A Purchase Order must in raised in advance whenever ordering goods or services where the Faculty will be invoiced/charged directly (e.g. when booking conference facilities from a college). This is an important financial control which ensures that all expenditure is approved in advance and allows us to understand the Faculty's commitments. It also establishes a clear record of our agreement with the supplier reagarding quantity, price and payment terms which is essential should there be any subsequent dispute regarding the amount payable. We are unable to process an invoice from a supplier unless there is a purchase order to match it against.

Before requesting a purchase order and committing the University to expenditure please ensure that University policy has been followed to ensure value for money. More details can be found in the University's Purchasing Procedures but in summary all expenditure over £1,000 requires two alternative written quotes to be obtained, unless the supplier is already on the list of University "Preferred Suppliers" . For expenditure over £25,000 more stringent rules apply so please talk to the Faculty Finance Manager in advance about managing the process.

When selecting a new supplier which does not have "preferred" status, reference should be made to the University's Supplier Selection Guidance and Supplier Suitability Checklist both of which form part of the guidance on new supplier set-up. Before placing a contract for services it is also essential to check by reference to the HMRC Employment Status guidance  whether the engagement should be classed as employment (and therefore processed through the payroll) or as a self-employed contractor. A copy of a completed HMRC checklist confirming self-employed, contractor status will need to be attached to all invoices submitted for payment.

Currently, Purchase Orders can be raised by the following administrative staff:

  • Anne Maxfield
  • Jackie Hall
  • Angela Patterson (for Criminology)
  • Nikki MacMichael or Alison Trinder (for CSLS)
  • Jenny Dix (for IECL)
  • Lettitia Derrington (for OIPRC and IP Diploma)
  • Agata Dybisz (For the MSc in Taxation)
  • Sarah Lay (for Law and Finance)
  • Zoe Davis-Heaney, Bharat Shivan or Sarah Norman (for Bonavero)

Please contact the appropriate person with the details of your intended purchase/booking to arrange for a purchase order. For IT equipment purchases, please contact the ITSG Servicedesk ITSUPPORT@MANOR-ROAD.OX.AC.UK , who will help you to identify equipment meeting your requirements and will place the order with an approved supplier.

The supplier will then invoice the Faculty directly and we will arrange payment.

Further guidance on purchasing goods and services from third parties can be found in the Faculty’s purchasing procedure.