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G-Cloud

Procurement programme and online catalogue of government approved cloud computing commodity and support services.
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Queen Mary University of London: why taking responsibility is good for business

An institution with its origins in Victorian philanthropy values the contributions of all its workers and makes a positive impact on its local community.
Procurement

Making sense of spend

Examining how money is spent is a vital activity for universities and much of this work is carried out on their behalf by the six consortia that make up Procurement England Ltd (PEL). Andy Wojciechowski of PEL explains how this work is helping the sector.

Hefce survey reveals bigger procurement savings

English universities’ procurement efficiencies have saved tens of millions of pounds in a year, according to a survey by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).

University procurement: ‘Never miss an opportunity to promote what you do’

Alison Holmes, director of procurement at Durham University, talks about the important role of procurement in a higher education institution and why it should be seen as a strategic function.
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BUFDG 2014 Annual Conference, 6-8 April, University of Leicester

Booking is now open for the 2014 BUFDG Annual Conference, kindly hosted at the University of Leicester on the 6th-8th April. We have created a fantastic programme of interesting plenary sessions and engaging workshop choices for FDs this year, to help you tailor your conference experience to your needs.

Tony Newjem: adding value at Heriot-Watt

The impact of procurement departments on university's spending is well-known. But as Tony Newjem of Heriot-Watt University explains, as well as saving money they can also add value through their work across the university.
Nick Petford

Three lessons from efficient spending in higher education

Collaborating, upskilling buyers and factoring in social impact are three key ways in which the higher education sector is achieving efficiencies via smarter procurement practices, says Nick Petford, vice-chancellor of the University of Northampton and chair of Procurement UK. Read more of his guest post on ProcurementLeaders.com.

Small, but perfectly formed

Alison Brownjohn, head of procurement at the University for the Creative Arts, tells Rosie Niven about working at a small, specialist institution and her transition from the private sector to a university.

£14.8m cash efficiency savings for NEUPC members

Following the publication of the North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium’s (NEUPC) annual report, Maria Langham describes the consortium’s recent achievements and how it plans to support universities in their mission to deliver world-class education in the future.