Modern Slavery Act 2015 Statement

Modern Slavery Act 2015 Statement

Purpose of the statement

This statement aims to inform the University of Glasgow Court, our staff and the general public about the steps taken during the last financial year, ending 31 July 2016 in support of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.


The University is committed to ensuring and actively monitoring that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any parts of its operation within the University and its Supply Chain. 

The University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and ranked in the top 1% in the world. Today, it is one of the world’s greatest research-intensive universities with a global reach.

The University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading research universities, with annual grants and contracts income totalling more than £175m. World-leading expertise spans a range of subject areas – history of art, veterinary medicine, cancer studies and accounting and finance are all rated in the UK’s top five for research excellence.

Each year, the University welcomes around 23,000 undergraduate and postgraduate scholars from 120 countries around the world. The University’s mission is to bring inspiring people together and create a world-class environment for learning and research, empowering staff and students alike to discover and share knowledge that can change the world.

The University’s strategic aims are: To be a world-class, world-changing university.

Supply Chain Expenditure

The University has a non-pay expenditure of c£180m across Goods, Services and Works. Within the University Supply Chain, category spend in key industries such as, IT, Construction, Energy and Catering has been identified as high risk in relation to Modern Slavery.

Responsibility of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

The University’s Sustainability Strategy is supported by the Sustainability Governance and Sustainability Delivery Boards.  The University is committed to addressing its impact on people and communities.  Compliance to The Modern Slavery act 2015 is part of the University’s Sustainability Strategy.  The University is responsible for actively monitoring that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any parts of its operation within the University and its Supply Chain.

Procurement Governance Supporting the Modern Slavery Act 2015

The University Procurement Office has implemented the Advanced Procurement of University and Colleges (APUC) Supply Chain Code of Conduct. This focuses on the organisations and its Suppliers responsibilities in social, ethical, economic and environmental areas across the Supply Chain. The University Procurement Strategy is committed to delivering our Sustainability Objectives, which include identifying modern slavery risks within our Supply Chain. In FY15/16 Procurement has used the sustainability risk prioritisation tool (Marrakech) which assigns a score for each risk attached to a category of spend.  The high risk categories are then investigated using the DEFRA analysis tool.  Thereafter Suppliers identified within these categories are measured and monitored through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Sustainability Index.   The target for FY16/17 is to measure and monitor 50 Suppliers using the CIPS Sustainability Index. 

Training and Awareness

Sustainable Procurement training has been completed by all members of the Procurement team.  Further training is planned throughout FY16/17.


The University CIPS Corporate Certification is valid until 01/2018 and the recent achievement of CIPS Sustainable Review Gold Award is valid until 06/2017. The University intends to maintain or enhance its CIPS certification and awards. The University is a Living Wage Employer.

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  • Release Date: 5 December 2016
  • Author: Head of Procurement
  • Approver: University Court