|30th September 2021||Blog|
As the new academic year starts with its exciting challenges, make sure you tap into the SUMS Group higher education expertise! SUMS is supporting universities across the UK, and internationally, to tackle today’s toughest challenges.
Our members and clients are part of a community of excellence that can tap into our vast knowledge bank and repository of best practice and benchmark data drawn from our work with over 150 organisations. SUMS Group Members represent over 50% of the UK HE staff and student populations and with this comes a wealth of sector-specific information.
Did you know?
- Last year, members accessed our high-quality consultancy and procurement services covering everything from access to cost-saving frameworks to efficiencies delivery; change programmes; mental health service reviews; race, equality and inclusion reviews; strategy assessment and development; digital development; teaching and learning; marketing and communications; and timetabling and space management.
- Our three divisions – SUMS Consulting, Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) and the Procurement Shared Service (PSS) – work together to share insight and expertise. This gives us a unique and holistic view that has enabled us to help universities and their procurement teams realise critical efficiencies.
- We have identified millions of potential savings across university service/spend areas and have developed both an efficiencies delivery programme and a complementary procurement benchmarking tool that draw upon our unique access to sector data.
- Last year, our procurement division, SUPC, returned over £700k back to its members in generated marketing premium, allowing many universities to completely cover the cost of their SUPC memberships.
- The SUMS group is a charity and not-for-profit and is part of the community we serve. We are owned by universities and take our role as an ethical and responsible HE community member seriously. We are currently expanding the work we undertake in responsible procurement; social value; and equality, diversity and inclusion; and are looking to make greener and more community-focused investments as an organisation.
We recognise that in the unusual times in which we find ourselves, the HE sector and our wider communities will need more support. We are here to respond to your new questions and help with your issues as always and would welcome an opportunity to support you over the year ahead.