Our members’ average return on investment through LUPC membership is 73:1, with organisations saving £19.9 million in 2021-22. By utilising any of our 100+ framework agreements, you will also recognise a reduction in time and tendering costs for both buyers and suppliers. All LUPC and UKUPC framework agreements are tendered by experts and are compliant with the Public Contracts Regulations and The Public Procurement (Amendment etc.)(EU Exit) Regulations 2020. Should you require any assistance with using our frameworks, please contact the LUPC member of staff assigned to the particular framework agreement in the document below.

HE Contracts (HEC) is the framework agreements database. All consortia members will be able to access HEC for browsing framework agreement information, without the need to login. If you cannot see this information, please contact Suzanne Picken who will arrange access for you. Members can register for individual logins, which provide a deeper level of access and any commercially sensitive information associated with the framework agreement. Please register for this access; approval is usually provided within 24 hours. More information about logging in is available in the HE Contracts User Guide and you can click here for YouTube videos on how to use  HE Contracts. If you have problems logging in please contact support@hecontracts.co.uk.


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LUPC staff are very happy to talk you through the use of framework agreements, and the various ways to call-off from them. As this process varies from agreement to agreement, we recommend you read the framework agreement Buyer's Guide, available on HE Contracts, or speak to the relevant LUPC Category Manager.


Tenders in progress

LUPC works collaboratively through UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC), a formal partnership between APUC, HEPCW, LUPC, NEUPC, NWUPC, SUPC, TEC and TUCO to support collaborative procurement within Higher Education. Listed below are tenders in progress across UKUPC that are open to LUPC members. NB the 'expected date' is the start date of the agreement.  

  • Asbestos Removal Services (expected to start May 2024) Contact: Julie Gooch 07546 050 410

  • Library Management Systems and Associated Services (expected start 30 June 2024) Contact: Mike Kilner 07932 347182

  • High Performance Computing (expected start 1 August 2024) Contact: Mike Kilner 07932 347182
  • Audio Visual: Supplies, System Design, Installation and Maintenance (expected start 1 August 2024) Contact: Mike Kilner 07932 347182 

  • IT Related Accessories and Parts (ITRAP) (expected start 1 September 2024) Contact: Mike Kilner 07932 347182 

  • Academic Integrity and Assessment Management Systems (expected start 1 September 2024) Contact: Mike Kilner 07932 347182.

  • Network & Security Equipment, Jisc (expected start 1 September 2024). Contact: Mike Kilner 07932 347182

  • eTendering Platform (expected start 15 September 2024). Contact: Antonio Ramirez 07932 346 741

  • Online Streaming and Online Training Services 2 (expected start 30 October 2024) Contact: Mike Kilner 07932 347182 

  • Software License Resellers (expected start February 2025) Contact: Mike Kilner 07932 34718


Tender Working Parties

LUPC invites members to join relevant Framework Tender Working Parties (TWPs).  A TWP shapes and supports the delivery of our framework agreements, so individuals involved play a key role in ensuring the delivery of efficient and effective contracts which meets the needs of our membership.  They are usually a mixture of consortia staff, member organisation’s procurement professionals and technical or specialist representatives.

From personal development to advantages for the organisation and suppliers, this document, developed by UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC), sets out the benefits to you of participating in TWPs and explains our promise to professionally support and deliver effective working groups.