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CDW - Overcoming Cyber Security Challenges in Higher Education  

CDW - Overcoming Cyber Security Challenges in Higher Education

As more students embrace remote learning, universities must carefully consider their approach to cybersecurity, says Neil Bailey, Head of Education at CDW.   The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has touched every sector and every economy across the globe. The most agile organisations have been..

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Support for Universities Waiting for Travel Refunds  

Support for Universities Waiting for Travel Refunds

As we enter our 14th week of lockdown and see the restrictions easing, we are not yet back to normal and largely we are still largely not ready to start travelling.   Following our previous update, which can be found here, we are still working closely with all of our travel suppliers to und..

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COVID-19 Support  

COVID-19 Support

During these challenging times, we are all called upon to find innovative ways to keep our institutions and communities operating to the extent that they can.  We know that many of you will currently be involved in contingency planning at your universities.   We want to hear about any initiati..

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VWV: University Governance and the Financial Challenges Posed by Coronavirus  

VWV: University Governance and the Financial Challenges Posed by Coronavirus

In the second of three monthly blog posts, VWV’s Con Alexander and Jane Byford outline key areas to consider from a governance perspective in light of the financial implications of COVID-19.     There is increasing public awareness of the challenges facing universities as a consequence of..

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SUPC Category Updates - 9 June 2020  

SUPC Category Updates - 9 June 2020

9th June 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 migh..

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New PPE Agreement Now Live  

New PPE Agreement Now Live

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) has recently launched a new framework for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Clothing and Uniforms.   The contract period runs from 10th May 2020 to 9th May 2022, with two possible one-year extensions up to 9th May 2024. The framework is available to memb..

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The NHS PPE Crisis: SUPC's Dani Sweeney provides the inside line  

The NHS PPE Crisis: SUPC's Dani Sweeney provides the inside line

The higher education sector is known for its collaborative focus and community-minded spirit.  We know there are examples of individuals and teams across the sector pitching in to help in this time of crisis.  We recently took some precious time out with Dani Sweeney, SUPC’s STEMed Category M..

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New Firefighting Equipment and Associated Services Agreement Now Live  

New Firefighting Equipment and Associated Services Agreement Now Live

The North East University Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) has recently launched a new framework for Firefighting Equipment and Associated Services (EFM2028 NE).   The contract period runs from 24th February 2020 to 23rd February 2022, with the option of 2 12-month extensions. The framework is a..

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CDW - How Technology could Support the ‘New Normal’ within Higher Education  

CDW - How Technology could Support the ‘New Normal’ within Higher Education

Four ways technology could support the ‘new normal’ within higher education   In the first of three monthly blog posts, Neil Bailey, Head of Education at CDW, explains how technology can help to manage the safe re-entry of students into university life, following the outbreak of COVID-19...

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VWV: Re-Shaping Your Procurement Strategy in Light of Coronavirus  

VWV: Re-Shaping Your Procurement Strategy in Light of Coronavirus

In the first of three monthly blog posts, VWV’s Stephanie Rickard looks at the issues, risks and opportunities for teams to consider when re-shaping their procurement strategies to mitigate the implications of coronavirus (COVID-19). For many universities, lockdown may have ripped up the best ..

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Travel – what can we learn from the pandemic?  

Travel – what can we learn from the pandemic?

Jayne Thorn, Category Manager - Corporate Services, SUPC     Of all the industries hit by the COVID-19, the travel industry has taken quite a beating. When news of the pandemic starting breaking in late December 2019, the only significant changes were of some organisations imposing minor rest..

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SUPC Category Updates - 7 May 2020  

SUPC Category Updates - 7 May 2020

7th May 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 might..

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Here to Support You - Statement from SUMS Group CEO Bernarde Hyde  

Here to Support You - Statement from SUMS Group CEO Bernarde Hyde

To our SUPC Members,    We spent much of the last couple of years having conversations about the many challenges facing the sector and how hard things already were – or were going to be. However, nothing compares to the challenges presented by Covid-19.  As we are all now in week seven of l..

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SUPC & LUPC Deliver First Ever Webinars  

SUPC & LUPC Deliver First Ever Webinars

30th April - LUPC & SUPC Conference Webinars Sponsored by CDW   Following on from our COVID-19 webinars on the 15th April, our second set of LUPC and SUPC Conference Webinars took place on 30th April. We had over 200 members from the UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) join us on..

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NEW: SUPC & LUPC Metadata & Discovery Special Interest Group  

NEW: SUPC & LUPC Metadata & Discovery Special Interest Group

Announcing the SUPC & LUPC Metadata & Discovery Special Interest Group We were recently made aware that there is no regional metadata special interest group for the south of England, meaning that our metadata experts are missing out on opportunities for training, development, and sharing ..

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