Procurement Services

The University of Chester operates in a devolved manner.  Departments have responsibility for their own budgets and in how they spend that money. However, departments also have to spend their budgets with approved suppliers.

An approved supplier is considered to be a supplier which has been successful in a University or a consortium tender exercise, or for some substantial reason have earned the right to the title of approved and to whom ongoing University business for contracted items should be directed.  The majority of goods and services purchases made are in accordance with contracts following tenders created either by the University or through collaboration with a number of regional HE consortia, such as the North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC).

University of Chester contracts which exceed the European thresholds for public sector procurement are tendered through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and in accordance with OJEU regulations.  Contracts which do not exceed the thresholds for OJEU tendering are awarded through a competitive tender process, in line with the University's Procurement Policy and Financial Regulations.  Publicly advertised tenders are conducted via the University's portal on the In-Tend e-tendering system.  Suppliers who wish to participate in forthcoming tender opportunities for University of Chester are encouraged to register their details in full on the University's In-Tend portal to receive notification of advertised tenders. The University of Chester's e-tendering portal can be accessed here.