College Investments And Links To Chinese Companies and Universities

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Dear Wolfson College, Cambridge,

This is a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Could you please provide:

(1) A list of companies which the College holds stocks and shares in, specifying how many shares are held and the approximate value of the shareholding.

(2) A list of exchange traded funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, index funds, commodities, hedge funds, and bonds that the college has investments in, including the approximate value of each.

(3) In the case of any indirectly held or fund-based investments a breakdown of the companies invested in through the fund, including the percentage of the total fund made up by each holding.

(4) A list of donations from and other professorships, fellowships, institutes or any other academic opportunities funded by Chinese companies including, but not limited to:

- Huawei
- Alibaba
- Tencent
- China Electronics Technology Group Corporation
- Yitu
- Megvii
- SenseTime
- CloudWalk
- Hikvision

(5) A list of any other instances of cooperation, academic or otherwise, between the College and universities and companies based in China.

If you are to invoke Section 43 to withhold information in relation to any of these questions please note you must provide details of the exact FOIA exemption, details of who would be prejudiced by this information, and a public interest test justifying a conclusion with arguments for and against the release of the information.

If you are to invoke Section 12 to withhold information in relation to any of these questions please provide details of how locating, retrieving and extracting this information would exceed the appropriate limit of £450 as set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. Please also be aware of your duty under section 16 (1) of the Act to advise and assist me in narrowing my request to bring it within the appropriate limit.

Thank you very much for your assistance with this request. If you would like any clarification on the information I have asked for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to receiving your response in the next 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Oliver Walsh

Freedom of Information, Wolfson College, Cambridge

Dear Mr Walsh,

Thank you for your request for information about Wolfson College's investments. In answer to your questions:

1 The College does not hold stocks and shares directly.
2 The College holds units in the Cambridge University Endowment Fund and in two Schroder Private Equity Funds. The value of these holdings is reported in the College's annual financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2020 (note 11): https://www.wolfson.cam.ac.uk/sites/defa...
3 The College does not hold information about the breakdown of companies included in any of these funds.
4 The College does not hold information about donations from and other professorships, fellowships, institutes or any other academic opportunities funded by Chinese companies including, but not limited to those companies listed in your request.
5 The College does not hold information about any other instances of cooperation, academic or otherwise, between the College and universities and companies based in China.

Kind regards

Joanna Cheffins
Bursar
Wolfson College
Cambridge

Tel. (01223) (3)35939

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