The University typically spends between £40m to £60m per annum with external suppliers on a diverse range of goods, services and works. This includes buying everything from office stationery to new building construction. Each financial year we use around 2,000 suppliers, ranging from locally based micro businesses to global multi-national corporations.
The University has a small specialist Procurement Team, whose activities are primarily directed towards planning and undertaking the procurement of high value contracts (above £50k excluding VAT).
The rest of the University’s purchases are made by devolved purchasers who are located in their own departments and are not directly controlled by the Procurement Team.
For these lower value purchases, governance and supporting procedures are in place to facilitate a self-service approach for these purchasers. You can find out more about these procedures on the Opportunities and Contracts Page.
Procurement Strategy & Category Management
The University’s Procurement Strategy sets out how the University will conduct its procurement activities. The strategy covers a number of key themes, including Value for Money, Risk Management, Performance Management and Collaboration.
The Procurement Team have implemented a category management structure, where spend categories are supported by dedicated procurement professionals. Category Managers work with departments to tender and manage contracts, delivering improvements to enhance value for money and contributing to the overall success of the University.
The University’s Procurement Team and areas of responsibility are listed below:
|Name and Title||Categories|
|Roger Holloway – Head of Procurement||N/A|
|Matthew Hird – Procurement Category Manager||ICT, Library, Utilities and Catering|
|Jena Arnold – Procurement Category Manger||Estates and Campus Services|
|Sarah Davey – Procurement Category Manager||Professional Services, Print, Travel and Marketing|
|Andrew Norburn – Insurance and Procurement Officer||Insurance|
Contact details can be found on the Staff Directory
Ethics / Reporting Concerns
The University aims to be fair and reasonable in its dealings with suppliers. If you have concerns about the conduct of University staff when undertaking procurement activity, these can be reported to Roger Holloway, Head of Procurement & Purchasing (Tel 01522 886762; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). Alternatively, concerns can be reported to the Chief Finance Officer, David Braham, initially via his EA Trisha Ramsay (Tel 01522 886791; email email@example.com).