Procurement Services

Procurement at Heriot-Watt

Our role is to support the University's strategic goals by buying goods, services and works from the most appropriate sources while using effective, efficient and lawful procurement processes.

We advise staff and suppliers about relevant procurement legislation, correct procurement procedures, and the contracts for goods, services and works available to our clients.

We put service excellence at the heart of our business, and aim to offer a service that is fair, friendly and timely.

Our strategy and action plan are in the documents section below, along with our annual report and our sustainability policy.

Modern slavery statement

The University is committed to protecting and respecting human rights, and will not tolerate slavery or human trafficking in any form.

See the documents section below for our statement on modern slavery and human trafficking, which sets out how we make sure it does not take place in our supply chains or any part of our business.

Tenders and regulations

As a body governed by public law, we are subject to the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 and the Government Procurement Agreement (except Heriot-Watt University Malaysia).

The higher thresholds for non-Schedule 1 entities apply, which is £189,330 for goods and services, and £4,733,252 for works. All current tendering opportunities above these amounts, as well as regulated procurements as defined in Section 3 of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, are advertised on Public Contracts Scotland or Public Contracts Scotland - Tender

Suppliers wishing to do business with us should register on these websites.

Please also see the Scottish Government’s Supplier Journey which covers a wealth of information about doing business with the Scottish public sector.


The University is a member of Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) Limited, the centre of expertise responsible for all collaborative category 'B' (sector specific) contracts.

Wherever possible, we use these and other suitable collaborative contracts, such as those let by Procurement Scotland, by national higher education consortia, and by the Crown Commercial Service.

If you are a member of staff, you can view these contracts on the Procurement Services intranet site.

Key information

Enquiries Procurement