SUMS Group Event: Thinking About a New Timetabling System? Bringing Together Perspectives on Procurement

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Timings: 11:00 - 12:30

Free and open to members of  SUMS Consulting, SUPC and UKUPC.

Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) and SUMS Consulting are delighted to invite you to a joint HE sector event, supported by Semestry and the University of Reading on Procurement in Timetabling. This online discussion panel will bring together representatives from a range of perspectives: from timetabling managers, suppliers, institutional procurement leads and category managers.


  • Chair: Claire Taylor, Managing Consultant, SUMS Consulting
  • Panellist: Mark Lewis, Category Manager ICT, SUPC
  • Panellist: Elizabeth Evans, Head of Timetabling and Room Booking, University of Reading
  • Panellist: Judy Voykovic, Proposals Manager, Semestry

Each panellist will talk about their experiences before we move into some structured questions about good practice in procurement in this area and discuss some of the things Universities can do to ensure a good outcome.

There will be time for specific questions as well which can be posed in advance if you're keen or raised on the day. If you have any questions you would like to send in advance please email Grace Parsons - Events and Marketing Officer at

This event is open to all members but may be of particular interest to the following roles:
  • Heads of Procurement, Procurement Managers and Officers with a special interest in IT systems and those who might potentially be supporting procurement projects in this area.
  • Timetabling Managers/Officers and Examination Officers, not just those in market for a new system now, but those who might be thinking about it in the next three years.
  • Academic Registrars, Estates or other Professional Services Managers who oversee timetabling and/or examination timetabling.

Find out more about our panellists:

The event will be chaired by Claire Taylor, a Managing Consultant for SUMS Consulting. She's been with SUMS for nearly 16 years and has worked on a number of timetabling projects with various UK universities over the years. She is currently working with Trinity College Dublin on a long-term project to support the reimagining of its UG curriculum and has been supporting another SUMS member this year with the implementation of a large-scale system.

Mark Lewis is the Category Manager for ICT at SUPC, leading on several top-used national agreements. He is a skilled procurement professional with over 20 years’ knowledge gained from working in a variety of businesses from SMEs to Blue Chip organisations. He specialises in long-term cost reduction, sustainable process improvement and category management. Mark has worked on large scale technology projects all over the world in categories including Telecoms and Communications, Broadcast, Space and Computing. More recently working in the Utility sector he managed 3rd party outsourcers located in the UK and South Africa. He has extensive insight into industry trends and product portfolios and is an expert in developing strategic supplier partnerships.

Judy Voykovic works for Semestry as its Proposals Manager. Judy has worked in HE for most of her career in Australia, New Zealand and more recently, the UK and has 25 years plus of timetabling experience, strategic project management and enthusiasm for good data management. An experienced user of CMIS, Celcat and Syllabus Plus, Judy has previously managed tenders and system implementations for a number of UK universities. She recently joined the Semestry team as a Proposals Manager and is responsible for managing Expressions of Interest and tender responses.


This event is FREE and open to members of SUPC, SUMS Consulting and UKUPC.  Please use the 'Book Now' button above to secure your place. Joining instructions will be sent nearer to the event.


For assistance, please contact Grace Parsons - Events and Marketing Officer at

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