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Date Time Location
16th August 2023 10:30 - 11:15 Online
UKUPC members are invited to attend the
National Education Recruitment Advertising & Resourcing Services (NERARS) framework launch webinar


This NERARS Framework launch webinar is led by SUPC and open to members of HEPCW, LUPC, NEUPC, NWUPC, SUPC and APUC.

SpeakerOliver Bradbury-Stewart, Assistant Category Manager, SUPC

with insights from RH and webrecruit

Introducing the NERARS framework

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our re-tendered (National) Education Recruitment Advertising and Resourcing Services (NERARS) Framework to SUPC members. Led by Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) and tendered in conjunction with the Universities Advertising Group (UAG), the framework has been extended to include student recruitment marketing. The retendered agreement provides a compliant and responsible route for universities to procure recruitment advertising and student marketing services.

Offering a cost-effective procurement option with access to eleven reputable, specialist suppliers in advertising, recruitment and marketing, SUPC expects in excess of £60m in university and public sector spend throughout the four-year framework. The agreement will run from 8 March 2023 until 7 March 2027.

The main changes from the previous agreement include:

  • The addition of a new Lot: ‘Student Recruitment Marketing’ (Lot 2);
  • Increased overall competition and breadth of services, with 5 new suppliers joining the framework, giving access to a total of 11 suppliers;
  • Change in the ranked order for education recruitment advertising and resourcing (Lot 1), including the top-ranked company.

Key benefits of using the NERARS framework agreement:

  • Extended scope of services to be procured;
  • A wider choice of suppliers to allow for improved competition at call-off;
  • An easy and compliant route to market for participating organisations;
  • User guides, support, and templates.

The suppliers have been awarded to the agreement under two lots:Lot 1 - Education Recruitment Advertising and Resourcing

Lot 2 - Student Recruitment Marketing

Further information

Full agreement details including awarded suppliers and how to use the agreement are available through the HE Contracts Database. For further information about the framework, please contact or call us on: 0118 378 4304.

Launching the NERARS framework, Leigh Kopec, Head of SUPC says:

“with the complex nature of student recruitment at home and internationally, we’ve seen a growing focus on marketing and advertising initiatives for many years and this looks set to continue. As universities compete to create the most engaging experiences possible for prospective students – and the fee income this can attract when done well – support is needed to make the most of digital journeys and media promotion. This new NERARS framework exists to help institutions make informed choices about their investment in advertising and marketing activities from trusted suppliers.”

About SUPC

At Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC), we help universities and colleges buy smarter. Members use our frameworks and support services to make sure their procurement activities deliver value for money to students, staff and wider communities. We are part of the SUMS group, which also includes SUMS Consulting and the Procurement Shared Service. The SUMS group provides procurement and consultancy solutions to the higher education sector.

Explore more benefits of SUPC membership here.


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