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SUPC Releases Statements on Sustainability, Modern Slavery and Working with SMEs  

SUPC Releases Statements on Sustainability, Modern Slavery and Working with SMEs

Sustainability (and the social, environmental and economic aspects it entails) is becoming increasing important to higher education institutions in the UK, and is now a tenet of UK public sector procurement policy (see the Social Value Act of 2012 and the Modern Slavery Act of 2015). As a key serv..

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Higher Education Funding Council for England Joins SUPC  

Higher Education Funding Council for England Joins SUPC

We would like to welcome the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as a new Associate Member of the consortium.  HEFCE is a sector body that  aims to create and sustain the conditions for a world-leading system of higher education which transforms lives, strengthens the economy,..

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The Pirbright Institute Joins SUPC  

The Pirbright Institute Joins SUPC

SUPC is pleased to welcome The Pirbright Institute as a new Associate Member of the consortium.  The Pirbright Institute is a world-leading centre of excellence in research and surveillance of viral diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans. The Institute works to en..

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PMA Programme Reports on Maturity Progress in HE  

PMA Programme Reports on Maturity Progress in HE

SUPC's Procurement Shared Service, which runs the Procurement Maturity Assessment (PMA) Programme, has released a report outlining the Higher Education sector's progress towards improved procurement maturity.  A nationally recognised service, the PMA Programme provides independent detailed asse..

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Procuring Networking Supply and Services  

Procuring Networking Supply and Services

SUPC members can access the national Networking Supply and Services Agreement.  This agreement includes supply, installation, maintenance, repair, project services and consultancy. It has four lots: Lot 1 - Networking equipment only Lot 2 - Small to medium networking projects up to £1,000,0..

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We're Recruiting to the Procurement Shared Service  

We're Recruiting to the Procurement Shared Service

The Procurement Shared Service (PSS) within the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) is expanding and we are looking for experienced procurement professionals to join our small team of consultants working with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Our team is delivering a capability ..

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Are You Getting the Most from Your Laboratory Consumables Budget?  

Are You Getting the Most from Your Laboratory Consumables Budget?

As a research-intensive institution, the University of Bath has a significant lab spend every year. Here, Greg Derrick, Contracts Manager at the university, explains why he uses SUPC’s lab consumables agreement and how it has delivered considerable cost and time savings for the university.   ..

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COUP Videos Now Online  

COUP Videos Now Online

Videos from COUP 2015 are now available on the SUPC YouTube Channel.  If you need a refresher on key topics such as Contracting Dos and Don'ts, Social Value, Public Contracts Regulations or Positive Communication Skills (among others), look no further!  You can view a quick highlight video of ..

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Join the National Telecomms. Group  

Join the National Telecomms. Group

The National Telecommunications Group needs a technical representative from SUPC to support its activities going forward.  The group discusses issues around national agreements and telecommunications-related developments affecting consortia members.  The next meeting will take place on 6 Novemb..

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Vehicle Hire and Leasing Update  

Vehicle Hire and Leasing Update

The national Vehicle Hire and Leasing Framework Agreement has been extended into it's final year until 31 October 2016.  The agreement  covers the hire and lease of domestic and commercial vehicles including, cars of various sizes, Multi Passenger Vehicles (MPVs) and mini-buses.  This agree..

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Making Sense of Spend with Spend360  

Making Sense of Spend with Spend360

In 2014/15 SUPC members spent over £350 million through consortia agreements, and spend analysis has always been a vital activity carried out by SUPC on behalf of our members. Each year, we gather and analyse spend data from member institutions’ finance systems.  Making sense of the data we re..

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Looking at COUP in the Rear View Mirror  

Looking at COUP in the Rear View Mirror

Attendees Review the Conference On University Purchasing (COUP)   Last month's COUP drew over 600 delegates and exhibitors from across the UK (and beyond) to convene for two full days of discussion and knowledge sharing aimed at linking purchasing theory to practice in the HE sector.  Both del..

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Supporting Your Learning - COUP Presentations Now Available  

Supporting Your Learning - COUP Presentations Now Available

As the conference host, SUPC is pleased to report that of those who completed the COUP delegate survey, 100% of respondents said the conference partially or fully met their learning objectives. While the sector may have said ‘that’s a wrap’ on COUP 2015, you can still benefit from the knowle..

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COUP Continues to Deliver  

COUP Continues to Deliver

This year's COUP brought together over 600 delegates and exhibitors for two days of packed seminars and supplier exhibition time aimed at linking theory to practice in higher education procurement.  As the host consortium, we would like to thank the COUP Organising Committee (please see below)..

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10 Minutes with....SUPC Member Robin Higgins  

10 Minutes with....SUPC Member Robin Higgins

As part of its on-going '10 Minutes With...' series, the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) sat down with SUPC Council Member Robin Higgins to discuss his procurement background and his views on procurement in the sector.    Robin's interview covers everything from a typical ..

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