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SUPC Category Updates - 20 August 2020  

SUPC Category Updates - 20 August 2020

20th August 2020   As more information about the coronavirus and its impact is emerging, we continue to explore potential impacts on supply chains.  Our category managers are working with suppliers and counter-parts across the consortia to understand which suppliers may be impacted, how this m..

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Leading through Adversity: the Impact of Covid-19 on University Finance  

Leading through Adversity: the Impact of Covid-19 on University Finance

SUMS Consulting, a sister division of SUPC, has been talking to university leaders about managing the Covid-19 crisis and their visions for the future. With views gathered from a series of one-to-one interviews, SUMS’ Community of Practice Groups meeting virtually, along with student surveys, ..

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Audio Visual Framework Now Live  

Audio Visual Framework Now Live

SUPC members can now access the Audio Visual Framework Agreement, led by NEUPC.   This new agreement was designed by experienced AV Technicians, managers and purchasing experts from institutions within the participating consortia membership and covers the full range of Audio Visual goods and se..

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Back to Work Supplies – a UKUPC Guidance Document  

Back to Work Supplies – a UKUPC Guidance Document

We recognise that during this time of uncertainty it helps to have some guidance to refer to on new topics.   A guide has been developed collaboratively by the UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) and serves to act as a reference point for anyone responsible for or involved in the procu..

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Now appearing on screen: rethinking negotiation for its new virtual setting  

Now appearing on screen: rethinking negotiation for its new virtual setting

SUPC's Head of Category Management and Services Rob Johnson shares his thoughts.   Over the last few months, I have spent more hours talking to my computer screen than before “lockdown” I would have thought possible. I have become familiar with solutions such as Zoom, Teams and “Blue Jean..

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EBSCO Information Services and SUPC Partner to Support Consortia in Response to VAT: Zero Rating e-Publications  

EBSCO Information Services and SUPC Partner to Support Consortia in Response to VAT: Zero Rating e-Publications

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is working with the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) to save customers money. EBSCO and SUPC collaborated to ensure that new legislation introduced to apply a zero rate of VAT on electronic publications (e-publications) in the United Kingdom has..

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Procurement specialists need to take centre stage to achieve greater efficiencies in the ‘new normal’  

Procurement specialists need to take centre stage to achieve greater efficiencies in the ‘new normal’

LUPC’s Nicola Hill summarises the LUPC/SUPC webinar delivered last month by Joel Arber, managing consultant and group head of business development, SUMS Group and Linda Crotty, associate consultant, Procurement Shared Services. They looked at how universities need to become more efficient in the..

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SUPC Member Survey - Tell Us How We Can Help You!  

SUPC Member Survey - Tell Us How We Can Help You!

Each year we ask for your feedback to help us build on the services and support we provide and to extend into new areas you require.  This has been a year unlike any other. While this survey looks to gather your views on our performance over the past year, you will also find several questions ask..

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Get Involved in the SUPC Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group  

Get Involved in the SUPC Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group

Recent events have made us all aware of the importance of equality and diversity within all elements of our society, the procurement profession being no exception.  SUPC members, staff and the wider HE sector recognise the challenges associated with under-representation of the BAME community and ..

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SUPC Category Updates - 23 July 2020  

SUPC Category Updates - 23 July 2020

23rd July 2020   As more information about the coronavirus and its impact is emerging, we continue to explore potential impacts on supply chains.  Our category managers are working with suppliers and counter-parts across the consortia to understand which suppliers may be impacted, how this mig..

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Dawson Books Update  

Dawson Books Update

  What’s the situation? Dawson Books is a long-standing supplier of print and digital books to the HE sector. They are part of a larger group including similar services to FE and Public Libraries as well as wholesaling of books to retail.   After some challenging years, the impact of Covid..

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SUPC Webinar Recordings and Presentation Slides  

SUPC Webinar Recordings and Presentation Slides

15th July 2020 - How to Charter an Aeroplane   Recorded Webinar:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-Pi_Psq43Q   Presentation Slides: Aircraft Charters with Clarity   16th June 2020 - LUPC & SUPC Efficiencies Webinars   Recorded Webinars 1 & 2: https://www.youtube.com/play..

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How to Charter a Flight FAQ  

How to Charter a Flight FAQ

While business travel recovers more slowly than leisure and holidaymakers are able to make the most of the travel corridors for summer getaways, a number of institutions are looking at whether commercial airlines will be scheduling sufficient flights to get international students into the UK for t..

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Life Sciences Reagents, Kits & Consumables Agreement Now Live  

Life Sciences Reagents, Kits & Consumables Agreement Now Live

SUPC members can now access the Life Sciences Reagents, Kits & Consumable Framework, led by NEUPC.   The agreement went live on the 9th March 2020 and will run until 8th March 2023, with the option to extend to 8th March 2024.   The scope of the framework covers Life Sciences Reagent..

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VWV: To exclude or not to exclude?  

VWV: To exclude or not to exclude?

Deciding to exclude a bidder on grounds of discretionary exclusion or for non-compliance is a tricky decision and one which we are frequently asked to advise on. Stephanie Rickard, Partner at VWV, looks at some of the recent cases, including the high profile case of Stagecoach East Midlands Trains..

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