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How universities save by making better use of IT equipment

Universities are saving money by extending the useful life of IT equipment and offsetting the costs of replacing them through recouping some of their residual value through recycling, this University Business article discovers.

HEPA – building procurement capability in higher education

Why procurement professionalism is essential for institutional sustainability. About the Higher Education Procurement Academy and Procurement Maturity Assessments.
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The Procurement Journey: a ‘how to’ guide from HEPA

The Procurement Journey gives procurement professionals and wider institutional buyers access to a comprehensive 'how to' guide to procurement, including a wealth of useful materials, standardised documentation, up-to-date legislation information, and references to appropriate external advice websites. It has been professionally reviewed, and is now available online for use across the sector.

31 March: Getting the most from open access offsetting deals, London

Learn more about Jisc's negotiated deals to help reduce the costs of publishing open access articles. Participants will gain an improved understanding of the six different offsetting deals offered by Jisc and how the burden of managing article processing charges can be reduced.

HE Shared Legal

Subscription-based legal guidance service for UK HE institutions. Includes help desk and assistance with engaging legal advisers. Operating on a pilot basis, with HEFCE funding.
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LUPC annual conference – 26 March

LUPC's annual conference and exhibition will take place on Thursday 26 March 2015 at Senate House, London. The conference will be FREE for LUPC Members to attend.

G-Cloud

Procurement programme and online catalogue of government approved cloud computing commodity and support services.
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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.

GeM – the online store for HE and FE

eMarketplace and contracts repository for Higher and Further Education sectors offering sector negotiated and approved contracts.
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Finding the right contract caterer for your university

Many UK universities are deciding that catering is an outside job and are teaming up with external providers. This article in University Business looks at the experiences of universities and contract caterers in forming partnerships and working together.