBP0.10||36,069.00|
|790873||SSE ORD GBP0.50||19,526.64|
|3091357||BT GRP ORD GBP0.05||2,069.10|
|709954||PRUDENTIAL ORD GBP0.05||94,026.24|
|BH4HKS3||VODAFONE GRP PLC ORD $0.2095238||107,101.68|
|B03MLX2||ROYAL DUTCH SHELL 'A' EUR0.07 (GBP)||16,509.42|
|925288||GLAXOSMITHKLINE ORD GBP0.25||18,052.84|
|136701||BRIT LAND CO ORD 25p||28,400.46|
|549462||M&G CHARIFUND (INC)||484,765.13|
|3231164||SCHRODER EQ INC TR FOR CHARITIES INST (INC)||456,230.02|
|BYMLFR0||CF TROJAN ETHICAL INC 'S' RET (INC)||485,824.14|
|3387454||FIRST STATE STEWART GBL EMRG MKTS LDRS 'B' (ACC)||448,558.36|
|683382||ASI GBL ETHICAL EQ 'I' (INC)||650,268.69|
|B75JDT0||SARASIN SOCIALLY RESP 'P' INST (INC)||585,855.72|
|BYP45J8||ALLIANZ GBL SUST 'RT' EUR INST (ACC)||696,846.36|
|208075||CHARITIES PROPERTY FUND||252,966.43|
|B0517P1||PROPERTY INC TST FOR CHARITIES RET (INC)||252,966.43|
* These shares were donated to the University and made available for sale to re-invest alongside the University portfolio.
The University reports on expenses for each of its members of University Executive Board (UEB). Specific expenses relating to each member are included under the ‘Meet the board’ section of the webpages. Click through to each individual board member for their individual expenses reports.
The University publishes its reports and financial statements annually. The accounts since 2009 are below, earlier years are available from the University Library.