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NWUPC Ltd Membership Information & Benefits

Membership Types

Joining the NWUPC Ltd

NWUPC Ltd Benefits

NWUPC Ltd Members

 

NWUPC Ltd Membership Information & Benefits

NWUPC Ltd membership benefits include significant cash and resource savings from collaborative procurement, access to over 100 tailor-led framework agreements, compliance with EU procurement law to minimise litigation risk, procurement guidance, account management support and networking opportunities.  In addition it will assist your institution meet its strategic and immediate purchasing needs. 

 

Membership types

Membership Type

Description

Annual Subscription Scale 2017/18 (excluding VAT)

Full Member

Full Members are higher education institutions mainly from the North West region of England who have

  • full access rights to all of our agreements
  • have representatives on each Category Group
  • are represented on the Management Council
  • have voting rights at Council meetings

Non pay spend

Under £5m  - £945

£5m - £15m - £2025

Over £15m   - £3402

Associate Member

Associate Membership is open to any other institution or organisation subject to approval from the NWUPC Ltd Board of Directors.  Associate Members have

  • full access rights to all of our agreements
  • have representatives on each Category Group
  • are represented on the Management Council

Non pay spend

Under £5m  - £945

£5m - £15m - £2025

Over £15m   - £3402

Affiliate Member

Affiliate Membership entitles the Member to access such services and supply contracts as agreed in writing between the Managing Director and Affiliate for an agreed annual fee.  Affiliate Members can access to up to three agreements and do not have voting rights.

£250

 

To enquire about becoming a member, contact us using our web-based form or telephone 0161 234 8007. 

 

To join the NWUPC Ltd

Read our articles of association and members’ agreement and complete the NWUPC Ltd member application form. Please return the form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

On receipt of the completed application form, approval of application will be sought and upon acceptance a meeting will be arranged to discuss how to maximise the benefits of your membership. 

 

NWUPC Ltd Member Benefits

 

Savings - In 2016/17 NWUPC Ltd members realised £26m in quantifiable savings.  In addition there is also a reduction in tendering costs and time for both buyers and suppliers.

 

Guaranteed Compliance - All NWUPC Ltd framework agreements are compliant with EU Procurement Directives and are professionally managed. This reduces your risk of EU legal challenges, saves you significant time in your procurement process and ensures that prices and service remain the best throughout the life of the agreement. 

 

Access to Over 100 Agreements – NWUPC Ltd has a diverse portfolio of professionally arranged agreements in place, and is constantly adding to this range, based on member demand.  Our agreements cover a range of goods and services, and are tailored to the specific requirements of our membership.

 

Guaranteed Collaboration - NWUPC Ltd members have access to a wide range of collaborative procurement agreements.  This will help your institution meet the English Higher Education target in the “Diamond Report” of directing 30% of non-pay through effective collaborative procurement arrangements.

 

Free Access to Selected Agreements Offered by Other Consortia – NWUPC Ltd works closely with other regional purchasing consortia in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as with category specific national consortia, to give members access to agreements for products and services that are not offered by NWUPC Ltd.  This allows our members to benefit from the economies of scale of inter-regional and national aggregation, and allows us to maintain focus on delivering high-quality service to our members.

 

National Representation - NWUPC Ltd works with the other regional purchasing consortia through Procurement England (PEL) to influence higher education procurement strategy in the interests of our members.  Operationally, we also work very closely with the other regional and category-focussed higher education consortia. A key operational group is the Joint Contracting Group that manages category and contracting strategies and plans on a national basis to ensure that all delivery partners are working to provide best value and minimum duplication.

 

Full Engagement - Members are at the heart of all NWUPC’s Ltd activities and are consulted on the shape and delivery of all agreements before launch or re-tender. Full members have voting rights to elect and join NWUPC’s Ltd Board, ensuring we offer an organisation that is truly owned by our Members, for our Members.

 

Annual Member Benefit Statement – NWUPC Ltd members receive an annual Member Benefit Statement that identifies your institution’s unique spend profile, and the return on investment your institution receives as a member. The report will also help you identify which areas your institution could focus on to realise increased savings. 

 

Access to Professional Development Training - Through the Higher Education Procurement Association (HEPA), NWUPC Ltd members have access to ongoing professional development training at a reduced cost.  We also arrange category focussed events for our members.

 

Category Groups - All of NWUPC’s Ltd agreements are developed, tendered and managed with input from our members – we really couldn’t do our work without them.  The Category Groups bring together members from procurement and technical professions with a special interest or expertise in a particular category of goods or services.  Tender working parties are involved in drafting tender documentation and evaluating tender submissions from suppliers.  All Category Groups are chaired by a member representative and each Group is supported by one of NWUPC’s Ltd Contracts Managers.  Category Groups are also key to managing relationships with suppliers on behalf of the Consortium, and reviewing supplier performance throughout the life of an agreement. To find out more about joining a Category Group, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Some categories are overseen nationally or inter-regionally in collaboration with other purchasing consortia.  These may be supported by National Working Parties.

 

HE Contracts Database - HE Contracts is the joint consortia agreements database, which has been available since August 2016. It provides full details of all agreements open to NWUPC Ltd members, including Buyer's Guides which provide all the information you need to use our frameworks.

 

How to access HE Contracts

 

General access - All consortia Members will be able to access HE Contracts for browsing agreement information, without the need to login.  This is because NWUPC Ltd can register your institution’s IP address range for auto-recognition.  If you are being prompted to log in and would like your individual IP address registered, please send details to Margaret Bryant and we can add this in. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Individual logins - Members can also register for individual logins, required for members that want to use the additional functions such as create custom reports, mark ‘favourite’ agreements and access the system when they are off-site and not within your IP address range etc.  There is also an option to set up local agreements in HE Contracts; to do this you will need to create an institutional administrator to manage this, please contact Margaret Bryant if you require this functionality. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 

More information HE Contracts can be found in the HE Contracts User Manual.

 

A series of training videos have been produced covering various aspects of how to use the new system, you can view them here: HE Contracts Training Videos

 

If you have problems in logging in, contact H2O Publishing (who manage HE Contracts on behalf of the consortium) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Spend Analysis - SPEND 360 (PARTNER WITH CAPITA) ANALYSIS TOOL

 

NWUPC Ltd, in partnership with LUPC and SUPC, has awarded an agreement for a spend analysis system to manage and categorise member institution spend data.  As well as using Spend 360 to deliver NWUPC's Ltd own Spend and Savings Reports to members, NWUPC Ltd are able to offer all members this tool for free, to investigate spend directly within their institutions. Please note, this offer is only available to Members that commit to sending NWUPC Ltd their full spend data on an annual basis.

 

Benefits include:

 

Online analysis and increased visibility into spend

Unique login

Compare spend against similar sized institutions

Reporting tool using features such as graphs and filters

Identify spend with SMEs or local suppliers

Accurate on/off contract spend (using supplier MI)

Category benchmarking across NWUPC

Contract compliance with Member’s own contracts and new contract opportunities

 

For further information, please contact Andy Wojciechowski This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Procurement Maturity Assessments - A Procurement Maturity Assessment (PMA) is an independent detailed assessment of your procurement function and provides you with a bespoke action plan for improvement, a baseline to measure improvements, as well as a benchmark scores against similar institutions.

 

The purpose of this is to help institutions to understand and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their procurement functions which can, in turn, lead to significant efficiency savings.

 

The PMA involves an initial assessment to benchmark your current maturity, and then a follow-up 12 months later to show improvement.

 

A comprehensive PMA programme is currently being managed on behalf of all the regional higher education consortia by SUPC. For full information, see their PMA web page, or contact Judith Russell, PMA Programme Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel 07986 911918.

 

Supplier Credit Checks - Your NWUPC Ltd membership gives you free access to N2 Checks as a means of checking on suppliers’ financial viability.

 

By using N2 Checks, you can view the most up-to-date financial information available. You receive a unique password to ensure access remains secure.

 

Quarterly credit checks for all suppliers on NWUPC Ltd led Framework Agreements are available to members on our website.

 

Annual Scope3 Carbon Emissions Report Scope 3 emissions are indirect emissions that organisations produce through their activities, but occur from sources not owned or controlled by the organisation. If you receive funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), following upload to Spend 360 NWUPC Ltd will use the HEFCE reporting tool to produce a report that will identify Scope3 emissions related to your institution.  This can help you benchmark and manage your sustainability goals going forward. 

 

Our Members

Details of NWUPC members are listed below. 

 

Website
Type
Bangor University
Member
Edge Hill University
Member
Glyndwr University
Member
Harper Adams University
Member
Keele University
Member
Lancaster University
Member
Liverpool Hope University
Member
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA)
Member
Liverpool John Moores University
Member
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Member
Manchester Metropolitan University
Member
Queens University Belfast
Member
Royal Northern College of Music
Member
Staffordshire University
Member
University of Manchester
Member
Ulster University
Member
University of Bolton
Member
University of Central Lancashire
Member
University of Chester
Member
University of Cumbria
Member
University of Liverpool
Member
University of Salford
Member
University of Worcester
Member
Newcastle-under-Lyme College
Associate member
St Marys University College Belfast
Associate member
Sensor City Liverpool
Associate member
SKA Organisation – Jodrell Bank Observatory
Associate member
Stoke-on-Trent College
Associate member
Stranmillis University College
Associate member
Bury College
Affiliate member
Bradford MDC
Affiliate member
De Montford University
Affiliate member
HE Shared Legal
Affiliate member
Hospice Quality Partnership
Affiliate member
Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust
Affiliate member
The Manchester College
Affiliate member
Norwich University of the Arts
Affiliate member
Regents Theological College
Affiliate member
Southport College
Affiliate member
The Energy Consortium
Affiliate member
The Walton Centre (NHS)
Affiliate member
The University Caterers Organisation
Affiliate member
Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust
Affiliate member