Procurement Department

Supplier Zone

Information for Suppliers

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
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. 
Please also take note of the following University Policies and Guidance:
For information on how the University's suppliers are paid please follow the link to 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.

Contact the Procurement Team for further information






Supplier meeting  

Procurement Department

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

For queries please email