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Guidelines, regulations and policies

The process of placing individual orders with suppliers is devolved to Schools, Faculties and Departments operating within the University's Finance Regulations and Procurement Procedures. The majority of goods and services are ordered using the central purchasing system and a purchase order is issued. Goods or services should not be supplied without a University purchase order.

The Procurement Manager is responsible for directly supporting all corporate, high value and strategic procurements as well as ensuring that the best long term value for money is obtained with regards to all goods and services. He also provides guidance on and promotes best practice for all purchasing across the University.

Public sector purchases are subject to various legislative requirements. Purchasing consortia ensure legislative compliance and aggregation of demand so that its contracts benefit from economies of scale and deliver contracts with maximum value for money. Bucks New University is a member of the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) and suppliers can register on their website to be informed of future tenders. The website address is www.supc.ac.uk

The other purchasing consortium used is the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) whose contracts are used by the whole of the public sector.

Commitment to Equal Opportunities
The University values inclusiveness and diversity and is committed to the principals of equal opportunities in all its activities. It endeavours to ensure that all staff, students and visitors are treated on the basis of their merits and abilities, and that no one suffers discrimination or disadvantage because of their gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

The University expects and requires its suppliers to similarly value inclusiveness.