Monthly Archives: March 2012

ENP Responds to the ‘Diamond Report’

Today English National Procurement (ENP), the concentration of expertise for collaborative procurement in English higher education, has responded formally to the findings and recommendations in Universities UK’s report Efficiency and Effectiveness in Higher Education, (aka the ‘Diamond Report’.) You can … Continue reading

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The World’s Sexiest Plant

We accepted a kind invitation today from Keith Manger to visit LUPC Member the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and meet with new interim Director of Finance, Peter Smith.  The world-leading botanical research institution is a major user of both our laboratory and library … Continue reading

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Lunchtime treasures

I often think we’re dead lucky to be based here in Bloomsbury.  Just now I walked back to the office taking a short-cut, as I occasionally do, northwards through LUPC Member the British Museum. Of course, just off the hugely … Continue reading

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“The Buying Game”

A little something to brighten up these challenging days for embattled buyers. “The Buying Game” is a short e-book written by a certain C Emptor.  It offers the sort of advice that standard procurement textbooks don’t – the sort of … Continue reading

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Westminster Restores Cinematic Gem

The Guardian reports today that LUPC Member the University of Westminster, where I was an undergraduate (back in 1984-87), has launched a project to restore a cinematic jewel in central London, the first cinema in the UK to host moving-image … Continue reading

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Innovation & Transformation Fund

Some good news for the procurement community in higher education.  HEFCE has invited the team developing the HE Procurement Academy, which will raise standards in procurement through professional training, to the next stage of the bid process for funding from … Continue reading

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Creating the Environment for Generation Y

Yesterday, I went along to the annual higher education law conference run by Mills & Reeve, one of the 13 firms on our legal services framework agreement, held at the British Library.  Attendance was free to Mills & Reeve’s clients. … Continue reading

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