College Investments And Links To Chinese Companies and Universities

Sam made this Freedom of Information request to Pembroke College, Cambridge

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Dear Pembroke 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,

Sam

Becky Coombs, Pembroke College, Cambridge

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Becky

Dear Pembroke College, Cambridge,

I am writing in regards to my Freedom of Information request titled 'College Investments And Links To Chinese Companies and Universities'. As the request was sent on the 18th July 2021, I should have received a response by the 16th of August, taking into account the twenty-one day response window for Freedom of Information requests. This is a legal requirement, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am enquiring on whether my response will be followed up in coming weeks. I appreciate that during the holiday period the college's FOI Officer may not have been following requests as thoroughly as in term time.

Yours faithfully,

Sam

Becky Coombs, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Our investment statement is available on our website: https://www.pem.cam.ac.uk/college/about-...

Dr Becky Coombs
College Registrar
Pembroke College
Cambridge
01223 338112

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Dear Becky Coombs,

Thank you for sending the investment portfolio. May you please also provide the information I have requested in question 5: a list of any other instances of cooperation, academic or otherwise, between the College and universities and companies based in China.

Yours sincerely,

Sam Sleeman

Becky Coombs, Pembroke College, Cambridge

I have never received the first FOI request ... which is possibly why you didn't get a response!

Dr Becky Coombs
College Registrar
Pembroke College
Cambridge
01223 338112

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Dear Becky Coombs,

My apologies, the original request is available to view here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c.... There is a possibility it may have entered a junk/spam inbox, as is covered here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/help/offi....

Since you did not receive the original request, I am more than happy to wait if you need time responding to the question regarding other instances of cooperation, academic or otherwise, between the College and universities and companies based in China

Yours sincerely,

Sam Sleeman