LUPC works in partnership with a number of key partners to offer our members the very best service.
LUPC offers our members more than 100 supply agreements, however we don’t tender all these ourselves. We work closely with our UKUPC partners to tender agreements and share them reciprocally across all our memberships, thus maximising our resources and the portfolio of agreements we can offer.
UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC)
LUPC and our UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) partners are all about collaboration – the eight UK consortia, comprising the regional consortia detailed below along with The Energy Consortium and the University Caterers Organisation, have teamed up to conduct our procurement activities with the goal of achieving financial and operational efficiencies, as well as sharing best practice.
By working together to harness the power of group purchasing, we are able to save time and money whilst also increasing our teams’ skills and capabilities which in turn benefits our members. By integrating the efforts of our expert teams, we can provide savings, efficiencies and better service for all of the UKUPC community.
Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC)
APUC is the higher education professional buying organisation serving universities and colleges in Scotland. It is part of the UK Universities Procurement Consortia (UKUPC).
Tel: 0131 442 8930
Higher Education Purchasing Consortium, Wales (HEPCW)
HEPCW is the higher education professional buying organisation serving universities and colleges in Wales. It is part of the UK Universities Procurement Consortia (UKUPC).
Tel: 029 2087 4016
North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC)
NEUPC is the higher education professional buying organisation serving universities and colleges in the North East of England. It is part of the UK Universities Procurement Consortia (UKUPC).
Tel: 0113 487 1750
North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC)
NWUPC is the higher education professional buying organisation serving universities and colleges in the North West of England. It is part of the UK Universities Procurement Consortia (UKUPC).
Tel: 0161 234 8000
Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium
SUPC is the higher education professional buying organisation serving universities and colleges in Southern England. It is part of the UK Universities Procurement Consortia (UKUPC).
Tel: 0118 935 7081
The Energy Consortium (TEC)
Tel: 0121 483 1963
The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO)
TUCO Purchasing Ltd is an inter-regional catering purchasing consortium of higher and further education organisations within the United Kingdom.
Tel: 0161 713 3420
Catering related procurement within HEIs in London is conducted through the London Universities Caterers Association (LUCA), a regional member of The Universities Caterers Organisation (TUCO). Further information about LUCA can be obtained by contacting 0845 864 5280/5259.
Other Related Organisations
|Jisc including Eduserv (Chest) Software Agreements
Jisc provides UK universities and colleges with shared digital infrastructure and services, such as the superfast Janet Network. It also offers a number of sector-wide agreements, which are available to LUPC Members.
Eduserv was the not-for-profit provider of the Combined Higher Education Software Team (Chest) and the National Information on Software and Services (NISS) initiatives.
At the start of 2019, Jisc and Eduserv began operating as one organisation. The links below can be used to access further information on both Jisc-led frameworks and the Eduserv (Chest) Software Agreements.
Crown Commercial Service
The Crown Commercial Service (formerly Government Procurement Service) aims to maximise the value for money obtained by government departments and other public bodies through the procurement and supply of goods and services.
Tel: 0345 410 2222
The Higher Education Procurement Association
HEPA aims to advance professional procurement in UK universities and is a partnership of the regional purchasing consortia and BUFDG. It offers a range of resources and training to support the work of anyone involved in purchasing goods and services across universities.
The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
CIPS exists to promote and develop high standards of professional skill, ability and integrity among all those engaged in purchasing and supply chain management. CIPS assists individuals, organisations and the profession as a whole.
Tel: 01780 756 777
Electronics Watch is an independent monitoring organisation that helps public sector buyers work together to protect labour rights and improve working conditions for workers in their global electronics supply chains.
LUPC was the second UK consortium to affiliate all its full members to Electronics Watch, demonstrating our commitment to responsible procurement. Affiliation supports our work to mitigate human rights abuses in supply chains both inside and outside consortia frameworks and is at no extra cost to full LUPC members. If you are a full LUPC member and you don’t already have login details, please email Martina Hooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.