About HEPA

HEPA is the network for procurement professionals in the HE sector. It was created as a result of the challenge set out in the Diamond Report to enhance the expertise and capacity of university procurement. 

HEPA aims to:

  • Work to enhance individual competencies, knowledge and skills in procurement practices by providing face to face courses, e-learning, regional networking, competency frameworks, and much more
  • Provide leadership development programmes and learning opportunities
  • Develop and maintain an online repository of resources and information covering areas such as best practice, benchmarking, templates, and news
  • Provide procurement support beyond finance and procurement teams, including for procurement colleagues in HR, estates, IT, research teams and those with purchasing authority in academic departments.
HEPA is directed by the HEPA Management Board, and supported by a permanent member of staff, procurement specialist Emma Keenan.

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It is delivered collaboratively by BUFDG and the HE purchasing consortia, including:

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  •  The regional HE purchasing consortia, which include:

            - Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges

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            - Higher Education Purchasing Consortium, Wales

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            - London Universities Purchasing Consortium

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            - North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium

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            - North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium

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            - Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium

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Learning

HEPA’s Learning and Development programme offers training to members through face to face sessions as well as an e-learning platform.

It is also specifically aimed at purchasers either new to Procurement or from disciplines outside (eg- purchasers in Estates, IT etc). Participation will lead to better educated, more commercially competent and motivated staff involved in procurement throughout the Higher Education sector. This will enable those staff to conduct better business and deliver goods and services to universities, and ultimately the HE sector, at lower cost and with higher value.

Other sector associations

We also try to work with other sector associations as much as we can. We have compiled a list of all the associations we are aware of in HE. If you know of anymore, please let us know.

There are also lots of acronyms in the sector, so we have compiled a useful list.

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