Conference on University Purchasing

The Higher Education Purchasing Consortium, Wales (HEPCW) is delighted to be hosting the Conference on University Purchasing (COUP) 2017, at our Bay Campus between 5th and 7th September.

COUP is this year’s premier event for anyone who works in procurement in the UK Higher Education sector.

The conference programme is suitable for Heads of Procurementcategory managers and buyers, as well as individuals based outside the procurement functions such as techniciansbusiness managers and academics – in fact, any university or college staff member who has an interest in procurement.

COUP will include a packed programme of talks and parallel sessions covering a plethora of topics including sustainability, Brexit, modern slavery, and leadership, as well as an interactive exhibition of over 60 exhibitors and an exciting programme of social events:

  • Tour of Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea University’s Site of Special Scientific Interest and the area of wilderness around the Swansea Bay coast
  • Beach BBQ and games
  • Drinks Reception at the National Waterfront Museum in the Maritime Quarter where there will be a chance to walk through the exhibits chronicling the history of Swansea
  • A chance to take in the city’s nightlife
  • A gala dinner at the Great Hall’s Sir Stanley Clarke Auditorium with a bar that has sweeping views of Swansea Bay

Keynote speakers include:

Sarah Dickins – Broadcast Journalist and Economics Correspondent
‘Spending to make a difference’

Professor Kevin Morgan – Professor of Governance and Development, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University
‘From good intentions to good practice’

Andy Davies (LUPC) and Angus Warren (APUC)
‘Modern Slavery and What it Means for HE’

Jack Salter, Head of Commercial Policy, Department for Education
‘The Impact of recent and planned changes to Procurement Regulations (including Brexit) on Universities’

And ‘GO COMPARE’ himself…

Wynne Evans – Classical Singer, Television and Radio Presenter
‘“’He’s only a tenor!!’ –  How advertising can turn a loss into profit”

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