UKUPC Conference 2023 - registration now open


We are excited to announce that the UKUPC Conference 2023 (formerly known as COUP) will be taking place 5 - 7 September 2023 at the University of Exeter. LUPC and SUPC are working in collaboration to deliver this event for all members of UKUPC, bringing together procurement professionals from across the sector to a conference that cannot be missed!

What is the UKUPC Conference?

  • The only HE-specific national conference on procurement
  • An exciting line-up of professional development sessions and insights
  • An exhibition of 70+ framework suppliers
  • Opportunities to connect with attendees through the conference CPD programme and social activities.


Delegates will be able to arrive on Tuesday 5 September 2023 from 3:00pmready for the start of the Conference at 9:00am on Wednesday 6 September. The conference will finish at 1:30pm on Thursday 7 September.

Our full conference package, offering exceptional value, is NOW ON SALE to members

  • Package A - Full Conference Package: 2 nights DBB*, 1.5 days of conference sessions.
    Early Bird Rate £299+VAT until 31st May 2023 / thereafter £339+VAT

Other Conference packages:

The following tickets will be on offer (subject to availability) from 1st June:

  • Package B - Wednesday Conference + Tuesday Night (*DBB): 1 day of conference sessions (excludes conference dinner on Wednesday evening).
  • Package C - Wednesday and Thursday Conference + Wednesday night (*DBB): 1.5 days of conference sessions.
  • Package D - Wednesday Conference day only: Access to conference sessions on Wednesday (excludes conference dinner on Wednesday evening).
  • Package E - Virtual Conference sessions only: Access to key sessions (livestreamed online) and virtual exhibition.
    Cost TBC.

*Dinner, Bed & Breakfast. All in-person conference days are inclusive of lunch and refreshments.


  • Key booking information (including links to the online booking page) will be shared with UKUPC members directly via email. Contact us [add relevant consortium contact info] directly if you haven’t received this information.
  • Please select the correct ticket option at time of booking, dependent on whether you are paying by card or wish us to invoice you.
  • You will be asked to select the breakout sessions you wish to attend (to give us an indication of attendees for room booking purposes).
  • To help you select your preferred breakout sessions, please see the UKUPC Conference Agenda for information on the conference programme. N.B. conference sessions and speakers may be subject to change.
  • We hope you can join us, and please do share this email with any colleagues (at member institutions) who may benefit from attending.

International visitors from university procurement teams are welcome to attend the UKUPC Conference 2023. Please contact Suzanne Picken for booking information.


***Exhibitor bookings are NOW OPEN***

  • The conference exhibition, open to UKUPC framework suppliers, will provide access to 200+ HE procurement professionals.
  • A range of 2m x 2m, 3m x 2m and 3m x 3m stands (£3,150 - £3,850 + VAT) are available.
  • We have sent full booking details via email to framework suppliers. 

For any queries, please contact Suzanne Picken, Head of Membership, Marketing and Communications, LUPC.