Sustainability and Ethical Procurement


The University takes sustainability seriously and where possible incorporates environmental considerations into its purchasing decisions. The University’s Estates Team web pages (here) showcase the work that the University is doing, and has done, to become more environmentally sustainable.

When issuing tenders and requests for quotes, sustainability will often be built into our requirements and/or used in the assessment of a supplier’s response or capability.


Modern slavery is an overarching term to describe all forms of contemporary slavery including human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced, bonded and child labour. The University publishes an annual Anti-Slavery Statement which sets out the steps the University has taken, and will be taking, to address this issue.

When selecting suppliers for University contracts, we may seek evidence from our suppliers on the steps they have taken to combat modern slavery in their organisation and supply chains, particularly on areas that we’ve identified as being high risk.

We may request copies of modern slavery statements from suppliers, publishing a statement is a legal requirement for commercial organisations whose turnover is greater than £36 million, and we expect our suppliers to work with us on anti-slavery matters. The government has produced useful guidance (here) on the legal requirements for a statement and tips on how businesses can tackle modern slavery. This guidance also provides links to a range of useful resources on this subject.

Failing to maintain an up-to-date modern slavery statement, for those organisations which require one, may result in being excluded from consideration for a tender opportunity. The requirement for publishing statements is an annual one, meaning that statements need to be revised each year before they are published.

Opportunities for students

The University expects its suppliers to work with us to offer opportunities and developments for our graduates. In return suppliers get access to a pool of high quality graduates. One of the ways the Procurement Team helps with this is by including Careers and Employability obligations in University contracts that are of significant value. Suppliers are required to participate in initiatives, such as mock interviews or employability mentoring.

The University’s Careers and Employability Team also welcome opportunities to support graduate employability, further details are available here.

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