Procurement revisited – selected case studies from higher education

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The second phase of efficiency work in higher education led by Professor Sir Ian Diamond and coordinated by Universities UK is well under way and a report will be published next February.

Watch this space for a forthcoming series of articles to highlight this work which we will be publishing over the coming weeks. In the meantime, we thought it would be interesting to re-share some of the best examples of good practice we’ve found – for those of you who might have missed them first time around. Today: a selection of case studies on procurement.

Smarter procurement: University of Newcastle – March 2013 

Newcastle University has made savings of £1.7m a year through improvements in procurement and is forecasting annual savings of £2.4m in the future. The 18-month project focused on identifying and implementing improvements in buying goods and services.

Creating a strategic procurement service – London South Bank University – case study – July 2013

Developing a procurement strategy to contribute to the institution’s corporate plan, including restructuring to provide a category management service.

Procurement Maturity Assessment case study – University of Hertfordshire

Study of how the University of Hertfordshire conducted its Procurement Maturity Assessments and additional procurement change work.

Sustainable procurement for strategic impact – University of Edinburgh – case study – July 2013

The strategic impact of procurement at the University of Edinburgh in terms of Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS) policy, resources and the student experience.

More on procurement case studies in higher education.

Ian Powling
Senior Education Advisor CCEG