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Washroom Services Framework Extended  

Washroom Services Framework Extended

The current Washroom Services Framework Agreement expires on 31 July 2015; however, will be extended to provide coverage until the next agreement is in place.  The North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC) will start work to renew this national framework in September 2015 with a vi..

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A Smorgasboard of Suppliers to Visit at COUP  

A Smorgasboard of Suppliers to Visit at COUP

One of the cornerstones of the Conference On University Purchasing  (COUP) is a vibrant supplier exhibition that highlights those suppliers available through consortia contracts.  As delegates peruse the exhibition, you can feel secure in the knowledge that each attending supplier has been succe..

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Top 5 Reasons to Attend COUP  

Top 5 Reasons to Attend COUP

If you haven’t yet registered for COUP, it’s time to get going.  With a limited number of spaces available at sessions, we don’t want you to miss out on your preferred breakout and social activities.  Need a few reasons to attend COUP? How about our top 5 below?       Top 5 Reasons ..

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New Temporary Agency Staffing Services Agreement Launched  

New Temporary Agency Staffing Services Agreement Launched

It is inevitable – every institution will require, at some point, temporary staff to support it in delivering a quality service to students.  With the constant changes and demands for improved efficiencies, institutions often bring in temporary staff members to support existing teams or to cove..

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New EU Regulation Training  

New EU Regulation Training

The changes to EU rules for procurement rushed through parliament last month have generated a considerable range of challenges for university procurement teams. HEPA has been working with Mills and Reeve to provide links to useful resources covering the key features of this new legislation. Links ..

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Now Available - UUK Efficiency and Effectiveness Report  

Now Available - UUK Efficiency and Effectiveness Report

On Thursday 26 February, the 2nd report into Efficiency Effectiveness and Value for Money was launched at Universities UK (UUK). You can watch a video of Professor Sir Ian Diamond, who led the efficiency review, launching the report.   This report builds on the work of the 2011 UUK Efficiency T..

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Latest Data Highlights Transformation in Higher Education Procurement  

Latest Data Highlights Transformation in Higher Education Procurement

New research shows that improvements in procurement across England’s Higher Education sector over the last five years have resulted in a rise in savings and efficiencies of more than 50%.   Some £153m was saved during 2013/14 thanks to procurement efficiencies achieved through arranging lowe..

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PEL’s Role in Supporting Procurement in the HE Sector: An Interview with Rex Knight  

PEL’s Role in Supporting Procurement in the HE Sector: An Interview with Rex Knight

In an already crowded HE sector, can another sector body, Procurement England Limited (PEL), really add value?  In an interview, Rex Knight, Vice-Provost (Operations) at University College London, and Chair of the PEL Board says yes and explains how.   Q: Can you tell us a bit about PEL? Rex..

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Performance 'Health Checks' Inspiring High Performance  

Performance 'Health Checks' Inspiring High Performance

Universities seeking ever higher standards in their procurement are benefiting from a comprehensive measuring tool. Susan Wright, head of the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium, explains how the Procurement Maturity Assessment programme has inspired real changes in English Higher Educatio..

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New Recruitment Advertising and Resources Agreement Will Help Institutions Attract the Best  

New Recruitment Advertising and Resources Agreement Will Help Institutions Attract the Best

Hardly a week passes when recruitment is not at the top of a higher education institution’s agenda.  Whether it is attracting the best and the brightest students, or cultivating a highly qualified and capable staff, recruitment is essential to any university or college.  That’s why the new N..

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How the Economy Affects HE Procurement: A Profile of COUP Speaker John Glen  

How the Economy Affects HE Procurement: A Profile of COUP Speaker John Glen

John Glen, CIPS Economist and senior economics lecturer at Cranfield School of Management, is one of over 35 speakers bringing the latest in HE procurement development to COUP 2015.  As part of his keynote, Glen will talk to delegates about the impact of the global economy on HE procurement, and ..

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Procurement: A Guide for Governors  

Procurement: A Guide for Governors

If you are looking for a well written document to help you explain procurement to governors in your institution, look no further than the latest Getting to Grips guide from the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.  Procurement, A Guide for Governors, written by John Lakin, addresses quest..

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Understanding Construction Procurement - A Profile of COUP Speaker Tony Forbat  

Understanding Construction Procurement - A Profile of COUP Speaker Tony Forbat

Estates spend represents a significant proportion of impactable HE expenditure.  The potential for effective procurement to deliver real process and cash savings in Estates buying is obvious and in his talk Understanding Construction Procurement, COUP speaker Tony Forbat will be highlighting the..

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COUP Announces Packed Programme  

COUP Announces Packed Programme

For procurement professionals in the Higher Education (HE) sector, collaboration, exchanging ideas, and learning from others are all essential to delivering effective and efficient procurement solutions.  Institutions across the sector face the same challenges – increased demands for savings an..

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Keynote Speakers Announced for COUP 2015  

Keynote Speakers Announced for COUP 2015

The Conference On University Purchasing (COUP) is poised to deliver two days of engaging and valuable content that will provide delegates with access to leading experts on procurement practices from both within and beyond the sector. Punctuating the conference programme is COUP’s line-up of thre..

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