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Taking Procurement to the Next Level at the University of Kent  

Taking Procurement to the Next Level at the University of Kent

The Procurement Shared Service helps institutions make a real difference in their procurement by offering expert support across a range of procurement projects from spend analysis to complete strategy development and implementation.  With its unique link to the nationally recognised Procurement M..

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Achieve Savings and Policy Compliance with  SUPC’s Travel Management Agreement  

Achieve Savings and Policy Compliance with SUPC’s Travel Management Agreement

When the University of Bristol’s contract with its incumbent Travel Management Company (TMC) expired in 2016, the university’s procurement team had the opportunity to make significant changes to increase value for money from a TMC.  By working with Ian Allan Travel through SUPC’s Travel Man..

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New Global Mobility Services Agreement Live  

New Global Mobility Services Agreement Live

Members can now access the new Global Mobility Support Services framework, which started on 1 October 2016 for a 3 year period with a 1 year extension option.   The Global Mobility Working Party have developed this new framework on behalf of the HE Sector to obtain sustainable value for money ..

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Servers, Storage and Solutions Agreement Now Awarded  

Servers, Storage and Solutions Agreement Now Awarded

Lot 1 (servers only) and Lot 2 (storage only) under the Servers, Storage and Solutions National Agreement have now been awarded with a start date of 1 November 2016.     Lot 1 covers a range of servers and associated options and includes maintenance renewals, management software and other sof..

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New Lifts Agreement Available to Members  

New Lifts Agreement Available to Members

The new Lifts Consultancy, Maintenance, Refurbishment and Associated Installation Services Agreement has been awarded with a start date of 1 November 2016.  The agreement was  developed in association with the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) and covers consultancy and contracte..

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Free Webinar on New Standard Selection Questionnaire (SQ)  

Free Webinar on New Standard Selection Questionnaire (SQ)

The Higher Education Procurement Association (HEPA) is offering a free webinar following the introduction of the new Standard Selection Questionnaire (SQ) document by Crown Commercial Services.  The webinar will take place on 11 November from 9:30 - 10:30.  It will be led by Debbie Metcalfe at ..

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SUPC Seeks Procurement Consultants to Join Team  

SUPC Seeks Procurement Consultants to Join Team

Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) is expanding our Procurement Shared Service (PSS) for higher education institutions.  We are looking for experienced procurement professionals to help us deliver a capability assessment programme and procurement consultancy services, on an assign..

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HEContracts Database Training Vodcast Now Available  

HEContracts Database Training Vodcast Now Available

The HEContracts Database is now live and is a one-stop resource for members looking for higher education sector agreement information.   Members can watch a vodcast recording of the first HEContracts training webinar for standard users here, and administrators here.  Members can also view vid..

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NEW Fairphone Agreement  

NEW Fairphone Agreement

SUPC members can now access a new agreement for Fairphone 2, the only ethically sourced Android phone that uses conflict free minerals and fairtrade gold in its manufacture.   This agreement is supplied by The Phone Co-op, the UK’s only licenced reseller of the Fairphone. The agreement is ope..

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Case Study: Temporary Agency Staff  

Case Study: Temporary Agency Staff

When the University of the West of England (UWE) embarked on an IT transformation project, they found the unique demands of the project required some temporary staff to ensure the project was a success. By using SUPC’s Temporary Agency Staffing Services Agreement to meet the staffing need, UWE b..

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SUPC Adopts New Supplier Management Tool  

SUPC Adopts New Supplier Management Tool

SUPC has purchased a licence for NETpositive, a practical online tool to help institutions promote positive sustainable behaviour among suppliers.  The tool helps users ensure that supplier core business activities adapt to, and help address, current and future social, economic and environmental..

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Update: HE Contracts Database  

Update: HE Contracts Database

The current contracts database for the higher education sector, uniBuy, will soon be replaced with the new HE Contracts Database.  Like uniBuy, the new database will continue to act as a repository of agreements available to consortia members with supporting documents like buyer’s guides, price..

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 NEW: ITRAP Agreement  

NEW: ITRAP Agreement

The new IT-Related Accessories and Parts (ITRAP) Agreement has been awarded and is now live.   Providing added savings over the previous agreement, ITRAP is serviced by six suppliers and covers a wide range of products including:   Sub-category Example of products that fall within..

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NEW: National Education Printer Agreement  

NEW: National Education Printer Agreement

The new National Education Printer Agreement commenced on the 1 April 2016 for a period of two years with the possibility of a further two year extensions.  Following feedback from consortia members on the desired scope for the new agreement, it has been expanded to encompass a full range of prin..

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Talent Banks: A Unique Solution for Purchasing Temporary Staff  

Talent Banks: A Unique Solution for Purchasing Temporary Staff

SUPC’s Temporary Agency Staffing Services Agreement offers members an EU-compliant route to market for a wide range of temporary staff, and can help reduce cost and inefficiencies.   However, it can deliver benefits beyond those through its Talent Bank lot, and can help you improve student emp..

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