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LUPC’s Responsible Procurement expert begins work placement at Jisc

Sep 27 2021

Marisol Bernal, LUPC’s Responsible Procurement Lead has begun her work placement at Jisc today.  Over the next twelve weeks, Marisol will be...

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Interested in learning about carbon literacy?

Sep 22 2021

Marisol Bernal, LUPC’s Responsible Procurement Lead recently attended Carbon Literacy training delivered jointly by the Environmental Association for...

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Are you ready to respond to a ransomware attack?

Sep 21 2021

What are the key factors for organisations to consider in the first 48 hours of a ransomware attack?  DAC Beachcroft, a supplier on the Legal...

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It’s not IF it’s WHEN! Cyber Attacks- are you ready?

Sep 20 2021

On the 14th September, UKUPC held the first webinar in its planned series of events. Thank you to those who were able to attend. Three expert...

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LUPC Funded Presentation Skills Training for members

Sep 20 2021

With 73% of businesses planning to stick to their current levels of working from home, like it or not online presentations are here to stay. In an...

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LUPC strategy responds to the changing public procurement landscape

Sep 17 2021

We've ensured our new Strategy, Working together to achieve shared goals in a changing world, reflects the changing public procurement...

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How the LUPC strategy has evolved

Sep 16 2021

Our new Strategy, Working together to achieve shared goals in a changing world, focuses on six key areas that the consortium will deliver for members...

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LUPC publishes our 2021-24 Strategy today

Sep 15 2021

We are pleased to launch our Strategy for 2021-2024: Working together to achieve shared goals in a changing world.  It has been written in...

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LUPC demonstrates its leadership in responsible procurement

Sep 14 2021

LUPC’s Director, Don Bowman and LUPC Board member, Dr Olga Martin-Ortega contributed their expertise and as consultant authors for new guidance... 

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LUPC today

Sep 14 2021

In the run up to launch our new Strategy, we gave you a brief history of LUPC yesterday.  Today, LUPC has 89 full members with its membership...

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LUPC - How it all began

Sep 13 2021

We are excited to be launching our new Strategy for 2021-2024 this Wednesday. In the run-up, we would like to take you down memory lane, to when LUPC...

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LUPC Board Updates - September 2021

Sep 9 2021

We are pleased to announce Naina Patel, HR Director at the University of the Arts London (UAL), joined the LUPC Board at the beginning of September...

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Cyber security isn’t an IT problem, it is everyone’s responsibility

Sep 8 2021

Its 6.30pm on a Friday and something looks strange on your pc, you can’t access your files, nothing works.  You call your IT helpdesk, they...

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LUPC awarded CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark for second year running

Sep 8 2021

LUPC has been awarded the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Corporate Ethics Mark for the second year running. The...

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Lab Equipment Framework: Prezi overview now available

Sep 2 2021

All members of UKUPC can now access a Prezi overview of the latest General Laboratory Equipment framework agreement (LAB5061 LU) . This interactive...

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UKUPC Market Insight Document

Sep 1 2021

UKUPC and its professional category leads throughout the UK has produced a document providing insight to members on what is happening in national and...

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New Modern Slavery and Human Rights guide available for members

Aug 26 2021

LUPC members can access this comprehensive guide listing resources related to modern slavery & human rights, including UK and international...

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LUPC holds suppliers to account on their Modern Slavery Statements

Aug 25 2021

In April this year, we carried out a review of the Modern Slavery Statements of our top 20 suppliers based on our spend and commodity risk...

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Legal Services events

Aug 24 2021

Various legal services events have been organised over the next few months by suppliers on the Legal Services (PFB5041 LU) framework agreement,...

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New Responsible Procurement Resources on our website

Aug 10 2021

Driving awareness and improvement in responsible procurement for our members and the wider community benefit is a key part of what LUPC does. We...

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Public Procurement round-up

Aug 9 2021

The UK’s Public Procurement regime is set for wide ranging reform with a new Procurement Bill expected to be introduced from September 2021. The main...

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Ceremonial Gowns Supply Chains

Aug 4 2021

To support members and suppliers with their human rights and sustainability due diligence, we have continued our supply chain mapping exercise of...

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Membership survey for 2021 now underway

Aug 2 2021

We would like to thank members for renewing their LUPC membership. We are looking forward to a new academic year, supporting you with all your...

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Seeking UKUPC members for Graduation Services framework tender

Jul 28 2021

LUPC’s current Ceremonial Gown and Photography Services framework agreement will expire on 18 March 2022. Work is currently underway to re-tender...

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National Minimum Wage webinar – the apprentice rate and associated risks

Jul 22 2021

HMRC is offering live webinars covering the most common mistakes to help employers pay their apprentices correctly.  If you employ apprentices...

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Read the latest edition of Linked magazine

Jul 22 2021

The Summer edition of Linked is now available here, our electronic magazine with a function that allows you to flip pages. If you would like to read...

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COUP 2022 Update

Jul 21 2021

We recently carried out a UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) survey of members to understand their views on COUP, the Conference on...

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Three LUPC members are finalists of the Green Gown Awards!

Jul 13 2021

Three LUPC members are finalists of this year's Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland!  Congratulations to: the University of Greenwich, University...

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LUPC Signs the SDG Accord – will you make the pledge?

Jul 12 2021

The SDG accord is the University and College sectors collective response to the Global Goals. The purpose of the SDG (Sustainable Development...

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Conference Highlights: On-Demand Category Sessions

Jul 9 2021

On our last day of sharing the LUPC & SUPC Conference highlights with you, we would like to remind you about the ten on-demand sessions.

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Cabinet Office - PPN 07/21

Jul 8 2021

The Cabinet Office have released a new Procurement Policy Note (PPN) which provides guidance to remind public bodies of the requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 to publish information about opportunities and awards over certain low value thresholds on Contracts Finder.

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Conference Highlights: Mental Health - Supporting Ourselves and Our Communities

Jul 8 2021

Today, we will be sharing the lessons learned from the session Mental Health: Supporting Ourselves and Our Communities at the LUPC & SUPC Annual...

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Conference Highlights: Measuring social value

Jul 7 2021

In this session at the LUPC & SUPC Conference in May, we heard from Nathan Goode from The Social Value Portal and Bahar Shahin from Queen Mary...

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Conference Highlights: Procurement Transformation

Jul 6 2021

Today, we continue sharing the highlights from the LUPC & SUPC Conference on 20 May.  In the second of our live webinars, we heard from...

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Electronics Watch surveys its members

Jul 6 2021

Electronics Watch are seeking the views of their members to help shape the way they work with affiliates.  Electronics Watch have just begun...

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Highlights from the LUPC & SUPC Annual Conference

Jul 5 2021

This week, we will be sharing the highlights and key takeaways from each of the sessions at the joint LUPC & SUPC conference held in May, for...

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Antibodies & Sera Framework Agreement launch

Jul 1 2021

Members can now access the re-tendered Antibodies & Sera and other matrices (LAB4042) framework agreement – the only higher-education focused...

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Welcome to our newest member: The National Oceanography Centre

Jul 1 2021

We are delighted to welcome our newest member:  The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) The NOC’s mission is to make sense of changing seas by...

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Electronics Watch publishes Annual Report

Jun 28 2021

Electronics Watch, the independent monitoring organisation which aims to help public sector organisations work together to meet their responsibility...

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Cabinet Office Survey - New Procurement Regime

Jun 24 2021

The Green Paper "Transforming Public Procurement" set out a package of proposals to overhaul the rules that govern spending by public sector bodies....

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Realities of post Covid-19 working life revealed- a report by Banner

Jun 21 2021

The workplace and our working patterns and behaviour have changed beyond recognition during 2020/21.  The seismic shift in working life is...

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New Legal Services Framework Agreement

Jun 17 2021

LUPC members can now access the new LUPC-led Legal Services framework agreement (PFB5069 LU). This agreement is open to members of HEPCW, LUPC, NEUPC...

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New Laboratory Equipment (General) and Associated Post Installation Services Framework Agreement

Jun 16 2021

LUPC members can now access the new LUPC led General Laboratory Equipment framework agreement (LAB5061 LU). This national agreement is open to...

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Welcome to our newest member- the Architectural Association School of Architecture

Jun 14 2021

It is a pleasure to introduce our newest member: The Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, which offers a variety of programmes of...

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Contract Management Training

Jun 10 2021

APUC, HEPCW, LUPC and SUPC have organised and funded an experienced trainer to deliver contract management training to its members free of charge...

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Results from Ceremonial Gown and Photography Service survey

Jun 10 2021

LUPC currently runs the Ceremonial Gown and Photography Services Agreement, which includes hire and purchase of ceremonial gowns and digital...

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New Global Workforce Mobility Services Framework now available

Jun 8 2021

LUPC members can now access the Global Workforce Mobility Services Framework - PFB3135 NW, covering the provision of services to help with the...

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Supporting The Royal College of Physicians with Sustainable Procurement

Jun 7 2021

Marisol Bernal, LUPC’s Responsible Procurement Lead, shares her thoughts and experience following her three-month work placement at the Royal College...

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White Goods and Associated Electrical Appliances Framework Launch

Jun 7 2021

LUPC members can now access the new NWUPC led White Goods and Associated Electrical Appliances Framework – JAN3134 NW. The agreement went live on the...

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National Procurement Policy Statement (PPN 05/21) published

Jun 4 2021

The Cabinet Office has published PPN 05/21 covering the National Procurement Policy Statement (NPPS) . It sets out information and guidance for...

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Government publishes Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 04/21: Applying Exclusions in Public Procurement, Managing Conflicts of Interest and Whistleblowing

Jun 2 2021

he Government has published Public Procurement Note (PPN) 04/21 on applying exclusions and preventing, identifying and remedying conflicts of...

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation events

Jun 1 2021

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an organisation we work closely with on Sustainability, will be holding the following events, which may be...

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Government launches Sourcing and Consultancy Playbooks

Jun 1 2021

The UK government has launched new Sourcing and Consultancy Playbooks which provide guidance for making sourcing decisions for the delivery of public...

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Highlights of the LUPC & SUPC Conference 2021

May 27 2021

Thank you to our members and exhibitors for joining us at our first fully virtual conference and exhibition on 20 May 2021. We hope you enjoyed it as...

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Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) services and Associated Services agreement now live

May 25 2021

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Services and Associated Services agreement is now live. Lot 1 (Proprietary VLE) went live 22 April on a 2...

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Washroom Services Framework launch

May 17 2021

Members can now access the new Washroom Services Framework - JAN3136 NW. This national agreement is a retender of a well-established agreement...

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LUPC analyse suppliers’ Modern Slavery Statements

May 13 2021

Addressing modern slavery risk, as part of responsible procurement, is a topic of huge importance to LUPC. We continually work towards driving best...

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Procurement Green Paper – an update?

May 12 2021

In the Queens speech and as is customary, the Queen laid out information on all Bills expected to be put to Parliament in the next 12 months; this...

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Climate Literacy for Procurement eLearning

May 10 2021

The Scottish Government has released a Climate Literacy for Procurement learning module. The module aims to give those in procurement confidence to...

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CIPS webinar: How to promote the Procurement Function

May 9 2021

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) are holding a free webinar on Tuesday 18 May called Random Eureka Moments- How to Promote...

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Latest UKUPC newsletter published today!

May 6 2021

UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC), comprised of the regional purchasing consortia; LUPC, SUPC, APUC, HEPCW, NEUPC, NWUPC andThe...

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Welcome to our newest member: the Bank of England

May 5 2021

We are delighted to welcome our newest member: the Bank of England. The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. It is a public...

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Incorporating Social Value in Public Procurement.

Apr 30 2021

Mills and Reeve held an informative webinar providing legislative and practical advice on including social value in public procurement. If...

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Where we learn matters: The impact and reduction of embodied carbon

Apr 29 2021

Did you know that the built environment is responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions globally?  Would you like to understand more?  ...

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From Linear to Circular: Emma's Lessons learnt from week 2- 'Outside my comfort zone'

Apr 28 2021

LUPC's Deputy Director, Emma Keenan, shares her thoughts from this week's session of the Ellen Macarthur Foundation's 'From Linear to Circular'...

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Prezi on Printer and Managed Print Services agreement (NEPA2)

Apr 24 2021

To help members understand the benefits of the newly re-tendered Printers and Managed Print Services agreement (NEPA2), have a look at this...

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Carbon Literacy Training

Apr 23 2021

Date: Friday 7th and Friday 14th May  (running in two halves to make the content easier to digest) Time: 09.30 – 13.00 on both days Cost...

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Modern Slavery Guidance for suppliers

Apr 22 2021

The UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) has developed an advisory document for suppliers on how to write good modern slavery statement...

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What is a Circular Economy?- Lessons to share with members

Apr 22 2021

Emma Keenan, Deputy Director at LUPC, shares her thoughts from her first session on the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s programme: ‘From Linear to...

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Prezi on Removals and Relocations Framework

Apr 20 2021

Following on from the recent launch of the Removals and Relocations Framework, NEUPC Category Manager, Sam Wells has created an interactive...

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Three key skills required for effective tendering

Apr 16 2021

A number of skills and attributes are required of procurement professionals involved in the tender process. We’ve identified three that we believe...

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Embedding Responsible Procurement within the tendering process

Apr 15 2021

Responsible procurement is about ensuring environmental, social and economic elements are taken into consideration when procuring goods and services...

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The benefits of being involved in a Tender Working Party

Apr 14 2021

A Tender Working Party (TWP) plays such an important part of the procurement process as it shapes and supports the delivery of LUPC framework...

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Top Tendering Tips

Apr 13 2021

Today, our expert Category Managers share their top tendering tips when procuring: When planning a procurement exercise, ask as many open...

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LUPC's framework agreement tendering process

Apr 12 2021

This week, we will be focusing on tendering, a subject that the LUPC team have expertise in.  We will begin with the LUPC framework agreement...

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Applications for the 2021 Green Gown Awards now open

Apr 8 2021

Applications for the 2021 Green Gown Awards are now open!  The Green Gown awards celebrate innovative and inspiring sustainability work taking...

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Legal Services Events

Apr 7 2021

Various legal services events have been organised by suppliers on the Legal Services (PFB5041 LU) framework agreement which may be of...

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Recording available on the UK Food Information Amendment (Natasha’s Law) webinar

Mar 26 2021

Over 200 members attended the webinar on the UK Food Information Amendment (Natasha’s Law), held in partnership with LUPC, TUCO and Panache...

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UKUPC Impact Statement 2019/20: How did members benefit?

Mar 25 2021

This year’s UKUPC (UK Universities Purchasing Consortia) Impact Statement is now available, highlighting how LUPC members have benefitted through...

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LUPC switches from Google to Ecosia- ‘The search engine that plants trees’

Mar 22 2021

The LUPC team have switched their default search engine to Ecosia, which is a social enterprise donating 80% of its profits to not-for-profit...

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Register now for LUPC & SUPC’s Conference on 20 May

Mar 18 2021

Registrations are now open for LUPC & SUPC’s conference and exhibition on Thursday 20 May 2021! This year’s event will be a new experience for..

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The Government Modern Slavery Statement registry

Mar 18 2021

The Home Office has launched the Government modern slavery statement registry which brings together statements in one place, making it easier for...

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) tender and call off questions

Mar 17 2021

The UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) Responsible Procurement Network has developed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) tender and...

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National Education Printer Agreement2 (NEPA2) launch

Mar 11 2021

The National Education Printer Agreement2 (Nepa2) is now available for members to access. Awarded on 1st March 2021, the agreement provides a...

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LUPC publishes its formal consultation response to the Green Paper

Mar 8 2021

Following the publication of the Green Paper on transforming public procurement in December 2020, LUPC has engaged regularly with its members...

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LUPC’s collaboration on Responsible Procurement

Mar 5 2021

LUPC works in partnership with organisations such as BHRE, HEPA, Electronics Watch and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to ensure we can provide the...

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HEPA initiatives to reduce packaging in higher education institutions.

Mar 4 2021

During 2020, and likely as a direct effect of the pandemic, online product sales increased by 36%, the highest growth rate in 13 years. [1] This...

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LUPC Professional Services Category Meeting - 23 March

Mar 4 2021

Responsible for the procurement of professional services? Don’t miss out on LUPC’s Professional Services Category Group Meeting for LUPC members...

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Making the most out of Electronics Watch

Mar 4 2021

We pay an annual subscription to allow all full members of LUPC affiliated membership to Electronics Watch. Electronics Watch is an independent...

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Marisol’s top tips to help members with their responsible procurement activity

Mar 3 2021

Marisol Bernal, LUPC’s in-house Responsible Procurement expert, has undertaken 12 week work placements with three of our members:  London School...

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New Member: Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

Mar 3 2021

The latest organisation to join LUPC is the non-ministerial government body, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The CMA works to promote...

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Legal Services Events

Mar 2 2021

Various legal services events have been organised by suppliers on the Legal Services (PFB5041 LU) framework agreement which may be of...

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Responsible Procurement resources

Mar 2 2021

Driving awareness and improvement in responsible procurement for our members and the wider community benefit is a key part of what LUPC does and we...

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LUPC’s commitment to Responsible Procurement

Mar 1 2021

LUPC understands the continued importance of working in partnership with our members, suppliers and other consortia to ensure sustainable and...

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Removals and Relocations Services framework agreement

Mar 1 2021

LUPC members can now access the re-tendered Removals and Relocations Framework. The agreement covers a wider range of commercial removals and...

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Software Licence Resellers Agreement (SLRA) now live

Feb 25 2021

LUPC members can now access the re-tendered Software Licence Resellers Agreement (SLRA) for their student and staff software needs. The...

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Government publishes Procurement Policy Note- PPN 02/21: Requirements for contracts covered by the WTO Government Procurement Agreement and the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement

Feb 17 2021

On 19 February 2021, the Cabinet Office published Procurement Policy Note 02/21, which informs contracting authorities of requirements in relation to...

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LUPC Annual Review 2019-20

Feb 17 2021

On behalf of the Chair and Board of LUPC, I am pleased to share with you our Annual Review for 2019-20. Despite collaborative procurement spend...

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Legal Services Events

Feb 11 2021

Various legal services events have been organised by suppliers on the Legal Services (PFB5041 LU) framework agreement which may be of interest....

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Responsible Procurement resources on the LUPC website

Feb 11 2021

We have many tools and resources available on the LUPC website to help members with their responsible procurement practices.  A new...

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Continued support for members’ staff to work from home

Feb 8 2021

Almost a year on from the start of the pandemic, we know that majority of university staff are still working from home. The suppliers to Lot 1 of the...

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Member benefits: Events and Training

Feb 5 2021

One of the biggest benefits of being a LUPC member is the number and variety of events and training sessions (free of charge or subsidised) that LUPC...

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Achilles whitepaper on Reform of Public Procurement Law after Brexit

Feb 4 2021

Achilles, a provider of one of our member benefits, Achilles’ THEMis, has written a useful whitepaper on the Reform of Public Procurement Law after...

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Member benefits: Supporting our members with responsible procurement

Feb 4 2021

Driving awareness and improvement in responsible procurement for our members and the wider community benefit is a key part of what LUPC does and we...

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From Linear to Circular: A global learning programme run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Feb 3 2021

LUPC works closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on our responsible procurement activity and they have many resources tailored to HE Institutes... 

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Member benefits: Millions of pounds saved across our membership through UKUPC framework agreements

Feb 3 2021

In 2019-20, members collectively saved £19m after spending over £234m, using our framework agreements. Members have access to over 100 goods and...

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National Social Value Conference

Feb 2 2021

We would like to let you know about the National Social Value Conference, a free virtual event taking place on 23-24 February, which you may find...

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The true value of LUPC membership

Feb 2 2021

One of the more obvious benefits of being a member of LUPC is having access to so many framework agreements, allowing members to achieve value for...

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Welcome to Martina Trusgnach, PhD student supporting LUPC responsible procurement

Feb 2 2021

We would like to introduce Martina Trusgnach, who is undertaking her PhD in the Business, Human Rights and Environment (BHRE) Research Group at the...

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Benefits of LUPC membership

Feb 1 2021

This week, we will be highlighting the many benefits of being a member of LUPC.  As experts in procurement, our purpose is to achieve value for...

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Consultation response for the Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement

Feb 1 2021

LUPC has been reviewing the recently published Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement in order to understand the potential implications of the...

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Deadline for PVS submissions extended to 12 February 2021

Jan 29 2021

HEPA has extended the submission date for the annual Procurement Value Survey (PVS) to 12 February 2021. We strongly recommend that our HE members...

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Public Procurement post Brexit- Article by Mills & Reeve

Jan 28 2021

Mills & Reeve have written a really useful article on Public Procurement in 2021 for the winter edition of LUPC's Linked magazine, which was...

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Linked Winter edition published today

Jan 27 2021

The Winter edition of LUPC's Linked magazine is now available!  Have a read. This edition includes articles on: Public Procurement in...

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Reminder to publish your Modern Slavery Statement

Jan 26 2021

We would like to remind our members to review their current Modern Slavery Statements and make the appropriate amendments before the next publication...

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Transforming Public Procurement Green paper: the highlights

Jan 26 2021

Following the publication of the Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper last month, Jayne Thorn, Category Manager at SUPC, has written... 

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*SAVE THE DATE*- LUPC & SUPC Conference 2021

Jan 25 2021

We’re pleased to announce that our LUPC & SUPC Conference 2021 will take place as a virtual conference and exhibition on Thursday...

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Company monitoring through Creditsafe

Jan 25 2021

Never before has contract management been so important.  The dual impacts of Brexit and Covid both on and for businesses have pushed to the...

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Free events from HEPA

Jan 25 2021

26 January @ 10AM: Time to Talk – EU Exit Logistics & Freight Forwarding Neil Hall and Sam Hunt of Crown Commercial Service will explore...

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Welcome to our newest member- the University of Buckingham

Jan 18 2021

We are delighted to welcome our newest member: the University of Buckingham, who have joined us this month. The University of Buckingham is the...

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Green Paper for Transforming Public Procurement: Member and Supplier Consultations

Jan 14 2021

The Government Commercial Function is running a number of consultation sessions on the  Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement for both...

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LUPC publishes its updated Responsible Procurement Strategy

Jan 13 2021

Last month, the LUPC Board approved our updated Responsible Procurement strategy which you can access here. The main updates include additional...

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LUPC's sixth annual Modern Slavery Statement

Jan 13 2021

LUPC published its sixth Modern Slavery Statement (MSS) last month. LUPC is committed to responsible procurement and to supporting the...

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Responsible Procurement event on 4 February

Jan 12 2021

We are holding our first joint Responsible Procurement group meeting with SUPC on 4 February 10.00-12.00. The quarterly meetings will showcase...

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LUPC publishes paper on wage rates in public procurement contracts

Jan 6 2021

LUPC is proud to be a Living Wage employer. That means we have made a commitment to pay the independently-calculated Living Wage rates to all staff...

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Interactive presentation: Audio Visual: Supplies, System Design, Installation and Maintenance

Jan 5 2021

NEUPC have created an interactive presentation on the national Audio Visual: Supplies, System Design, Installation and Maintenance framework...

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LUPC New Year Message

Jan 4 2021

Wishing all our members a Happy New Year. Working alongside our UKUPC partners, our team is here to support you through the challenges we face in...

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Happy Christmas from LUPC & Holiday Closure Dates

Dec 18 2020

Don Bowman, LUPC Director, and the team would like to wish our members, suppliers and partners a Merry Christmas. We hope you all have a very well-...

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Government publishes its Green Paper for transforming public procurement

Dec 17 2020

On Tuesday, the Cabinet Office published their Green Paper for transforming public procurement which you can read here. In conjunction with our UK...

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LUPC publishes its sixth annual Modern Slavery Statement

Dec 16 2020

LUPC has today published its sixth Modern Slavery Statement (MSS).  LUPC is committed to responsible procurement and to supporting the...

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New national framework agreement - Doors Maintenance, Repair and Installation Services (EFM1045 AP)

Dec 16 2020

The Doors Maintenance, Repair and Installation Services framework agreement (EFM1045 AP) is now live and will run for a period of two years with the...

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Green Gown awards: 3 LUPC members are finalists!

Dec 14 2020

EAUC, the Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education, has announced the finalists for the Green Gown awards which celebrate innovative and...

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NEW national framework agreement - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Work & Sports Wear (JAN1012 AP)

Dec 10 2020

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Work & Sports Wear framework agreement (JAN1012 AP) is now live and will run for a period of two years,...

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Top tips on Responsible Procurement following a 3-month work placement at the Natural History Museum

Dec 3 2020

Marisol Bernal, LUPC’s Responsible Procurement expert, shares some lessons and top tips from her three month work placement at the Natural History...

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Modern Slavery Act Statements – reminder

Dec 2 2020

Today, on the International day for the abolition of Slavery, we remind you that your new annual reporting statement is likely to be due in the...

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LUPC facilitates member engagement

Dec 1 2020

We held two very well attended meetings with our members last week; our first ever quarterly Operational Procurement Network (OPN) meeting and our...

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UKUPC outlines the benefits of joining a Tender Working Party (TWP)

Nov 26 2020

UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) have developed a document outlining the benefits of joining a Tender Working Party (TWP).  A TWP...

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Government publishes Procurement Policy Note (PPN 08/20)- Introduction of Find a Tender

Nov 25 2020

On 23 November 2020, the Cabinet Office published Procurement Policy Note PPN 08/20 Introduction of Find a Tender.  The PPN includes information...

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New Guide to help universities prepare for the end of the transition period

Nov 17 2020

Universities UK (UUK) has published a useful guide for universities on how to prepare for the end of the transition period in the event that there is...

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Resources now available from the joint LUPC & SUPC Responsible Procurement event on 4.11.20

Nov 11 2020

Many of you joined us for the LUPC & SUPC Responsible Procurement event last week.  It was interesting and thought-provoking to hear from...

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Autumn Linked Magazine - have a read!

Oct 29 2020

LUPC's Autumn 2020 Linked magazine is now available. As well as an update across UKUPC framework agreements and LUPC’s responsible...

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LUPC & SUPC Joint Responsible Procurement Group coming soon

Oct 28 2020

The LUPC & SUPC responsible procurement event, taking place on 4th November, will not only be an opportunity for you to learn from some...

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Update on COUP2021 and LUPC/SUPC Annual Conference for 2021

Oct 28 2020

The decision has been taken to postpone the Conference on University Procurement (COUP2021), originally scheduled for 7-9 September 2021, due to the...

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Annual LUPC Membership Survey Report

Oct 16 2020

The results of our membership survey for 2020 are now available in this report. We invite you to have a read to see what our members think of the...

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LUPC Category Group Meetings: Estates and Professional Services

Oct 13 2020

LUPC has set up quarterly category group meetings for Estates & Facilities Management and Professional Services, with the first ones taking place...

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Malcolm Harrison, CIPS Group CEO, recognises LUPC’s fantastic work in Responsible Procurement

Oct 12 2020

Last month, LUPC was awarded the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) Corporate Ethics Mark. The accreditation demonstrates our on-... 

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LUPC's new look

Oct 8 2020

LUPC has today launched its new logo and strapline as part of a brand re-fresh.  With a logo created many years ago, it became clear that a...

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CIPS Study Courses 2020-21

Oct 6 2020

LUPC has appointed Central Business School for the second year running to deliver either classroom-based, or online via Zoom, CIPS courses in...

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Welcome to our newest member- The Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre

Oct 1 2020

We are delighted to welcome our newest member: The Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC), the first of its kind in the UK. VMIC is a...

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Tender and Call-Off Questions

Sep 29 2020

Responsible procurement is at the centre of everything LUPC does. Our purpose is to achieve value for money for our members in a way that not only...

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Vacancies on LUPC’s Board

Sep 28 2020

LUPC is seeking applications from its membership to fill two vacancies for non-remunerated Board posts. These are exciting posts and as a Board...

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COVID-19 On-site Testing Guidance Document

Sep 21 2020

UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) has compiled a guidance document covering on-site COVID-19 testing. It covers a wide range of...

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Floor Coverings - New Framework Agreement Launched

Sep 17 2020

NEUPC has launched their newest framework agreement, Floor Coverings, which is available for use by LUPC members. This is the first time that the HE...

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LUPC awarded the CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark

Sep 9 2020

LUPC has been awarded the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) Corporate Ethics Mark. The accreditation demonstrates our on-...

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New member: The Alan Turing Institute

Aug 27 2020

We are delighted to welcome our first new member of the financial year, The Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and...

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LUPC follows up on reports of human rights abuses in the PPE supply chain

Aug 20 2020

Following on from a Channel 4 investigation that revealed significant human rights abuses in the supply chain for the production of personal...

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Audio Visual: Supplies, System Design, Installation and Maintenance framework agreement awarded

Aug 19 2020

NEUPC has launched the new Audio Visual framework agreement, available to LUPC members. This new agreement, live from 7 August, was designed by...

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Back to work supplies - a UKUPC guidance document

Aug 10 2020

A guide has been developed collaboratively by the UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) and serves to act as a reference point for anyone...

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Contract law training slides now available

Aug 6 2020

The HEPA and UKUPC Learning & Development Group recently provided free of charge contract law training to all of their members. The online...

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Linked Summer Edition now available

Jul 22 2020

The Summer edition of LUPC's Linked Magazine is now available to read. As well as our commodity updates, articles include: PPE...

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VWV Blog post – to exclude or not to exclude?

Jul 22 2020

VWV’s final blog post in a series of three,  looks at excluding bidders on grounds of discretionary exclusion or for non-compliance. Stephanie...

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Key PPE information for members

Jul 15 2020

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) are providing key information for members using the Personal Protective Equipment, Clothing and Uniform...

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Membership Survey for 2020 now underway

Jul 13 2020

Our annual membership survey was emailed to the main purchasing contact of our member institutions on Friday, 10th July. We strongly encourage you to...

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New Framework Agreement for research outputs

Jul 13 2020

The Jisc-led Research Outputs Repository Systems DPS (Dynamic Purchasing System) Framework Agreement has been launched and will run for up to four...

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Latest PPE supplier update

Jul 8 2020

We are receiving regular updates from CPC PPE agreement suppliers. Click here for current stock availability and lead times. Full information on the...

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Webinar on sustainable procurement standard

Jul 7 2020

James Cadman of Action Sustainability will give an overview of ISO 20400 for Sustainable Procurement on 6 August from 10-10.45. He will explain...

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Life Sciences Reagents Kits & Consumables framework live

Jul 6 2020

We’re delighted to announce the Life Sciences Reagents, Kits & Consumables agreement is available for members to use. The agreement will run to...

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RECRUITMENT: SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, UP TO £37K PRO RATA

Jul 6 2020

LUPC is recruiting for an experienced senior communications officer to join its small but dynamic and friendly team. This is an initial six-...

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CDW Blog Post – Overcoming Cyber Security Challenges in Higher Education

Jul 2 2020

With more students embracing remote learning, universities need to carefully consider their approach to cyber security. Neil Bailey, Head of...

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New frameworks section

Jul 1 2020

We have launched a new frameworks section of our website to make it easier to access purchasing information and find out who is the lead for each...

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PPE Supplier Update

Jun 23 2020

We are receiving regular updates from CPC PPE agreement suppliers. Click here for current stock availability and lead times. Full information on the...

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Beware Fraudulent Emails

Jun 22 2020

We have recently received reports that a number of suppliers have received a fraudulent email and Purchase Order purporting to be from a university....

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VWV Blog Post - University Governance and the Financial Challenges Posed by Coronavirus

Jun 18 2020

In the second of their series of monthly blog posts, VWV’s Con Alexander and Jane Byford outline key areas to consider from a governance perspective...

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Tips for creating a low-risk educational setting

Jun 16 2020

One of LUPC's suppliers, Banner, has issued guidance on establishing a low-risk educational setting. This includes preparing your building, equiping...

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World Day Against Child Labour more poignant than ever

Jun 12 2020

The World Day Against Child Labour, observed yearly on June 12, encourages conversation and consciousness around the injustice of child labour. It...

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Tell us what you think about Linked magazine

Jun 10 2020

Please help us to shape future editions of your membership magazine, Linked, by filling in our short survey. You can see the current and previous...

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Focus on value in procurement

Jun 9 2020

A new approach to procurement is suggested by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE). In a report, it argues that value must be...

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CDW Blog post - how technology will support the new normal in HE

Jun 1 2020

Neil Bailey, Head of Education at CDW, explains how technology can help to manage the safe re-entry of students into university life, following the...

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Electronics Watch webinar on Company Performance Tracker

May 28 2020

Find out what the CPT is and how to use it. Free to LUPC members who are automatically affiliated to Electronics Watch.   The CPT ...

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VWV Blog Post - Re-Shaping Your Procurement Strategy in Light of Coronavirus

May 19 2020

In the first of three monthly blog posts, VWV’s Stephanie Rickard shares her thoughts on re-shaping your procurement strategy in light of Coronavirus...

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Free Webinar - The future of Graduation Ceremonies? 22 May 14.00

May 18 2020

Recognising the disruption that the COVID19 Pandemic has had on planned ceremonies, Graduation Attire, a supplier on the Ceremonial Gown and...

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Vulnerabilty Assessment Service and Tools Supply Agreement

May 18 2020

The Vulnerability Assessment Service and Tools Supply framework agreement is now available for all LUPC members to access via HE Contracts. This...

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UKUPC raising travel refund concerns with BTA on behalf of the sector

May 13 2020

A number of *UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) members are facing problems obtaining travel refunds,  with some airlines being slow...

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PPE framework goes live

May 12 2020

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC)’s new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Clothing and Uniforms framework  is now available on HE... 

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Recorded webinars from LUPC and SUPC Conference 2020 now available

May 12 2020

We have created an LUPC and SUPC Events YouTube Channel to host our webinar recordings so members can access them at their leisure. Recordings are...

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Heads of Procurement Catch Up - 15 May 09.30

May 7 2020

UPC is hosting an informal catch up for Heads of Procurement on Friday 15th May 09.30-10.30 via Microsoft Teams. The main aim of the meeting...

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Spring edition of Linked published

Apr 30 2020

Read articles on how to be flexible in a crisis, top tips for working from home, examining supply chains and lessons learned from Cal Comp settlement...

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Home Office publishes guidance on modern slavery statements

Apr 29 2020

The Home Office has published guidance on publishing modern slavery statements during Covid-19. The guidances highlights the importance of monitoring...

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Government announces new e-notification service

Apr 27 2020

From 1 January 2021 a new e-notification service called Find a Tender will be used to post and view public sector procurement notices. Contracting... 

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UKUPC offers vital support and services in challenging times

Apr 22 2020

Chair of UKUPC Board, Richard Murphy and LUPC director, Don Bowman have issued a statement outlining the consortia's support and services to the HE...

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LUPC & SUPC Conference Webinars going online!

Apr 21 2020

Some of the key content from the LUPC & SUPC Conference 2020 will be available to UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) members as...

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New presentations/webinars section on our website

Apr 20 2020

We are now uploading presentations and webinars from our events and meetings to a dedicated page on our website. It currently features slides from...

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Procurement volunteers help NHS source PPE

Apr 8 2020

Over 20 people from the UKUPC consortia have volunteered their services to the NHS as procurement specialists during this COVID-19 pandemic....

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UKUPC provides urgent resources for NHS

Apr 7 2020

The UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC), their members and supply chains are providing much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and...

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COVID-19 Impact Webinars 15 April 10.00-16.30

Apr 6 2020

We know our members need some information to help them deal with immediate challenges thrown up by COVID-19, so along with SUPC we have put together...

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Global Mobility Services survey

Apr 2 2020

The Global Mobility Services agreement is due to end on the 30th September 2020. Work on the retender is now in progress. This framework...

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New firefighting equipment framework launched

Mar 24 2020

The North East University Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) has recently launched a new framework for Firefighting Equipment and Associated Services (...

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Important guidance for payment of suppliers during the COVID-19 outbreak

Mar 20 2020

The Cabinet Office has issued a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 02/20 which sets out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their...

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Government issues new procurement policy note

Mar 18 2020

New guidance emphasises that authorities may need to procure goods and services urgently following the COVID-19 pandemic.   The note...

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COVID-19 Updates

Mar 17 2020

Please see below regular updates and resources in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.   Update 28-04-2021 - PPE Availability  ...

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Impact of COVID-19 - supplier updates

Mar 16 2020

LUPC has worked with the other university purchasing consortia across the UK to collate responses from framework suppliers in relation to the impact...

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Legal services update - Coronavirus

Mar 16 2020

With coronavirus (Covid-19) impacting your procurement teams and supply chains, we have collated a matrix of our legal services framework suppliers’...

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Business as usual for LUPC

Mar 12 2020

We would like to re-assure our members and suppliers that LUPC has a stringent business continuity policy which ensures that we can continue... 

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Congratulations to Darran Whatley and Antonio Ramirez

Mar 11 2020

Our senior category manager, Darran Whatley will sadly be leaving us after 16 years to join King's College, London. His final working day will be on...

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What next after CIPS?

Mar 9 2020

Debbie Shore, NEUPC's Responsible Procurement and Training Manager, looks at the options for procurement professionals. Many procurement...

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Update on LUPC/SUPC Conference and COVID-19 Corona Virus

Mar 5 2020

We understand that you may have questions about the impact of COVID-19 on the upcoming LUPC/SUPC Conference due to take place on the 30th of April in...

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How to run an open OJEU tender

Mar 3 2020

LUPC's new eProcurement Portal Framework, EU Supply, has launched a video guide to running an open OJEU tender.  The 24-minute video provides...

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Ethical phone agreement launched

Feb 25 2020

The Fairphone 3 Ethical Phone Agreement via The Phone Co-op is now live on HE Contracts. The agreement, which is also available to staff and students...

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New Fire Alarms, Detection and Suppression Systems Agreement

Feb 24 2020

The CPC has awarded a national framework agreement for Fire Alarms, Detection & Suppression Systems. The agreement will run until the 31st...

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Annual review published

Feb 18 2020

Members save £16.7 million through our agreements with a total return on investment of 53:1. The latest figures are published in our annual review,...

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LUPC are hiring!

Feb 18 2020

We are looking to appoint a new Senior Category Manager for Laboratory Equipment.  This full-time post, based in our office close to Euston...

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Nearly £2bn spent through UK consortia

Feb 18 2020

The total spend through the UK's eight higher education purchasing consortia amounts to £1.9bn with cashable savings of £87.3 million and non-...

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Corona Virus – Impact on Supply Chain

Feb 14 2020

As you will now be aware, the Corona Virus is having an impact on supply chains.  Many production plants in China were shut as part of the...

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Crack down on low pay

Feb 11 2020

Employers who fail to pay the National Minimum Wage or The National Living Wage will continue to be named by the Government following a review of its...

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LUPC / SUPC Conference - BOOKINGS OPEN!

Feb 3 2020

We are delighted to announce that LUPC and SUPC are holding our fifth joint consortia Conference & Exhibition on Thursday 30 April 2020...

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Update on the Corona Virus Outbreak

Jan 30 2020

The update, linked here, on the Coronavirus outbreak has been provided to the LUPC Insurance Group (IG) by current brokers Gallagher with...

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LUPC publishes Slavery and Human Trafficking statement

Jan 29 2020

This is our fifth annual statement in accordance with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out our policy with respect to modern...

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Linked Magazine Winter 2020 issue published

Jan 28 2020

The Winter 2020 issue includes: The Electronics Watch conference Economic Predictions for the procurement industry Tendering from a...

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Legal training programme launched

Jan 21 2020

Our legal services framework supplier Eversheds Sutherland has launched a full training programme of HE webinars and events for 2020 which will...

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LUPC BOARD OF DIRECTORS – 2019/20 ELECTIONS

Jan 10 2020

LUPC is now inviting nominations from senior contacts across our membership for election to our Board of directors. This year there is one vacant...

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NEW MEMBER - DEFRA - APHA

Dec 20 2019

Our last member to join us in 2019 is the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Welcome to LUPC!

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New Member - Rose Bruford College

Dec 12 2019

We are pleased to announce our newest member, Rose Bruford College, who joined LUPC in December. Rose Bruford College is London’s international drama...

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LUPC & SUPC Conference: Supplier Bookings now open!

Dec 11 2019

Stand bookings for the LUPC and SUPC Conference 2020 are now sold out! Only suppliers that are on frameworks available to LUPC and/or SUPC members...

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HEPA membership for non-HE members

Dec 2 2019

LUPC has negotiated membership of the Higher Education Procurement Association (HEPA) for its non higher education members.  The Higher..

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CIPS study courses for members

Nov 29 2019

LUPC has appointed Central Business School to deliver classroom based CIPS Level 4 courses in Procurement and Supply for members’ staff. The courses...

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Revised Procurement Thresholds for 2020

Nov 29 2019

The European Commission has released its revised procurement thresholds which apply to contracts awarded under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015...

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