Swansea University


About Us

Procurement was established to help Colleges/Departments procure their goods/services.  Good procurement provides the right outcome, best whole-life cost, legal compliance and reduces risk. 

We provide assistance with all purchasing matters, including procurement legislation in the UK and EU, aswell as the Universities own Financial Policies and Procedures.  Our support ranges from advice and guidance to direct assistance. 

In addition, we are also responsible for:

  • Procurement strategy
  • Policy
  • Training and practice
  • Purchasing cards. 


The Procurement Department is part of the Finance Department and is located on the first floor of the Finance Building.


For information about the ABW Finance project, login to view the ABW Finance Systems Support pages on Collaborate.

Swansea University's commitment to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement. 

The University acts responsibly to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Swansea University is committed to working towards ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.

In light of the obligation to report on measures to ensure that all parts of our business and supply chain are slavery free, we will review our workplace policies and procedures to assess their effectiveness in identifying and tackling modern slavery issues. Emerging government policy on ethical supply chains will also be considered by Swansea University.

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we will put systems in place to identify, assess and monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.

Swansea University is a member of the Higher Education Purchasing Consortium Wales (HEPCW). HEPCW works effectively alongside its counterpart UK Universities Purchasing Consortia. The joint contracting programme provides a comprehensive and mature collaborative portfolio, which includes some of the high risk categories such as office supplies, laboratory consumables, ICT equipment and some estates services.

Many of our suppliers in these higher-risk categories have committed to the Base Code of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and the UK Universities Purchasing Consortia are working to persuade the remaining suppliers in these categories to join them. The ETI Base Code is founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is an internationally recognised code of labour practice, requiring that:

1. Employment is freely chosen;

2. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected;

3. Working conditions are safe and hygienic;

4. Child labour shall not be used;

5. Living wages are paid;

6. Working hours are not excessive;

7. No discrimination is practised;

8. Regular employment is provided; and

9. No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed.


To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our organisation, we intend to raise awareness of modern slavery. Procurement staff will complete the Chartered Institute of purchasing and Supply (CIPS) ‘Ethical Procurement and Supply’ on-line training, or equivalent.