Procurement Office


Welcome to the Procurement Office website. Our primary role is to ensure that value for money is obtained for all bought in goods, services and works by working with you and acting as the interface between the university and suppliers to ensure that your needs are properly met.

The University is a publicly funded organisation and is therefore subject to The Public Contract Regulations 2015.

The over-riding procurement policy requirement is that all public procurement must be based on value for money, defined as “the best mix of quality and effectiveness for the least outlay over the period of use of the goods or services bought”. This should be achieved through competition, unless there are compelling reasons to the contrary.

Public sector procurement is subject to a legal framework which encourages free and open competition and value for money, in line with internationally and nationally agreed obligations and regulations. As part of its strategy, the University aligns procurement policies with this legal framework, as well as with its wider policy objectives.

Legal obligations

Public procurement is subject to the EU Treaty principles of:

  • non-discrimination     
  • free movement of goods
  • freedom to provide services
  • freedom of establishment
  • equality of treatment
  • transparency
  • mutual recognition
  • proportionality

The Procurement Office exists to offer advice and guidance in abiding by these principles as well as conducting procurement activity on the University's behalf.

These pages contain the buyers' guide, information on research funded equipment, how and when to use Purchasing Cards and the University of Sussex draft travel guidelines. 

Information on Estates and Facilities Management can be found here

If you need further help, to contact the Procurement team, please click here

Ian McKee

Head of Commercial Contracts