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Purchasing Guidance

This section provides guidance on purchasing processes and good practice.

Financial Business Case

In accordance with our financial Regulations requests to purchase goods and or equipment over the value of £25K must be supplemented by a business case for approval by senior management. In order to do this, please refer to your Planning unit Financial Accountant for further advice.



A quick guide on how to hold effective negotiation with suppliers.


A quick guide in how best to engage the services of consultants and the University's standard terms and conditions.

Whole Life Costing

In order to ensure the University derives best value from its purchases of good and equipment, it is important that you undertake a Whole Life costing exercise. This will usually be done with the guidance of your management accountant. This process should be done for all goods / equipment purchases over £50K.