March 2016

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March2016
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March2016  

Introducing our New Supplier Engagement Tool

 

The University of Manchester have quickly become sector leaders in relation to their Responsible Procurement activity; using their procurement processes to demonstrate institutional sustainability and social responsibility.

 

NWUPC have been keen to learn from their approach but also to use our broader influence to support our members (and indeed the whole HE sector).

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March2016  

Internal Audit isn’t Working

 

Finance Directors and Registrars across the HE sector tell me that they are not happy with the quality of internal audit.  The internal auditors they encounter often don’t understand the real risks and audit work focuses on peripheral reviews that add little or no value.  However senior staff also agree that how they procure internal audit services often doesn’t help.

 

Insufficient thought and time is invested to articulate what they want.  Whether for fear of the time that would be needed, or for fear of unwittingly granting an unfair advantage to one tenderer, potential providers often get little chance to gain an understanding of institutions and their requirements.

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March2016  

Category Group Update

 

There has been a lot of activity within the Category Groups during the last few months.

 

Audio Visual - The last two meetings have been held at Royal Northern College of Music and The University of Manchester, the group received a really informative and interesting presentation from Max Fossard on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and at the following meeting visited The University of Manchester’s Media Hub, a showcase for new and existing AV products with a particular focus on wireless display.  There has been a number of changes to the membership of the group.  In November the Chair and long standing group member, John Pick, retired from Harper Adams University and attended his last AV Category Group meeting.

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