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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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New Office, Computer and Library Supplies Agreement  

New Office, Computer and Library Supplies Agreement

SUPC Members now have access to the new Office, Computer and Library Supplies Agreement worth an estimated £40 million a year. The agreement covers everything from notebooks and pens, to computer consumables and library supplies.   This framework, launched on 1 August and running until 31 Jul..

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Working at a Small Specialist Institution  

Working at a Small Specialist Institution

SUPC's 60 full and associate members span the gamut of higher education institutions.  Members include everything from the small, specialist universities with an annual spend of under £15 million to larger, research-intensive universities with an annual spend of over £400 million.  Working in ..

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PEL Annual Report Highlights Key Achievements  

PEL Annual Report Highlights Key Achievements

Procurement England Ltd (PEL) marks a successful year with the publication of its first annual report, which highlights its progress in strengthening collaborative procurement in higher education.     The report unearths several perhaps-unknown nuggets of information from the higher education ..

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Why I'm Attending COUP  

Why I'm Attending COUP

This year's Conference On University Purchasing (COUP), running from 8 - 10 September at the University of Kent, brings together a wide range of both sector and outside experts to deliver a diverse programme that rivals other training opportunities.  COUP's theme of linking theory to practice in ..

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New Courier, Parcel and International Mail Agreement  

New Courier, Parcel and International Mail Agreement

SUPC members can now access the national courier, parcels and international mail services agreement. This framework – designed for the sector by the sector – brings together two frameworks for the first time to deliver a coherent, consistent and streamlined service.   The agreement is avail..

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend COUP - The List Keeps Growing!  

Top 10 Reasons to Attend COUP - The List Keeps Growing!

There are just under 12 weeks until the Conference On University Purchasing (COUP) -  2015’s premier event for procurement in the higher education sector.  With 50% of available delegate spaces already booked, it is important to register as soon as possible to secure your space.  Need a few r..

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Making the Most of Your  Promotional Product Spend  

Making the Most of Your Promotional Product Spend

Arguably, the most effective procurement teams are those that identify an institutional need and provide a procurement solution that helps the institution save both time and money. The procurement team at Oxford Brookes University (OBU) did just this; leveraging the promotional products purchasing..

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New Member Induction Day - Learn About SUPC and Our Services  

New Member Induction Day - Learn About SUPC and Our Services

SUPC is holding its next New Member Induction Day on 2 July 2015 at the University of Reading.  This is an opportunity for new staff members at SUPC member institutions to: Meet the SUPC team Learn about agreements and services Connect and share good practice with colleagues The event wil..

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