During these challenging times, we are all called upon to find innovative ways to keep our institutions and communities operating to the extent that they can.  We know that many of you will currently be involved in contingency planning at your universities.

We want to hear about any initiatives that you/your team have been involved in to keep things going at your Universities – for both students and staff.  As this situation is likely to go on for some time, we are developing ways to maintain our network and continue to share best practice during this period of uncertainty.  We will post any examples of good practice or calls for support on this page and send out through our networks, as we receive them.

If we can support you and your teams during this difficult time, please get in touch.

Please see initial updates below with more to come.

Your Team at SUMS


Procurement Support

SUPC, a division of the SUMS Group, has worked with the other university purchasing consortia across the UK to collate responses from framework suppliers about the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of goods and services.

The spreadsheet includes information provided by each supplier along with a traffic light, colour coded risk level numbered 1-3. 1 being a low, and 3 being a high risk of supplies being affected.

SUPC will continue to monitor the situation and alert you via Twitter and the news section of our website with any updates.

There are several resources available to members, extending beyond procurement, available on the Higher Education Procurement Association Website.