Upcoming Members CPD Programme


NWUPC is delighted to announce that following requests from our membership we have decided to bring back our popular CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Programme which will be provided as a member benefit and therefore free of charge to NWUPC members

As the public procurement environment is on course for huge changes over the next twelve months with a new Public Procurement Act on it’s way it is vital that we have the support structure there for our members.  This is intended as the foundation for us to ensure that NWUPC members have all the information, knowledge and learning and development at their fingertips to help them to navigate regulated procurement today and in the future. 

We are starting off our programme with three courses aimed at those who are new into the world of HE procurement, have it as part of their role or would like a refresher.  The courses will be delivered online to minimise travel costs for members and will be in partnership with Achilles. 

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Introduction to Regulated Procurement

Wednesday 26th April 2023 - Full day course 

The course is designed to provide delegates with a clear and grounded understanding of the basics of regulated procurement legislation. The training identifies key issues that should be considered when undertaking any regulated procurement process, from identification of need and pre-procurement engagement to award and consequences of supplier challenge. This session is now fully booked. 

Specification Writing

Wednesday 3rd May 2023 - Half day course 

Our practical course will equip delegates with the knowledge and tools to effectively design and draft appropriate specifications. Delegates will be able to draft specifications in a clear, complete and accurate manner and to evaluate when to use specifications that are performance based and market focused and when to use prescriptive specifications and standards without distorting competition and encouraging innovation. This session is now fully booked. 

Selection and Award & Tender Evaluation

Thursday 11th May 2023 - Three quarter day course

At the end of the course delegates will have a greater understanding of the fundamental differences between the selection and award stages and how the rules imposed by the legislation may be applied compliantly and the risks involved. Delegates will be equipped with the skills, understanding and confidence to facilitate, and deliver a robust, compliant and effective evaluation. Delegates will understand the methodical approaches to evaluation, how to score and award to the Most Economical Advantageous Tender (MEAT). This session is now fully booked.