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University of Cambridge and Newton Investment Management announce partnership on long-horizon investing

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The University of Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for Endowment Asset Management has entered into a five-year partnership with Newton Investment Management, part of BNY Mellon. This partnership will enable the Centre to further extend its research and educational efforts in the area of long-horizon investing. In recognition of this support, the unit will be renamed the Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management.

Commenting on the new support arrangement and her firm’s partnership with Cambridge, Newton Chief Executive, Helena Morrissey CBE, said:

Newton has been a long-term supporter of the Centre for Endowment Asset Management. We share the Centre’s commitment to helping long-horizon investors make appropriate investment decisions. We look forward to collaborating with Professor Elroy Dimson and his team, and furthering the understanding of investment decisions and their impact on institutional returns. This underlines our commitment to the not-for-profit and charities sector.

Newton believes in the importance of independent academic research, and the potential for long-term value creation through bridging the gaps between research, practice and policy. This complements the Centre’s aim of furthering academic knowledge and practitioner understanding of key themes linked to long-term investing. As well as the opportunities and challenges for long-horizon investors, the Centre’s agenda includes historical perspectives on current investment concerns and research on responsible investment strategies.

Centre Chairman, Professor Elroy Dimson, explained that:

The partnership with Newton will reinforce the University’s ongoing collaboration with practitioners, academics and organisations that take a long-term view of investment. Under the leadership of founding Academic Director Dr David Chambers, the Centre will be a global focus for research and education among academic institutes, asset owners and investment professionals.

The Centre’s plans include the seventh iteration of the Endowment Asset Management Programme – an annual three-day forum held at the University of Cambridge, which brings together practitioners and academics with an interest in long-horizon investing. In March 2015, the Programme will, for the first time, include sovereign wealth funds alongside foundations, charities, endowments and family offices from around the world.

The Centre aims to continue publishing in the world’s most highly rated academic and practitioner journals. There is also a commitment to developing case studies of leading long-term investors to be used for interactive classroom teaching. Other activities include a biennial academic conference run in collaboration with the Vienna University of Economics and Business and supported by the POK Pühringer Foundation, and an annual research prize awarded in conjunction with the Commonfund Institute.

The Director of Cambridge Judge Business School, Professor Christoph Loch, added:

The Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management, with its emphasis on rigorous research combined with practical relevance, is an exciting initiative. Cambridge Judge Business School values scholarship that has an impact on business and society, and Newton’s support is greatly valued by the School.

Newton’s relationship with the University of Cambridge is built on a foundation of academic and sporting excellence. Newton has been the title sponsor of the Women’s Boat Race of Cambridge and Oxford Universities since a partnership was formed in 2010. The initiative aims to support and promote the development and improvement of the standard of women’s rowing clubs and equality in the sport. Newton’s parent company, BNY Mellon, is the title sponsor of the men’s race, held on the River Thames each spring. The two firms are working towards parity for the Women’s Boat Race and the Men’s Boat Race, in a joint initiative that will bring The Newton Women’s Boat Race to the Tideway in 2015, ensuring both events take place on the same day over the same historic Putney to Mortlake course.