5.7 University of Stirling

The University of Stirling’s socially responsible investment policy states that the university “will use all reasonable endeavours” to ensure, among other aims, that it avoids investment in “organisations that trade in armaments and tobacco”. This exclusion implicitly covers nuclear weapons producers.

We commend the university having policy that excludes arms companies from investment. However, we have been unable to verify whether this policy has been comprehensively applied. We requested a list of companies that the university invests in under freedom of information but the university sent us a list of the trusts and funds where its investments are held. At least one of the trusts listed (Murray Income Trust plc) holds shares in a company that undertakes nuclear weapons work (Rolls Royce).

If you’re a student at the University of the Stirling and you’re concerned about the university’s investments, you can contact CAAT Universities (https://caatunis.net/) or People and Planet (https://peopleandplanet.org/) for information about how to get involved in divestment campaigns.