End of line for Midlands consortium

2 December 2004
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02 December 2004 | David Arminas

The Midlands Universities Purchasing Consortium (MUPC) has folded.

The MUPC's 11 member institutions, including Coventry University, the University of Birmingham and Nottingham Trent University, are now considering their options, including joining other regional consortia.

A strategic review undertaken this year and presented to members two months ago showed the MUPC was not adding value for money, according to David Soutter, its acting chairman.

"We looked at ourselves and what was going on in the sector and decided the time had come for the members to go their separate ways," said Soutter, who is also group finance director at Coventry University.

Compared to other consortia, the MUPC was much smaller with limited resources, so the services it could offer were also restricted.

"Members must get best value and every member said there was still a valid role to be played by a regional consortium."

Contracts will continue until they run out and then the MUPC universities will negotiate with other educational institutions and consortia.

"We don't want to lose the goodwill of our suppliers, which are essential to our services, and they were the first people we wrote to about our future," Soutter added.


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