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An Introduction to Procurement England  (PE)


PE is a partnership between the four English Universities Purchasing Consortia: London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC), North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC), North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC) and Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC), along with The Energy Consortium (TEC) and The University Caterers' Organisation (TUCO).


PE was established in the wake of a report from Universities UK (UUK) entitled Efficiency and Effectiveness in Higher Education compiled by a committee chaired by Professor Iain Diamond the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen in 2011. The report was commonly referred to as the Diamond Report, and since a follow upreport in 2015 again led by Professor Diamond, we now have Diamond 1 and 2. The first report suggested the higher education institutions (HEIs) across the sector should look to have 30% of their procurement expenditure via collaborative purchasing arrangements by 2016; the second report noted that by 2013/14 over 25% of spend was as the report recommended. The majority of collaborative procurement across the sector is via the purchasing consortia.


Diamond 1 recommended that collaborative procurement in England could seek to organise their collaborative working in a more formal arrangement and this is the raison d`etre of PE. 

PE does not have staff or let contracts, the relevant consortia are its operational bodies; however it is and will help the HEIs in England and the wider sector towards the targets set for them in the Diamond Reports.