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Outsourced vs on campus services: what’s the best model? – live chat

With the sector spending around £10bn a year on goods and services, universities are looking to reorganise – through outsourcing or collaborative procurement –...

University procurement: not a sexy subject, but essential for our future

University procurement is not a sexy subject, says vice chancellor Nick Petford, but it's time it became a bigger talking point if the sector...

Assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of porters and cleaners

Benchmarking is increasingly used in the quest for efficiency and most universities have used the Procurement Maturity Assessment, developed by SUMS Consulting and the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortia. SUMS has now developed another maturity model that allows easy self assessment and indicates a way forward and has applied it to portering and cleaning services.
Students campaign against supply chain injustice

LUPC joins Electronics Watch to counter labour abuses in tech industry

The largest facilitator of electronics purchasing in the higher education sector, London Universities Purchasing Consortium, joins Electronics Watch to take action against labour abuses in the electronics industry.

GeM – the online store for HE and FE

eMarketplace and contracts repository for Higher and Further Education sectors offering sector negotiated and approved contracts.

Three posts on efficiency from leading speakers at last week’s conference

The 4th annual efficiency conference was held on Wednesday 25 March, with more than 20 speakers from across the higher education sector. Here are three blogposts written for Efficiency Exchange by three of the star speakers from the Universities UK event.

‘Strategic sourcing in UK HEIs: assessing the options’: lunch-time seminar 2 July 2014

Dr Wendy Phillips and Dr Dharm Kapletia of the Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, will present the findings of a study investigating the sourcing strategies and practices of UK Higher Education Intuitions (HEIs), funded by the Innovation and Transformation Fund. When: Wednesday, 2nd July, 2014 Time: 12:30 - 13:30pm Location: Schofield Buidling A.2.03, Loughborough University A buffet lunch will be provided.

HE’s financial health… and a missed opportunity

Procurement - why no mention of it in HEFCE's latest report on the financial health of the higher education sector? asks Andy Davies, Director of London...
Participants in the first NEUPC CIPS induction (pic credit: NEUPC)

How can we tackle procurement skills shortages in higher education?

The higher education sector is facing difficulties in finding and recruiting procurement professionals with the right skills. NEUPC’s CEO Frank Rowell talks about how the consortium is addressing the issue.

G-Cloud: universities can use new online marketplace

G-Cloud is a UK Government initiative to encourage the adoption of Cloud Services across the whole of the Public Sector as well as the higher education sector. It aims to simplify how the Public Sector buys and delivers services by creating a marketplace of pay-as-you-go commodity services that can be easily scaled up or down, based on the changing needs of an organisation and its users.