We use our finance and business skills to structure sustainable cost-effective initiatives and leverage our funds and those of our partners to maximise risk adjusted returns. At one end of the investment spectrum our focus is entirely on educational returns and at the other end entirely on financial returns but an increasing proportion of our investments now fall somewhere between the two.

We welcome approaches from individuals and institutions interested in working with us to develop and participate in new investment ideas.

Examples of our investments are:

Centre for Commonwealth Education

4.5 million pounds to create a central hub for sharing and developing best practice in primary and secondary education across the Commonwealth in partnership with the University of Cambridge.

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Foundations of Teaching for Learning

450,000 pounds to develop and deliver an 8-course foundation teaching programme on the Coursera® MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform to over 100,000 teachers worldwide. Coursera is a US based education company founded by Daphne Koller, the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the Computer Science Department and Andrew Ng, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, US.

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1886 Investments

6.5 million pounds to enable our commercial subsidiary to create sustainable, profitable businesses in the education sector.

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LOOK (Lifestyle of our Kids) Study

2.5 million pounds to undertake a five year multi-disciplinary longitudinal study with academics and doctors from Australia National University, Canberra Hospital, the University of Canberra, Deakin University and CSIRO to measure the activity levels and nutritional intake of 750 children in Australia and investigate the influence of physical education. In 2010 we gifted the study, including the valuable data set, to Australia National University to facilitate further research.

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