July 2015

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NWUPC Annual Conference 2015

 

This year was the first time for the NWUPC Annual Conference to be held at Lancaster University and we were welcomed to the University by Larissa Morrish the Head of Procurement.

 

Larissa said:- “Lancaster University were pleased to host the NWUPC’s Annual Conference in March this year. As well as the plenary sessions which were especially informative for procurement staff, many of our internal customers also attended the suppliers’ exhibition. We received good feedback from all who attended and found the day very worthwhile. The conference was well structured with the right balance of group sessions, time for the supplier exhibition and of course the all-important networking. It was a chance for Lancaster to showcase some of our recent successes with colleagues from other Universities and, for me it was good preparation for the BUFDG conference which we hosted a few weeks later.”

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NWUPC Staff Support Local Community Projects

 

As part of its commitment to social responsibility, NWUPC staff have been busy supporting local community projects. In this edition we report on the Middleton Gymnastic Club, which Sue Wilson is supporting and the Holy Trinity Church Foodbank which Ian Ross has volunteered at.

 

Sue Wilson said of the Middleton Gymnastics Club: “Giving something to the community is a great initiative which NWUPC has adopted.  My chosen project is a Not-For-Profit organisation; a local gymnastic club – Middleton Gymnastic Club (MGC for short).

 

At MGC its resources are stretched to say the least as they do not receive any funding.  NWUPC’s donation meant vital training equipment could be purchased; as mainly the fundraising is carried out by the parents with the help of the kids.  The gym is really in need of major investment, so any contribution is greatly received.

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Times Higher Education Leadership & Management Awards 2015

 

The Consortium entered the THELMA for the first time this year and was very pleased to be shortlisted. At the time we did not realise we would be in competition with our biggest Member the University of Manchester, however we were very pleased to see an institution from NW on the procurement shortlist as we are every year.

 

The normal judge for the Procurement Award our Chair Geoff Hope-Terry, who was instrumental in getting THE to introduce the Procurement category into the awards when he chaired the old UUK Strategic Procurement Group, stood down this year as it might just have looked a little untoward had he remained in that role (and of course he is an ex FD of University of Manchester!)

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