Procurement at UCA

With around 7,000 students enrolled on more than 80 different courses, the University for the Creative Arts (the University) is one of the biggest providers of specialist art and design education in Europe.

The University has students from 76 countries worldwide, based at campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester.

We are a specialist creative arts university with courses in art, design, architecture, media and communication.

Notable alumni include Turner Prize nominee Tracey Emin; Oscar winners Daniel Greaves and Suzie Templeton; fashion designers Zandra Rhodes and Karen Millen; and the portrait painter Humphrey Ocean.

Procurement strategy

The University buys goods, services and works to an annual value of approximately £20 million. Wherever appropriate the University achieves value for money through the introduction of competition.

Where the total contract value is estimated to be under £50,000 including VAT, competition will be achieved by obtaining quotations from a selection of companies.

Where a contract value for goods, services or works is likely to exceed EU Procurement Thresholds then the contract will be tendered in accordance with the EU Procurement Directives.

The University is also a member of the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium which has responsibility for setting up framework contracts for some of the most commonly purchased goods and services across the Higher Education Sector.  In addition to this the University may also utilise the framework agreements set up by the Government Procurement Service.

As previously stated the University aims to achieve Value for Money from all its procurement activity. In this case Value for Money means considering the optimum combination of quality and whole life cost to meet the needs of the end user.


UCA will actively advertise tenders in accordance with the EU procurement directive and UK public procurement regulations. 

Tenders under the Official Journal of European Union (OJEU) thresholds will be advertised via Contracts Finder

Tenders above the threshold will be  advertised via Contracts Finder and on our tendering portal which is our tool for publishing OJEU tenders.

Expressions of interest in providing any other services to UCA should be emailed to

View the UCA tendering portal user guide


Procurement team

The University for the Creative Arts is one of the biggest providers of specialist art and design education in Europe.

University for the Creative Arts
Falkner Road
United Kingdom 

Procurement Manager and Procurement Assistant
Finance Department
Falkner Road
Tel:  01252 892715/892727

For further information about policy issues please email any questions or queries to

See the UCA Terms and Conditions of Purchase 13 6 2012.

The University follows the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply's ethical guidelines on procurement and purchasing. If any supplier feels they have been unfairly treated or are concerned about any aspect of the University's procurement policies and procedures they should contact the Procurement Manager in the first instance.

Tel: 01252 892715

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