Monthly Archives: January 2012

A warm welcome

This week we officially welcome the Research Councils UK Shared Services Centre as a valued Member of LUPC.  This development gives both Research Councils and HE purchasing consortium Members nationally the opportunity to benefit from full co-operation and collaboration in … Continue reading

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Moving pictures (and other things)

In the coming weeks, I’m really looking forward to beginning a new project that I think is going to present me with a whole set of new challenges. Our Members in the museum sector spend a considerable amount with a … Continue reading

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EU rules – a missed opportunity?

There’s been another interesting debate over on Spend Matters UK, the excellent procurement blog written by my good friend and colleague Peter Smith  (I very much recommend subscribing to the daily email, by the way). One particular correspondent, Dan, argues … Continue reading

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Great exhibitions

I’m very proud to count a number of renowned London museums among our Members in LUPC.  I like to visit them with the family from time to time as I always think it’s a wasted opportunity if you live in … Continue reading

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On collaboration

LUPC succeeds thanks to the efforts and expertise of our Members collaborating with each other for the greater good.  And, for me, what sets LUPC aside from other areas I’ve worked in is that people really want the consortium to … Continue reading

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In praise of: Andrew Rance

This week, University of Westminster procurement head honcho Andrew Rance confirmed that he is to retire early after a splendid 40-year career, the last 35 being in Higher Education.  So our sector owes Andrew a great deal. Andrew started in … Continue reading

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Could bigger be better?

There’s quite a lot of talk around right now about whether the higher education purchasing consortia could operate better as a single, national consortium.  A lot of this stems from the recommendations of the Universities UK report Efficiency and Effectiveness … Continue reading

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