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Support news and updates from NWUPC, for further details on any of the articles please contact us

Updated 23rd September 2020

Weekly update of priority PPE items 

As part of the CPC Framework Agreement - Personal Protection Equipment, Clothing and Uniforms (PPE), CPC have put together a weekly update on a list of priority PPE items. This document provides an up to date view of the lead times and stock levels of the awarded Suppliers for a list of products that have been highlighted as urgent requirements at the moment. Full details can be found here. 


Updated 23rd September 2020

On-site COVID-19 testing

UKUPC (UK Universities Purchasing Consortia) have worked together to create a guidance page which provides the necessary and relevant information regarding on-site COVID-19 testing, including

Types of testing
Considerations for delivering your own testing for staff and / or students
Routes to market
Questions to consider

The full guide can be found in our news section at On site Covid-19 Testing Guidance.

Should you require further information please contact Senior Category Manager for NWUPC, Natasha Peacock at natasha.peacock@nwupc.ac.uk.

Updated 23rd July 2020

Covid-19: Back to Work Products and Services

To help our Members to quickly and easily source essential back to work products and services we have put together information showing a range of key areas identified to us and the Framework Agreements that cover these requirements. Links to these agreements on the HE Contracts website are also provided where you can find further information including Supplier contact details and how to call-off from these Framework Agreements.  Full details can be found here.


Updated 25th June 2020

UKUPC Supporting the NHS

Back in April and May this year Natasha Peacock our Senior Category Manager at NWUPC was part of a cross-government team from the Cabinet Office, Department of Health and Social Care and the NHS to fast track purchasing of key PPE items for the NHS.  This involved being a member of the opportunities team along with other volunteers who helped to manage incoming offers from Suppliers for PPE items. 

This cross-government team has now contributed to the ordering of over 5.6 Billion items of vital PPE, enabling front line services, such as the NHS, to safely deliver effective care. 

You can read more about how UK University Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) are supporting the NHS here.   


Updated 23rd June 2020

Weekly update of priority PPE items 

As part of the CPC Framework Agreement - Personal Protection Equipment, Clothing and Uniforms (PPE), CPC have put together a weekly update on a list of priority PPE items. This document provides an up to date view of the lead times and stock levels of the awarded Suppliers for a list of products that have been highlighted as urgent requirements at the moment. Full details can be found here. 


Updated 10th May 2020

CPC announce new PPE Framework

CPC have announced that the new PPE, Clothing and Uniforms framework went live on May 10th as scheduled. The framework will be in place for an initial period of 2 years from the 10th May 2020 to the 9th of May 2022, with two possible 1-year extensions up to 9th of May 2024. Full details can be found here.


Updated 28th April 2020

UKUPC issue joint Statement

UKUPC have issued a statement responding to Universities UK outlining support available to the HE procurement community following the COVID-19 pandemic. Further details are in the UKUPC section of our website and can be found in this document.


Updated 28th April 2020

Offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business

Suppliers are being asked by GOV.UK to use this service to tell them how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus.

Further details can be found here: Offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business.


Updated 23rd April 2020

Statement on supporting the Higher Education procurement community

The Chair of UK Universities Purchasing Consortium (UKUPC) Board, Richard Murphy, along with the Managing Director of NWUPC Ltd, Julie-Ann Garton, have issued a statement outlining the support the consortia can offer to the HE sector during the COVID-19 pandemic and for the challenges that lie ahead. To read more... 


Updated 5th April 2020

NWUPC Office during Covid

In these challenging times, we would like to reassure our members and suppliers that NWUPC are available to provide support and assistance. Like many of our members and suppliers, NWUPC staff are working from home and have access to the files and systems they require to carry out their duties. Our telephone lines have been diverted to mobiles and meetings are being rearranged to online where possible.


Updated 5th April 2020

Framework Agreements

NWUPC has worked with the other university purchasing consortia across the UK to collate responses from framework suppliers about the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of goods and services. The spreadsheet includes information provided by each supplier along with a traffic light, colour coded risk level numbered 1-3. 1 being a low, and 3 being a high risk of supplies being affected. We will continue to monitor the situation and alert you via Twitter and the news section of our website with any updates.


Updated 5th April 2020

NWUPC Community

As staff at our member institutions are being asked to work at home, and with uncertainty as to how long for, it’s easy to feel somewhat isolated. NWUPC are here to support you during this time. Our Category Group email forums are a great way to stay in touch with colleagues across our membership, share ideas on how to deal with challenges that present themselves, keep members up to date with developments, or just to say ‘hi’ to colleagues and let them know you are there. Do make use of these and support each other. Our community works well using these forums and now more than ever, these are a vital communication channel. NWUPC are also on hand to provide support and assistance. Please make sure you keep in touch, and we will hopefully get through this together.