New University design framework

September 3rd, 2018

We compete for the best students and staff across the globe. It is therefore vital to express our collective strengths through a clear and consistent brand identity.

Following an open tender process, a variety of suppliers have been appointed to a new University design framework commencing Monday 3 September 2018.

What does this mean for me?

From Monday 3 September 2018, any new external design commissions will need to go to a supplier from the new framework. Information on how to do this can be found on the Commissioning Design workspace page.

You can complete any work in progress (ie purchase orders raised before 3 September) with a supplier from the old framework but these suppliers will be removed from Agresso for new purchase orders from this point forward.

Introducing our design suppliers

The University implements a design framework to ensure that we can benefit from competitive pricing and flexible turnaround times.

The University has an internal design team which services designated internal accounts, and a number of external agencies competitively selected to provide the University with a range of creative design services suited to the diverse range of activities that we deliver.

Please take time to familiarise yourself with the new external design agencies and their portfolios (hyperlinks added). You may recognise a few names as some current design suppliers have been retained on the new framework.

Lot 1: creative concepts (three suppliers) Lot 2: general design (five suppliers) Lot 3: freelance design (five suppliers) Lot 4: fundraising direct marketing 
(two suppliers)
Optima Graphic Design Optima Graphic Design Cherry Anderson Bluefrog Fundraising
Together Agency Together Agency Gill Williamson Jaywing
Digitronix Creative Triangle Keith Dodds
Fluid Ideas Kit Studio
Warm Design Tom Partridge


Those in faculties should contact their Faculty Marketing and Communications Manager in the first instance, before commissioning any design work.Further information on how to commission design

Further information about the University’s brand and how to commission design and print can be found on the Marketing and Communications Workspace.

Contact for queries

If you have any queries regarding the new design framework, please contact

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