Our Procurement team, based in the Finance Department, helps the University meet its objectives and deliver the best results in the most cost-effective way.
The team can advise you on dealing with suppliers and sourcing the goods and services you need to do your job.
The team has a number of forms and templates available to help you.
New UK supplier form
Instructions for new UK suppliers
Processing orders for overseas suppliers
Procedure for a purchasing card
Credit card limit increase request form
Supplier - code of conduct
Key travel request form
Key travel exception authorisation form
Single source non-compliance request form
Agresso financial authorisation form
Mutual non-disclosure agreement
Goods and services - terms and conditions
Consultancy - terms and conditions
Procurement project plan
Expenses paid as part of Kent business should be claimed for reimbursement as soon as possible. Petty cash must not be used to reimburse individual expenses.
The use of personal monies should be minimised where possible by the use of a University credit card or by arranging for the supplier to invoice Kent directly.
How to claim personal expenses
Employee Personal Expenditure Policy
Travel and subsistence rates
Sterling expenses claim form
Foreign currency expenses claim form
HMRC subsistence rates for travel outside the UK
Advance expenses claim form
Guidance on completing expense claim forms
Research expenses claim forms and guidance
Relocation Policy and Procedure
Relocation expenses form
Legal requirements and governance
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation came into force in May 2018 and replaced the Data Protection Act. Basic principles for looking after personal data remain the same, but there are stricter standards and the maximum penalty has increased to €20 million.
Each school or department will have one or more Information Custodians (ICs), who work with the Information Compliance team to improve protection of personal data in line with the GDPR.
All staff should complete a GDPR online training module.
The Information Compliance team is developing tools to help schools and departments with GDPR, including:
Freedom of information
For queries on data protection, email our Information Compliance team.
University constitution and management
The University of Kent is a self-governing autonomous institution set up by Royal Charter in 1965. The Charter sets out our overall constitution, with statutes and ordinances detailing how the University operates in practice.
Our key governing bodies are:
Copyright is now an unavoidable and important aspect of university life.
Our Copyright and Licensing Compliance Officer will help you navigate your way through copyright law.
Planning and management
Our Financial Planning and Analysis Office supports schools and departments on issues relating to budgeting and financial planning. If you have a financial query, you should talk to your school/department financial administrator first.
We can help you learn more about:
- our Resource Allocation Model (RAM)
- financial planning, including Planning Round, budget setting, financial year-end and budget meetings
- plans for new taught programmes
- budget commentary
- agreed transfer of budget from one heading to another, or 'virements'
- training, for example, in RAM and Agresso.
Our insurance protection includes:
We can also help with:
- policy excess
- employers’ liability
- producing evidence.
For help with a specific insurance issue, email or phone the Insurance Office on ext 4553.
The VAT team aims to give staff an overview and guidance on Value Added Tax (VAT). VAT is a complex area, especially for universities.
Get in touch if you have a query not included in our guidance below.
For help and advice on specific tax issues, email or phone the VAT Support team on ext 7487.
Our risk and financial compliance team is helping to develop and implement the University’s risk management strategy.
A Risk Management Working Party has been set up to consider reforms to the University’s Risk Management Process and make recommendations to the Executive Group.
A Risk Champion Network has also been formed to disseminate good practice across our campuses.
For more help and advice, email or phone the Risk and Compliance Office on ext 16481.