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Council Regulations 15 of 2002

Made by Council on 26 June 2002

Other Committees

Part 23: Investment Committee

Amended on 1 March 2007, 18 March 2010, 12 May 2011 and 20 December 2013 (Gazette, Vol. 144, p. 170-172, 5 December 2013)

Renumbered on 28 July 2011

23.1. The Investment Committee shall consist of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor;

(2)-(6) at least five external persons appointed by Council, all of whom shall bring recent and relevant expertise of investment management to the working of the committee, and one of whom shall be appointed by Council to serve as chairman of the committee;

(7)-(8) up to two other members appointed by Council who shall have recent and relevant expertise of investment management.

23.2. The Director of Finance and the Chief Investment Officer of Oxford University Endowment Management Ltd ("OUEM") shall normally be in attendance at the meeting of the committee, but shall not have the right to vote.

23.3. All members of the committee shall serve for five years and shall be re-eligible for reappointment.

23.4. The committee shall be responsible for the strategic oversight and supervision of all funds invested by, or for the benefit of, the University (including any funds placed with the University by external bodies), except:

(1) those investments which Council determines to be the responsibility of the Finance Committee or other bodies; and

(2) those held by Societies or the Press.

23.5. In particular, the committee shall be responsible for:

(1) recommending to Council suitable investment objectives and, where relevant, distribution policies for the funds under its remit ("the Funds");

(2) setting investment policies, benchmarks, risk guidelines and investment restrictions for the Funds taking into account the agreed objectives and policies as set out in 23.5(1) and including those relating to socially responsible investment;

(3) evaluating, on a regular basis, the performance of the Funds against investment objectives and agreed benchmarks and compliance with all policies and guidelines relevant to the Funds;

(4) advising the Board of OUEM in the recruitment, support and appraisal of the Chief Investment Officer of OUEM and monitoring his or her performance;

(5) reporting to Council at least annually on the matters above and on such other matters as the committee sees fit.