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Strathclyde Procurement Team - Finalists!!!

  Go Awards Scotland logo 2015The University of Strathclyde Procurement team was recently nominated as a finalist in the Scottish Government Opportunities (GO) Awards 2015/16 held in Glasgow. 

The awards recognise excellence within procurement and the benefits to the wider business and social community.   

The GO Awards showcase the very best that public sector procurement has to offer - as a career, as a market sector and most importantly as a means of delivering more efficient and effective public services.

The University of Strathclyde Procurement team were listed as a finalist in the category for Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsiblity Initiative of the Year Award.

The team are delighted at gaining a second recognition closely following up our nomination for the National GO awards earlier on in the year.  The level of competition for this year’s awards was extremely high with and it’s great to see our procurement activity acknowledged and commended.

 

Strathclyde Procurement Team - Finalists!!!

       

 Go Awards Nationals logo 2015   The University of Strathclyde Procurement team was recently nominated as a finalist in the National Government Opportunities (GO) Awards 2015/16 held in Manchester.

The awards recognise excellence within procurement and the benefits to the wider business and social community.    

The GO Awards showcase the very best that public sector procurement has to offer - as a career, as a market sector and most importantly as a means of delivering more efficient and effective public services.

The University of Strathclyde Procurement team were listed as a finalist in the category for Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award.  Strathclyde Procurement earned its place in the final on the strength of its community benefits programme, developed to ensure Glasgow residents and businesses derived social and economic advantage from public sector investment, through targeted training and employment opportunities, SME supplier development, business start-up and business growth.

New Security Regulations for Staff Travelling to the US

Important announcement regarding new security regulations for clients travelling to the US

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has advised of additional security procedures for travellers flying into the United States. The new security regulations have been put in place at airports globally with direct flights to the US.

Travellers with electronically powered devices such as mobile telephones, tablets, laptops and e-books, may be required to turn their devices on in front of airport security in order to demonstrate the item’s functionality.

If the equipment does not turn on when asked, for example if the device has a flat battery or is broken, passengers may have their devices seized by airport security or they may not be allowed to travel on their flight.

This is a developing situation as airports globally respond to these new security regulations. Please contact your local airport for further information before travelling.

Who does this affect?

The new security measures affect all travellers flying to the US and they must be prepared to have their devices searched.

What should I do?

Please ensure all electronically or battery powered items are fully powered before you arrive at the airport.

If you are travelling to the US on a transfer flight, particularly if you are travelling long-haul, please use your battery sparingly on the first part of your journey.

Do not carry any broken devices in your hand luggage as you may not be allowed to travel.

What happens if my device has no power?

You will not be able to place any devices in hand or hold luggage, the device will either have to be left behind for collection on your return, forwarded to an address of your choice, or you will have to rebook an alternative flight.

There will be limited facilities at airports to charge your device from so please do all you can to ensure your device is fully powered before arriving at the airport.

Will I be allowed to rebook?

You will need to contact the Travel Management Company to rebook your travel arrangements.

Has my local country implemented these additional security regulations?

US officials have singled out security screening on direct flights to the US from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has advised that “In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft.” 

Passengers flying into or out of the UK are therefore advised to ensure any electronic devices are charged before they travel.

For more information from DfT click here.

Please contact your local airport for further information before travelling.

New Procurement Manual and SSJ Form

The new Procurement Manual and SSJ form have been published on 17/03/14.  

The Procurement Manual can be found here; Procurement Manual.  

In addition, a quick reference guide has also been produced and can be found in the link below.  This should be read in conjunction with the Procurement Manual.

Procurement Reference Guide

The new SSJ form can be found here; Procurement Tool Kit & Documentation.

For spend under £3k departments can now order without any quotes and the SSJ limits have changed to £3k with a signature required from Mark Johnstone for spend of £20k and over.

Travel

The University is currently reviewing its Travel Policy and wider strategic approach to the provision of travel services. A User Intelligence Group has been established consisting of representatives from a range of faculties and departments with regular travel requirements. The aim is to implement a policy which will:

Ø  Provide flexibility of choice

Ø  Provide clear and concise guidance to the traveller

Ø  Where appropriate direct travellers to use recommended providers and methods of  travel

Ø  Deliver best value for money

Ø  Assist the University in meeting its statutory requirements (Duty of Care)

As part of this exercise, a trial period has been set up to engage with a new Travel Management Company, Key Travel and is scheduled for the period July through Nov of this year. Further information will be provided as the trial progresses. Please contact Allan Ferguson, Deputy Head of Procurement (x4310) in the event you have any questions.

 

 Award of Contract for Waste Management Services

Please be advised that the University has recently awarded three new contracts for the provision of the subject services. The contracts are awarded on a 2 year basis (Jan 2016 to Jan 2018) with option to extend for two further one year periods (2+1+1).

 

Schedule

Requirement

Supplier

A

Non Hazardous Waste, Confidential Waste, Recyclates and Recoverables

Biffa

B

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Associated Materials

TES AMM Ltd

D

Clinical and Biological Waste (including Medical waste)

SRCL Ltd

 

The confidential waste service involves the collection, uplift, secure destruction, recycling, disposal, etc. of confidential waste materials (paper, CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, tapes, memory cards, video cassettes etc.) 

To initiate this service users should advise Biffa of the number of sacks, lockable cabinets and lockable bins they require which will be provided free of charge. Arrangements should be made by departments with non-contracted suppliers to uplift bins and cabinets previously provided.

Departments should order their requirements directly from Biffa on an "as and when required" basis.

The prices for the service are listed in the table below:

 

Waste Stream

Container Capacity

Uplift & Destruction Cost (£) per sack

 

 

 

Paper, CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, tapes, memory cards, video cassettes

20 Kg sack

£10 per sack.

 

To order please contact:

Niall Todd

Customer Relationship Manager

07773 813 639

niall.todd@biffa.co.uk

 

.When requesting bins or placing your first order, you will need to supply the full address or department details and the number of sacks required for shredding. Collection will normally be made on a Wednesday or a Friday provided a minimum of 24 hours notice is given.

Enquires, comments, etc. on the service of the company should be sent to Mark.Lindsay@strath.ac.uk.