Well Done to Our CIPS Students & Apprentices!

Well Done to Our CIPS Students & Apprentices!

CIPS is a globally recognised qualification that can boost career opportunities and demonstrates to employers your commitment to being a better procurement professional. We offer professional qualifications to enable you to progress your career and give yourself that competitive edge. 


NEUPC’s CIPS and Apprenticeship centre celebrates two firsts this month; the first two CIPS students to successfully complete their levels 4,5 and 6 of CIPS to become eligible for MCIPS accreditation, and the first three Apprentices to complete their L4 Procurement Apprenticeship. Our courses are unique and contextualised within the university sector. Training can be delivered through day attendance, blended or distance learning from our MCIPS qualified tutors with extensive HE sector backgrounds. 


Joanne Jordan, Category Officer at the University of Leeds and Sarah Dye, Category Manager at NWUPC started their CIPS journey in September 2016 and for 3 long years have studied whilst working, taking 5 exams each year and successfully passed them with some great marks.  Their final exam was in July 2019 where they achieved their L6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply.


“Joanne and Sarah have been outstanding students demonstrating great commitment to their studies and actively contributing to discussions of procurement concepts and best practise.”  - Debbie Shore, NEUPC CIPS Tutor



"I highly recommend the NEUPC CIPS Centre to anyone within the Higher Education sector who is considering undertaking CIPS training. The flexibility of the centre has lightened the challenge of studying whilst working and learning with NEUPC feels like a truly collaborative experience"  - Category Manager 


The Tutors knowledge of the profession and the learning material provided is excellent and I found the whole experience extremely rewarding. - Category Officer


Three NEUPC Procurement Apprentices have now completed their apprenticeship programmes, and have achieved their CIPS L4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply and also all achieved distinctions in their end-point project. Emily-Rose Day of NTU, Talvinder Sihra of NEUPC (now at University of Leeds) and Alex Carter of the University of Hull (now at the University of Huddersfield) all undertook work based projects which have provides useful outcomes for their employers in the areas of social value measurement, embedding sustainability in tender criteria and contract management and also supplier approval processes. Emily has also presented at the National Responsible Procurement Group as a result of her project and hopes to be involved in a sector wide sub-group to develop social value measurement for the HE sector.


"Studying through NEUPC was a great opportunity for me to meet people in a similar role to me at other Universities – Building a network of peers has been invaluable to my studies and my development." - Graduate Procurement Apprentice 


*read the reviews here  


NEUPC has places available for CIPS L4 and L5, as well on the L4 Procurement apprenticeship programmes with start dates in November or January.



Please visit our CIPS page for further details and the enrolment form or contact Debbie Shore on 0113 4871757 e-mail [email protected]



We would also like to congratulate the COUP Procurement Award Winner for the Emerging Talent - Procurement Apprentice category, Amy Dresser from Durham University. 


Amy Dresser studied for her CIPS Procurement Apprenticeship through the NEUPC Study Centre. The award recognises emerging procurement talent at apprentice level. It celebrates apprentices choosing procurement as a career and delivering exceptional performance within their area of responsibility and demonstrating personal drive, commitment and enthusiasm. 


You can read more about the COUP Procurement Awards here.