The Procurement Section is based within the Finance Office. We are responsible for supporting the University to maximise the contribution that procurement makes to the University’s expenditure in teaching and research so that the University can deliver more with the funds that they have available.

Operationally Procurement provides support by:

  • Ensuring compliance with procurement procedures and processes
  • Increasing the University’s utilisation of collaborative agreements
  • Facilitating cross functional collaboration
  • Facilitating collaboration with other Universities and Colleges 
  • Improving engagement with and management of supplier relations
  • Developing and continuously improving procurement skills, capability and capacity
  • Encouraging continuous improvement and the identification of areas of opportunity for development

Collaborative Agreements through Procurement Consortiums/Centres of Excellence

Where possible, the University will utilise existing agreements competitively tendered through Scottish and UK Procurement Consortiums/Centres of Excellence.

The main consortiums used by the University are:

  • APUC
  • Scottish Procurement
  • Other UK University Purchasing Consortium
  • Crown Commercial Service

Where agreements are not available the University will use the following guidelines to procure through means of quotation exercises or competitive tenders.

The University’s Procurement Processes are in line with the Scottish Government’s Procurement Journey but further explanation of the public sector procurement process and what we will expect you do to at each stage is detailed in the Supplier Journey.     

Advertising our requirements

In line with Scottish Government guidelines, the University will advertise all procurements above £50,000 on Public Contracts Scotland or through Public Contacts Scotland – Tender   the Scottish Public Sector eTendering Tool.

As a potential supplier to the University, you should register with Public Contracts Scotland to be alerted of any procurement opportunities within the University.

The University’s Buyer Profile on PCS can be found here.

The University's Contract Register can be found here.

Supply Chain Code of Conduct

During the competitive tender exercise you will be expected to sign up to the GCU Supply Chain Code of Conduct.  GCU is committed to carrying out procurement activities in an environmentally, socially, ethically and economically responsible manner and to entering into agreements and contracts with suppliers that share and adhere to its vision. To demonstrate this commitment, current and potential suppliers are asked to acknowledge their compliance with the principles of the GCU Supply Chain Code of Conduct, with respect to their organisation and their supply chain.

Public Facing Contracts Register

In line with the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2015, Glasgow Caledonian University maintains a register of contracts.

The register can be accessed via the link below

Glasgow Caledonian Public Facing Contracts Register