Treating Strategic Tech Sourcing as a Specialism in HE.


In the summer of 2020 UCISA formed a working party with the aim of transforming IT procurement within Higher Education. A call was issued to UCISA members across institutions to take part, and since then the working party has looked at the whole procurement lifecycle, worked on a toolkit for using frameworks, explored other routes to market and led a sector wide response to the Government’s green paper on transforming public procurement.

As one of the founding partners of the inaugural Ahead by Bett, a new section at the annual education-tech trade event, Bett, dedicated to Higher Education, UCISA ran a roundtable, through the auspices of this working party, headlined “Treating Strategic Tech Sourcing as a Specialism in HE to Deliver in the Digital Age”. The objective was to gather feedback from IT leaders, procurement specialists and HE tech providers on the opportunities and challenges with sourcing technology in rapidly developing marketplace.

The latest in our Ad Hoc Directors’ Cut series of publications which describes the six key findings of this roundtable session and how they relate to flexible processes, pragmatic governance, and a deeper understanding of IT sourcing skillsets is available to institutional members only.

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