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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 initiatives that you/your team have been involved in to keep things going at your Universities – for both students and staff.  As this situation is likely to go on for some time, we are developing ways to maintain our network and continue to share best practice during this period of uncertainty.  We will post any examples of good practice, support from our suppliers or calls for support on this page and send out through our networks, as we receive them.


If we can support you and your teams during this difficult time, please get in touch.


You can find information below, with more to come! 


Your Team at SUPC



General Support


SUPC has worked with the other university purchasing consortia across the UK to collate responses from framework suppliers about the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of goods and services.


The spreadsheet includes information provided by each supplier along with a traffic light, colour coded risk level numbered 1-3. 1 being a low, and 3 being a high risk of supplies being affected.


SUPC will continue to monitor the situation and alert you via Twitter and the news section of our website with any updates.


There are several resources available to members, extending beyond procurement, available on the Higher Education Procurement Association Website


Members are making great use of our jiscmail groups.  We have different groups to cover a range of different interests: insurance, libraries, computing, etc.  If you aren't yet on a group and want to be added to one, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  You can find a list of groups we currently run here: https://www.supc.ac.uk/buy/commodity-groups


PASS Webinar - COVID-19: The use of Regulation 32 for Urgent Requirements

Thursday March 26th at 11am


In light of the Coronavirus crisis, procurement is facing very challenging times. To help buyers across the UK public sector, BiP Solutions’ Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS) will be hosting a webinar on Thursday 26 March at 11.00am.

The webinar will look at how buyers can use Regulation 32 to help with procurement requirements thrust upon their organisation through urgency.

The webinar will consider various issues, including when buyers can by-pass the normal procurement route for urgent requirements; seeking to engage faster with suppliers; ensuring you remain compliant; and extending current contracts where appropriate.

To register for our webinar, just click here.


Academic Services Support

Members can find a list of digital resources that have been made available for free or with extended access here: 


This has been compiled by the University of York.  Please add to it if you can. 



Travel Support


Universities are having to shut facilities, halls of residence are closing and some students, both domestic and foreign are unable to return home.


Travel Management Suppliers, Clarity are offering Universities help during these unprecedented times. Wether universities need to book 1 room or 100 they are here to help. Clarity will do all the venue finding, negotiate with vendors, drive to get the best prices possible and we will not charge any fees


Contact details for any institute that needs support:

Email:              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call:                 0800 731 1627