EPS Corporate Services has responsibility for the implementation and administration of procurement policies, procedures and processes in the education sector, providing customer service, data analytics and communications. The CS team works closely with our partners across the education sector in developing tools of engagement for improved efficiency and performance under the national procurement model.
Our corporate events will link you with representatives from across education, DES, OGP, HEA and other relevant bodies.
EPS Corporate Services supports the implementation of policies and procedures for national procurement.
The following is an example of some of the areas covered:
The development and roll out of the CPP across the HEIs and ETBs was coordinated by the Corporate Services Team.
November 2019 to July 2020 – OGP Sourcing Team Workshops. The workshops provided the opportunity to look at the utilisation of the central frameworks in the education sector:
• Areas where we see a lack of take-up and a look at what improvements can be made including increased scope comprehended into the future schedule of frameworks.
• Areas that will require strategic bespoke solutions in the sector.
• The MAPP information collected in the sector is a key central support to the early strategic planning and sectoral approach in each Category for future requirements and to apply strategy to delivering solutions for compliant spend in those anomalies not falling under cover of frameworks.
October 2019 – The Corporate Services team held Multi Annual Procurement Plan (MAPP) clinics with all the HEIs. The clinics provided a forum for discussion around planning and scoping future requirements.
March 2019 – Laboratory Supplier Communication Day
This event was an important part of the EPS partner engagement process and will contribute to the development of the Category Management Strategy for Laboratory and Research.
May 2019 – EPS Corporate services organised the Higher Education Summit in partnership with the HEA. It emphasised the importance of planning for the future to ensure better outcomes through the delivery of value for money savings as well as consideration of social and environmental factors to help promote sustainability.
April 2019 – EPS partnered with the ETBI to develop the Education and Training Board’s (ETB) Corporate Procurement Plan (CPP) template and Multi Annual Procurement Plan (MAPP), tailored specifically to meet the needs of the ETB’s. The Education Training Boards of Ireland ran a very successful conference in April 2019. The day gave valuable insights into the need for good governance, consistency and transparency in the expenditure of public funds.
April 2018 – The Higher Education Summit was held at St. Laurence’s, DIT Grangegorman.
The Summit saw EPS launch the Corporate Procurement Plan (CPP) template for the Higher Education sector. Speakers included Philip Gurnett, EPS Director and Head of Sourcing Education , Graham Love, Chief Executive of the HEA and Deirdre McDonnell, Assistant Secretary General, Major Operations Division, Department of Education and Skills, Mary Rose Cremin, Deloitte, Mags O’Callaghan, Office of Government Procurement. Denise O’Malley, EPS Corporate Service Manager launched the CPP at the summit. The pack contained the MAPP template and guidelines as an appendix to the CPP to support users in completing the reports.
The summit outlined the benefits of adopting the CPP uniformly across education to provide compliance, strong governance, openness, transparency and deliver best value for money for the tax payer.
May 2017 – The Higher Education Procurement Summit was held in Bedford Hall, Dublin Castle.
The Summit was organised by EPS in conjunction with the Higher Education Authority. Speakers included Philip Gurnett, EPS Director and Head of Sourcing Education, Graham Love, Chief Executive of the HEA, Mary Rose Cremin, Deloitte, Mags O’Callaghan, Office of Government Procurement and Seán Ó Foghlú, the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills. The event brought together key personnel from Higher Education Institutions to discuss the common challenges faced and opportunities arising given the government decision to centralise procurement. The summits key message was the importance of good procurement compliance and governance throughout the Education sector with the support of the Department of Education and Skills, the Higher Education Authority and the Education Procurement Service. The summit was well received by the attendees.
In December 2019, EPS produced their inaugural quarterly Newsletter. The idea was to produce a letter that captured the professional standards and dedication that the EPS team bring to their work on a daily basis. Dorothy Walshe, Corporate Services, was tasked with the production of the publications:
“I was delighted to take on the challenge, the vision was to send a message to our stakeholders that represented the work that we carry out for our customers but also to portray the achievements and human side of the EPS Team. Through working with my colleagues the issue shows the dynamic and proactive culture that exists within our organisation”
EPS has just published the August copy of their Newsletter, see link below to access all issues.
Aggregated Education MAPP Report 2019-2021
Education and Training Boards Sector Summary Report
Institutes of Technology Sector Summary Report
Technological Universities Sector Summary Report
Universities Sector Summary Report