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Inaugural HEPA Conference

Higher Education Procurement Association (HEPA)

Thursday, 9 October 2014 from 09:30 to 16:45 (BST)

Inaugural HEPA Conference

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Inaugural HEPA Conference Sold Out Ended £195.00 £0.00
Chamber concert and drinks reception at the RCM - 6pm on 8th October
Tickets are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for concert and drinks reception tickets, so please do not book a place unless you are sure you will be coming.
Sold Out Ended Free £0.00

Event Details

This conference will be held every other year, alternating with COUP, (a more commercial trade exhibition type of event for procurement managers in institutions). This event is an opportunity for procurement managers to “think outside the box”, to network with their peers and meet some new colleagues. Finance Directors, IT Directors and Estates Directors are also welcome at this event, along with senior colleagues involved in procurement across the sector.

The day delegate rate is £195 (No VAT) and offers exceptional value for a programme and event of this standard. If you would like to attend, but find the delegate fee prohibitive, please contact Karel Thomas for a discussion.

We are inviting any procurement colleague with an inspiring story to tell to bring a poster to display at breaks and lunchtime. This could be something personal, for example achieving MCIPS, or how a team away-day transformed your outlook; or the story of how your team has gone from being seen as the university procurement police, to the helpful department that helps researchers buy high-spec kit for standard-spec prices. Nothing is off-limits and you can produce the poster in A3, A2, A1 or A0 size – just let us know what you will be bringing and whether you want to stand by it and talk about it to colleagues, or if you prefer to display it as an exhibit. If you send us your poster in time, we will even get it printed and bring it to the event so you don’t have to carry it. Delegates will vote on their favourite and the three most popular posters will be printed as postcards to be sent out after the event.

The Programme and Workshop Choice descriptions can be found herePlease note that you will be asked to pick your workshop choices at the time of booking.  If someone is making the booking on your behalf, please ensure they have all the information to hand before proceeding to the booking page.

As many delegates will be travelling to stay in London the night before (8th October), we have arranged for some tickets to a short Chamber Concert at the Royal College of Music at 6pm and a drinks and canapés reception afterwards. This is a nice occasion to see inside one of Victorian London’s hidden architectural gems and hear from some of the College’s highly talented students. Tickets are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for concert and drinks reception tickets, so please do not book a place unless you are sure you will be coming.

Hotels in London

Procurement colleagues know how to get the best deals on hotel rooms, so we won’t give you a long list of recommendations, but Imperial College is in south west London so hotels in South Kensington and Victoria will be closest, but as they are some of the most popular areas of the capital, probably more expensive.

N.B. If you do not wish to pay via Paypal during the booking process, please click on 'Pay with a debit or credit card' which will take you through to the card payment option.

Do you have questions about Inaugural HEPA Conference? Contact Higher Education Procurement Association (HEPA)

When & Where

Imperial College
South Kensington Campus
United Kingdom

Thursday, 9 October 2014 from 09:30 to 16:45 (BST)

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Higher Education Procurement Association (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.

It is delivered collaboratively by BUFDG and the HE purchasing consortia.

Procurement Maturity Assessments (PMAs)  are also available to all institutions, offering low-cost, detailed assessments of procurement capability to benchmark performance and drive improvement. Your PMA report will also help identify areas of the Academy that you may benefit from using.

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Cancellation Policy

If after booking you wish to cancel, we operate a graduated refund policy depending how much notice of cancellation you give. Where you cancel more than 30 clear days before the date of the training event, we will refund the fee you have paid less an administration fee of £30. Where you give less than 30 but more than 15 clear days' notice, we will refund 50% of the fee you have paid.  No refunds will be given where less than 15 clear days' notice is given or in the case of “no shows” on the day, regardless of the reason.

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