UCL and the arms trade

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Dear University College London,

I am writing to request information on the investments our
university holds in the arms trade (specifically, but not limited to BAE Systems, Rolls
Royce, GKN, Smiths Group, Cobham, VT Group, General Dynamics,
General Electric, Halliburton, L3 Communications, Northrup Grumman
and Raytheon). Please include the following information:

1) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the university has
received in research funding from arms trade companies in the last
five financial years. Details should be broken down for each
company, year-by-year for the last five financial years.

2) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the university has
received in the form of industrial consultancy and industrial
research fees from arms trade companies in the last five financial
years. Details should be broken down for
each company, year-by-year for the last five financial years.

3) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the university has
received in research funding from the Ministry of Defence over the
last five financial years. Details should be broken down,
year-by-year for the last five financial
years.

4) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the university has
received in the form of industrial consultancy and industrial
research fees from the Ministry of Defence over the last five
financial years. Details should be broken down, year-by-year for
the last five financial years.

5) A portfolio statement for the fund(s) our university
has investments in. If you do not have a copy of this, please send
me a list of the names of the fund(s) and the corresponding
management companies. Details should be broken down, year-by-year for
the last five financial years.

6) Please also confirm if any shares are held in the above companies
as part of a pension fund or endowment, either directly or
indirectly through an externally managed fund. Details should be broken down, year-by-year for the last five financial years.

I would wholeheartedly encourage the university to adopt an ethical
investment policy that excludes the arms trade, and would
appreciate it if you could tell me if this is something that the
university is working towards.

Yours faithfully,
Elliot Murphy

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Dear Elliot Murphy

 

I am writing in response to your request which we received  on the 4 May
2016.

 

I am writing to request information on the investments our university
holds in the arms trade (specifically, but not limited to BAE Systems,
Rolls Royce, GKN, Smiths Group, Cobham, VT Group, General Dynamics,
General Electric, Halliburton, L3 Communications, Northrup Grumman and
Raytheon). Please include the following information:

 

1) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the university has received
in research funding from arms trade companies in the last five financial
years. Details should be broken down for each company, year-by-year for
the last five financial years.

 

2) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the university has received
in the form of industrial consultancy and industrial research fees from
arms trade companies in the last five financial years. Details should be
broken down for each company, year-by-year for the last five financial
years.

 

3) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the university has received
in research funding from the Ministry of Defence over the last five
financial years. Details should be broken down, year-by-year for the last
five financial years.

 

4) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the university has received
in the form of industrial consultancy and industrial research fees from
the Ministry of Defence over the last five financial years. Details should
be broken down, year-by-year for the last five financial years.

 

5) A portfolio statement for the fund(s) our university has investments
in. If you do not have a copy of this, please send me a list of the names
of the fund(s) and the corresponding management companies. Details should
be broken down, year-by-year for the last five financial years.

 

6) Please also confirm if any shares are held in the above companies as
part of a pension fund or endowment, either directly or indirectly through
an externally managed fund. Details should be broken down, year-by-year
for the last five financial years.

 

UCL does not hold specific business areas against funders, so we have
included funds received for the last five financial years from
organisations which

 

a)      are specifically listed in your request

b)      are subsidiaries of those listed

c)      appear in on-line lists of arms trade-related companies source
([1]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Companies_...).

 

The data is grouped by College financial year and Funder, with MoD/related
funders grouped separately.  Non-MoD funders include overseas Governmental
Defence Agencies, notably Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency
(DARPA).  For example the DARPA make up 50% of the non MoD-related income
reported here, however £1.25m (70%) of this is for research into brain
function relating to injury recovery.

 

The data covers 126 projects (including Mod-related), 57% of which are
studentships.  Studentships account for 55% of the MoD-related income
overall, and 15% of the income from the other funders including the large
DARPA projects. 

 

You will also find a report which provides data of project funding from
industrial consultancy and research fees for the last five financial
years, including 2015-2016 (YTD Apr 16).

 

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