Procurement Department

Supplier Zone

Role of the Procurement team

      The University of Nottingham is one of the UK's leading and most enterprising universities, committed to providing a truly inspiring and international education and producing world-leading research.

With non-pay expenditure in excess of £260m pa, the Procurement Team are responsible for providing effective, efficient and sustainable procurement of goods and services in order to ensure value for money and corporate responsibility University-wide.  Most purchasing actions are conducted by Schools/Departments and the role of the Procurement Team is to support and partner Schools/Departments to facilitate good working purchasing practice. The aim of our Purchasing is to facilitate the acquisition of reasonably priced, high quality goods and services to end users while preserving organisational and financial accountability.


Supplier Categories

The University has over 25,000 supplies and each is categorised into a different group depending on the level of spend with them and whether there is an on-going requirement to use them.

Suppliers are categorised according to the following:


A one to one relationship exists with a supplier.  A corporate single source agreement will be in place. 


There are an agreed number of suppliers for the same product or service with a corporate agreement which has been EU tendered and managed by the Procurement Department.


Suppliers in this category have been assessed as satisfactory suppliers for School/Department requirements.


Confirmed suppliers are those which have been requested by Schools/Departments and accepted by the Procurement Department. The acceptance process will be:

  • no preferred or partnership supplier is currently in use for an identical requirement

  • there will be continuing demands on the supplier


Coates Road to remain pedestrianised

From Monday 6th September 2021 the barrier on Coates Road between BDI and Coates Building will be put into use. It will be closed between 08:30AM and 06:00PM Monday to Friday.

All vehicular access to the delivery bays adjacent to the Engineering Laboratories must enter from Science Road.

Working with the University of Nottingham

If you are interested in working with The University of Nottingham or to view tender opportunities and current contracts follow the link to our e-tendering and contract portal 'In-tend'. The system is used by the majority of Higher Education Sector Universities and suppliers are welcome to register their interest and check frequently for tender opportunities. 

In-tend (e-tendering and contract portal)

Please also take note of the following University Policies, Guidance and information.

Anti-Bribery Policy


Conditions of Contract

Conflict of Interests/Gifts and Hospitality

Fraud (Fake web-domains, advice against fraud)

Freedom of Information (FOI) Policy

HGV Access

Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA)

SciQuest (Supplier advice)

Tenders (In-tend, Supplier Guide)



For information on how the University's suppliers are paid please see the following link.

Supplier Payments

Important note

Suppliers should be aware that invoices must quote a University purchase order to ensure that payments are generated with the minimum of delay. The order number should be provided by a University representative at the time of requesting goods and/or services.

Please contact us via email for further information.


Members of staff can also view more information on the Procurement team's Suppliers workspace page.

Procurement - Suppliers Workspace (staff log-in required)

Supplier meeting 

Coates Road to remain pedestrianised


COVID-19 Contractor Guidance August 2020































Procurement Department

King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

For queries please email