Our Agreements

Training Courses

Internal courses

The Higher Education Procurement Academy (HEPA) is a collaborative project between the regional purchasing consortia and BUFDG. It aims to professionalise procurement across universities, and offers low-cost, high-quality training courses that are ideal for those new to Procurement, and buyers across other disciplines inlcuding Estates, IT or Professional Services.

Visit the HEPA course calendar


HEPA online learning modules


In association with HEPA, LUPC also offers specific purchasing training for buyers in higher education, and our partner sectors, who wish to improve their procurement skills. 

Full calendar of LUPC training



External courses


Achilles provides a number of open courses for procurement professionals. LUPC Members receive a 10% discount off of the £95 half-day open course rate.

Contact Daniel Bremner, EU Team on 01235 838655 with:

  • Delegate name and job title
  • Invoice address
  • Purchase order number or card details
  • Contact telephone number and email address
  • Remember to mention you're an LUPC Member on booking.


Achilles EU Academy

Achilles also offers a six-module EU Academy course to improve your understanding of the principles and objectives of the EU procurement legislation and examine, in a practical way, the proper approach to advertising contracts, selecting suppliers and awarding contracts.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), the Achilles EU Academy provides you with certification, CIPS CPD points and Solicitors Regulation Authority CPD points. It is useful for anyone who is new to EU procurement or looking to identify gaps in their EU knowledge for personal development plans.

Find out more in Achilles'  EU Academy brochure.


Free Service

If you are studying for your CIPS accreditation and are struggling with EU procurement legislation, LUPC have secured an agreement with Achilles information for the use of Themis, the EU encyclopaedia of EU rules, with over 350 frequently asked questions link to relevant court cases. It also includes consolidated UK and Scottish Regulations, illustrations and flowcharts, plus articles written by experts on specific topics to help you understand how the rules are interpreted.

There is an “Ask Achilles” function which allows you to ask EU question during this time for further clarification.

For further information on how to get access to the system, contact Daniel Bremner, with your name, organisation and contact details and they will provide a temporary log in.


The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply offers a number of training services including study programmes, special events, and professional resources.







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