Discover and share good practice for smarter working universities




SUPC takes steps to protect supply chain workers

SUPC has joined with the world-wide monitoring organisation Electronics Watch which assists public sector buyers to meet their responsibility to protect the labour rights of workers in their global electronics supply chains more effectively, and less expensively, than any single public sector buyer could accomplish on its own.

Sir Ian Diamond: ‘We can improve… by sharing best practice’.

In an interview with Efficiency Exchange, Professor Sir Ian Diamond reflects on how universities have adapted to become more efficient.
Smart procurement can save thousands of pounds

Measuring, tracking, agreeing and banking procurement benefits

Procurement teams can play an important role in releasing savings to help to reduce budgets in higher education institutions or to bank and reinvest. But Jim Reed, who has held senior procurement roles in a number of sectors, argues that there is room for improvement in how universities measure the benefits they secure.
Nick Petford, vice chancellor, University of Northampton

Nick Petford: seismic shifts at Northampton

The University of Northampton is undergoing many changes ahead of the move to the Waterside campus in 2018. Vice chancellor, Professor Nick Petford, tells Efficiency Exchange about his role in the change and draws some surprising parallels between his academic specialism of volcanology and the higher education environment.

Laboratory sharing to improve rock deformation research

A view on shared services from the United States where an ever-growing group of scientists are seeking to integrate rock deformation labs from across the nation into one shared national facility. This was originally published in EOS magazine.
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.

Case studies

Catering strategy transformation – University of Durham – case study – July 2013

Review of catering provision as part of a corporate strategy to move to more sustainable sourcing and increased support for SME, local and BME suppliers.

Cleaning and security – LUPC – case study – March 2013

Prior to 2011, LUPC's cleaning and security services were tendered separately. But this time round some members of the consortium, particularly smaller ones wanted there to be scope for the two services to be joined. The changes resulted in savings and a host of other benefits, as illustrated by the Institute of Education.

Cleaning procurement – University of Durham – case study – August 2015

Durham University, in partnership with one of its cleaning suppliers, has engaged in innovative research to meet its corporate social responsibility goals, support the environment and achieve significant efficiencies at the same time.