Protesters up in arms over university's shares in arms trade

Researchers from the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) asked all of the UK's universities for details of investments in several top arms companies, including BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and the Smiths Group, which the group claims have been involved in the supply of weapons to oppressive regimes.

CAAT today said Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh confirmed that it held shares in BAE Systems worth £559.77 as of March this year.

The UK's universities own shares in the arms trade worth over £15 million, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by CAAT.

Protest targets university's arms trade shares (Evening News, 14 November 2006)