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Servers, Storage and Solutions Agreement - Final Lots Awarded  

Servers, Storage and Solutions Agreement - Final Lots Awarded

The final lots of the national Servers, Storage and Solutions Agreement have now been awarded.  The agreement, worth an estimated £200 - £600 million in business over the life of the agreement, allows over 150 universities across the UK to purchase server and storage requirements through an EU ..

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Transforming Procurement at the University of Bristol  

Transforming Procurement at the University of Bristol

The University of Bristol underwent its first Procurement Maturity Assessment in 2014, a useful exercise that helped the university identify where it was and where it wanted to be. When new Head of Procurement Anj Cooke joined Bristol later that year, she set a clear goal of moving the university ..

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New Software License Reseller Agreement Live  

New Software License Reseller Agreement Live

The new national Software License Resellers Agreement is now live and ready for SUPC members to use.  The agreement, which will run from 1 December for 3 years with the option to extend for 12 months, gives members access to an EU-compliant route to market for Microsoft, Adobe, VMWare and a range..

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Understanding Off-Payroll Workers Legislation and How it Will Impact Your Institution  

Understanding Off-Payroll Workers Legislation and How it Will Impact Your Institution

The Off-Payroll Workers Legislation Reform is set to hit in April 2017, and while university staff may be familiar with its predecessors - IR35 or Intermediaries Legislation - the new reform brings new challenges for universities.      The new HMRC legislation aims to make sure that individua..

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SUPC Adopts Supplier Management Tool  

SUPC Adopts Supplier Management Tool

SUPC is solidifying its commitment to sustainable procurement and 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 a..

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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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