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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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Improving Procurement Maturity: A Challenging but Rewarding Journey  

Improving Procurement Maturity: A Challenging but Rewarding Journey

Improved procurement maturity is synonymous with the delivery of more efficient and effective procurement, which includes both time and financial savings.  While superior procurement maturity can be a long-term goal for many institutions, a more practical, but equally impactful goal is any upward..

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5 Important Reasons to Attend the LUPC/SUPC Conference  

5 Important Reasons to Attend the LUPC/SUPC Conference

This marks the first year that SUPC and our sister consortium London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) are joining together to co-host a free member conference on 15 June 2016.      With a mix of case studies led by your sector colleagues, workshops focusing on different category area..

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View SUPC's Contract Plan  

View SUPC's Contract Plan

View Contracted and Scheduled Agreements on the SUPC Website The SUPC Contract Plan is now available on the SUPC website. The contract plan, which will be updated quarterly, includes two spreadsheets: one outlines currently contracted agreements, the other outlines agreements that are scheduled ..

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New Tenders  

New Tenders

There are several new agreements covering a wide range of commodities currently in the early stages of the tender pipeline.  Please take a look at the tenders relevant to your institution's needs and encourage your preferred suppliers to apply.   Servers, Storage and Solutions National Agreeme..

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Apple Equipment and Services - New Agreement  

Apple Equipment and Services - New Agreement

The new Apple Equipment and Services Agreement is now available to SUPC members. The agreement, which went live on 1 April 2016, covers supply and support of devices running the OSX and iOS operating systems and related peripherals, software and the provision of value added services.   The a..

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