9th September 2020
NOTE: Covid-19 and non-Campus Deliveries
We have been made aware that a number of fake purchase orders have been sent to companies / suppliers asking for deliveries to be made to locations other than the normal university and college on-campus delivery points. Please note that if you receive any non-routine POs from institutions with delivery addresses that are not clearly appropriate on-campus delivery addresses, then you should contact the institution's Procurement Team (based on the contact details for that Team on the relevant institution's website) to verify the PO before accepting it.
17th August 2020
UKUPC Guide - Back to Work Supplies
Be sure to read the recently released guidance document developed collaboratively by the eight consortia of the UKUPC on 'Back to work supplies'.
This guide serves as a reference point for anyone involved in the procurement specification of return to work products and PPE following the COVID-19 restrictions. Topics include first steps, engaging with suppliers, specifying what you need, market risks and points of contact for more information.
30 June 2020
APUC Virtual Learning Environment
Covid 19 has highlighted the need for virtual teaching and learning technology. After a successful four year Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Framework Agreement covering the HE and FE institutions in Scotland, APUC is pleased to be retendering on behalf of the UK sector.
We've held some interesting market engagement events with D2L, Instructure and Blackboard. The UK Tender Working Party will define the scope and a new agreement will be in place around December 2020.
29th April 2020
APUC current vacancies
Please see our Careers page for details of our current vacancies. Our recruitment processes have been adapted to take social distancing requirements into account. Interviews are currently taking place using video conferencing software.
22nd April 2020
UKUPC statement outlining consortia support to the HE sector during and post COVID-19
UKUPC Statement of Support
14th April 2020
UKUPC provides urgent resources for NHS
The UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC), their members and supply chains are providing much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and purchasing expertise to the NHS, Government and other bodies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A national higher education and further education sector Covid-19 response group including UKUPC, Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC), British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG), the Higher Education Procurement Association (HEPA), and the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) has been set up to respond to urgent requests in support of NHS procurement. UKUPC are also working with Universities UK to ensure requests to the sector are directed to the most appropriate channels.
Equipment required so far has included face masks, alcohol hand sanitiser, personal eye protection, respirators and surgical theatre gowns, as well as disposable aprons and gloves.
The response to the initial request for assistance from UKUPC members has been immense, with over 150 offers of PPE and equipment being received, these were either then directed to the UK Government teams or directed to local NHS Trusts, as appropriate, with the vast majority being donated. UKUPC have also co-ordinated a call out for volunteer staff to help with procurement. The HE and FE sector has really stepped up, with more than 20 buyers responding within 24 hours and a team of 13 buyers (most with PPE/NHS experience) have now started working with the UK Government PPE teams.
In an effort to ensure supplies and support are provided quickly, BUFDG has sent out a request to finance directors for one key contact from each of its member institutions, who can be the primary liaison with consortia and government, as required. UKUPC are actively working with contacts from the Cabinet Office and regional PBOs (Public Benefit Organisations) to streamline requirements and get help where it is most needed.
LUPC's director, Don Bowman, who has led the coordinated national effort on behalf of UKUPC in England, says: "The response from the sector is something to be proud of, with collaborative procurement at the heart of what UKUPC stands for."
In Scotland, UKUPC member, APUC, is working as part of a Scottish cross-sector coordinated programme (NHS National Procurement, the Scottish Government and Scotland Excel for local authorities). Head of Estates Category, Andy Anderson, has been coordinating the sector's supply chain/stockholding response between HE/FE institutions and other sectors. This includes contacting all institutions to confirm operational status, ability to receive deliveries and confirming ongoing essential requirement for PPE and hygiene products.
APUC continues to liaise with all institutions to review existing volumes of these products that may be available for re-prioritisation, most likely to NHS and Social Care Services and is feeding back to the central register, held by NHS Scotland for action as appropriate.
Angus Warren, APUC's chief executive says: "This work is ongoing and APUC aims to keep all these dialogue channels open and current for as long as needed, to provide maximum support both to our institutions and to health and other key services at this challenging time."
The Higher Education Purchasing Consortium Wales (HEPCW) is engaging with the National Procurement Service (NPS) in Wales to help co-ordinate the response to the pandemic. Any requests from Welsh NHS Health Boards and the Cabinet Office are passed on to HEPCW's members to establish if they can assist.
UKUPC (UK Universities Purchasing Consortia) is the evolved convergence of eight UK Consortia; APUC, HEPCW, LUPC, NEUPC, NWUPC, SUPC, TEC and TUCO who created a formal partnership to support collaborative procurement within Higher Education.
UKUPC works together to share knowledge and best practice, to support each other and the wider procurement community.