How we buy

The University makes use of Preferred Supplier lists and closed tenders, with categories of Preferred Suppliers being reviewed on a periodic basis.

For all purchases over £100,000 (excl. VAT), a full tender process will be carried out by the University Purchasing Department. This process will be managed through Intend, a secure online system designed to document and manage the whole life cycle of a tender.

For purchases between £25,000 and £100,000 (excl. VAT), departments are able to lead their own tender process. In these situations the tender will not generally be managed through Intend.

In all cases, the main steps in the purchasing process will be the same. For more details on steps in the tender process, please refer to the section on what to expect when tendering with the University of Oxford.