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6th September 2023 09:00 - 13:30 University of Exeter

Dates:  09:00 on 6 September - 13:30 on 7 September 2023. Delegates are welcome to join from 15:00 on 5 September. 

We are excited to announce that the UKUPC Conference 2023 (formerly known as COUP) will be taking place from 6 - 7 September 2023 at the University of Exeter. LUPC and SUPC are working in collaboration to deliver this event for all members of UKUPC, bringing together procurement professionals from across the sector to a conference that cannot be missed!

Download the digital Conference brochure here!


What is the UKUPC Conference?

  • The only HE-specific national conference on procurement,
  • An exciting line-up of professional development sessions and insights,
  • An exhibition of 80+ framework suppliers,
  • Opportunities to connect with attendees through the conference CPD programme and social activities.

Delegate information

*In-person ticket booking is now closed*

Delegates will be able to arrive on Tuesday 5 September 2023 from 15:00, ready for the start of the conference at 09:00 on Wednesday 6 September. The conference will finish at 13:30 on Thursday 7 September.

Virtual tickets now available to book here

Can’t make it to the in-person event but don’t want to miss out on the biggest HE-specific national conference on procurement? We have now released our Virtual Conference tickets for just £75+VAT each! Book your tickets now and before 31 August.

What's included in your Virtual Conference ticket (£75+VAT):

  • Entry to our virtual exhibition of sponsors and suppliers with the ability to arrange online meetings with the exhibitors during the breakout session times
  • Connect with fellow delegates and suppliers in advance through conference app messaging
  • Access to live streams of key conference sessions wherever you are, including:

o   Plenary 1: The Psychology of Leadership and Management

o   Breakout 1: Delivering Social Value

o   Breakout 2: Transforming Public Procurement – The latest on the new procurement regulations

o   Plenary 2: Harnessing the Power of Procurement across your University

o   Breakout 3: Protecting both people and planet within public procurement supply chains

o   Plenary 3: Procurement’s Big Three for 2023 - Resilience, Purpose and Digitisation

o   Breakout 4: Negotiating Contract Terms and Conditions

o  Plenary 4: The Economy and Managing Inflation - Current and Future Economic Challenges

UKUPC members can book virtual tickets here

Full Conference packages

Booking for our full conference package, offering exceptional value, is now closed:

Other Conference packages

Booking for the following tickets is now closed:*DBB – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
All in-person conference days are inclusive of lunch and refreshments.

In-person delegate bookings close on 18 August 2023. Virtual tickets are now available - book here

Booking information

  • UKUPC members can book tickets here.
  • Please note, delegate bookings are for UKUPC members only. Any supplier or non-member bookings will be cancelled and refunded less the cost of credit card fees (£7.50+VAT).
  • Please select the correct ticket option at time of booking, dependent on whether you are paying by card or wish us to invoice you.
  • You will be asked to select the breakout sessions you wish to attend (to give us an indication of attendees for room booking purposes).
  • To help you select your preferred breakout sessions, please see the UKUPC Conference Agenda for information on the conference programme. N.B. conference sessions and speakers may be subject to change.
  • We hope you can join us, and please do share this event with any colleagues (at member institutions) who may benefit from attending.

International visitors from university procurement teams are welcome to attend the UKUPC Conference 2023. Please contact Suzanne Picken for booking information.

Supplier information

***Exhibitor bookings are NOW CLOSED***

  • The conference exhibition, open to UKUPC framework suppliers only, will provide access to 200+ HE procurement professionals.
  • A range of 2m x 2m, 3m x 2m and 3m x 3m stands (£3,150 - £3,850 + VAT) are available.
  • Suppliers on UKUPC framework agreements can book an exhibition stand here. 
  • Please note delegate tickets are for UKUPC members only and are not available to suppliers.

Conference programme

Download the conference programme here

Need Help?

For any queries, please contact Suzanne Picken, Head of Membership, Marketing and Communications, LUPC.