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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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Book Now for the LUPC & SUPC Conference  

Book Now for the LUPC & SUPC Conference

Delegate bookings are now open for the FREE LUPC & SUPC Conference and Exhibition: Collaboration in Action taking place on 15 June 2016 in London.  This is an opportunity for members of both LUPC and SUPC to learn about sector activities and areas of good practice, see the latest offerings fr..

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SUPC eAuction Supports Safer Laboratories While Providing Significant Savings  

SUPC eAuction Supports Safer Laboratories While Providing Significant Savings

The Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) recently facilitated its first eAuction for members.   For the two SUPC members that participated, the eAuction provided price savings and helped both institutions improve efficiency by streamlining the number of products ordered and supplie..

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SUPC Member Conference - Save the Date!  

SUPC Member Conference - Save the Date!

SUPC will be holding a FREE member conference and exhibition on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at Mary Ward House in London.  The event will have content relevant to heads of procurement, procurement professionals both within and outside central procurement teams, as well as wider buyers in other depart..

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How Does SUPC Support Your Sustainability Objectives?  

How Does SUPC Support Your Sustainability Objectives?

While sustainable procurement is no easy task, it is becoming increasing important to higher education institutions in the UK, and is now a tenet of UK public sector procurement policy. As a key service provider of collaborative procurement solutions to the higher education sector, SUPC is explori..

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New Agreement: Plumbing, Sanitary and Heating Equipment/Services  

New Agreement: Plumbing, Sanitary and Heating Equipment/Services

SUPC Members can now access the new Agreement for Plumbing, Sanitary & Heating Equipment, Supplies & Associated Services, which went live on 1 March.  This agreement is split in to three lots and provides a choice of suppliers: Saint Gobain Consortium, Screwfix Direct Ltd and Wolseley UK..

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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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