This summer, Varsity has been working with the CUSU Socially Responsible Investment Campaign on an investigation into the investment practices of Cambridge colleges.

This has brought to light some colleges’ ethically irresponsible revenue streams, raising serious questions about the monetary source of the facilities and bursaries which we as students benefit so greatly from.

The University of Cambridge is the wealthiest university in the UK and in Europe. As of 2011 its endowment is valued at £4.3 billion, of which £2.7 billion is tied directly to the colleges.

Varsity report. You can read the full story here. 

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