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Purchasing Cards

The University has an alternative to the purchase order process, as a method of payment to suppliers for goods and services. The Purchasing Card is a type of credit card which is held in the name of the individual who will be using it, but the spend for which is included on a corporate account.

Permanent staff can apply for a University Purchasing Card. The card is used in a variety of circumstances as a cost-effective means of paying for goods or expense items.

Staff will need to complete Appendices 1, 2 and 3 from the links below:

  1. Appendix 1: Purchase Card application form
  2. Appendix 2: Authorisation of Product Areas
  3. Appendix 3: Employee Agreement

Staff requiring a purchase card will need to read the Purchase Card Procedures Manual, and the User Guide.

All existing Finance and Procurement policies remain in force when using a Purchasing Card; all cardholders should keep themselves up to date with these current policies:

Please also refer to directions on using funds from Research Council Grants and Staff Development Accounts.

If you experience a problem with your University Purchase Card, or have any questions you can contact the team on:

Email: purchasecards@reading.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)118 378 5855

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