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Central Procurement Office

Directorate of Finance

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The Central Procurement Office supports the University’s strategic vision and operational objectives. We do this by promoting best purchasing practice and a responsible procurement approach by giving due weight to economic, social and environmental issues within purchasing activity. We are committed to assisting the University to deliver value for money across all spend activities, whilst also managing commercial risk, and complying with all applicable legislative obligations.

The University of Manchester - Coronavirus update

Please note The University of Manchester has suspended all physical face to face teaching (including laboratories, seminars and tutorials) and closed all of our non-essential sites from 5pm Tuesday 17 March. Our libraries, Manchester Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery and Jodrell Bank, as well as most of our teaching and research buildings, are closed for physical access. Certain essential services and facilities and halls of residence remain open.  Staff are working from home until further notice.

Payments will continue to be processed, except for a few limited exceptions orders will not be placed for the foreseeable future, if you have unfulfilled orders (i.e. they are yet to be delivered) contact the person who ordered the goods to check if delivery is still possible/required. Other queries should be directed to Procurement or for payment issues contact Accounts Payable.

For further help with ordering during the current pandemic, please visit our Buying pages.

Visit the interim adjustments to Financial Procedures for more information and the list of SLT approvers for Purchase to Pay requests.

We apologise for any inconvenience but please bear with us during the current events. Further details and updates are available on The University of Manchester webpages.

Contact details for legal affairs at The University of Manchester

We've updated our process for handling new legal proceedings and legal notices.

In light of the current situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), the University would appreciate any documentation being sent by email (rather than post), to avoid any unnecessary handling of materials. This is to protect the health and wellbeing of staff.

Please email Legal Affairs for electronic versions of legal proceedings and legal notices until further notice.