Q3 19/20

Report Date
May 2020

To our knowledge, some community benefits have been successfully included in procurement processes (e.g. DDI-related projects), and possibly delivered (with varying levels of success), but there is currently no routine inclusion of community benefit clauses in procurement processes. SRS colleagues have made efforts to achieve this, whcih to date have included:

  • Contacting community grant recipients to find out what they need
  • Following discussion with Karen Bowman (Procurement Director), creating a list of typical benefits (aligned to themes and with various options depending on contract scale and topic) that could be included, the aim being that this could be used by contract managers in Procurement. Adoption of this tool, or something like it, has not yet been achieved due to a range of practical and cultural reasons.

The University has won an award for its social and community benefit in procurement (https://www.ed.ac.uk/procurement/procurement-bulletin/november-bulletin/go-awards), which recognised, among other things, its community benefit policy - https://www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/uoe_procurement_community_benefits_policy.pdf.  Comprehensive policy implementation is, therefore, the current next step for this project.

Project Status
RAG Status
Time
BLUE
Cost
BLUE
Scope
BLUE
Overall
BLUE
RAG Commentary
From an SRS perspective, this project is currently on hold due to staff capacity and a changing internal context. However, informal work with suppliers is being considered as part of the University's Covid-19 response (e.g. Sarah Anderson is currently speaking with Balfour Beatty, and Balfour Beatty is already providing Streetwork with toiletries).
Change Status
Has formal escalation taken place?
No
Activity
Approved budget
0.0 days
Activity this month
0.0 days
Activity this year
0.0 days
Activity to date
0.0 days
Estimate to complete current year
0.0 days
Estimate to complete future years
0.0 days

Project Info

Project
Community Benefit Procurement Clause
Code
SRSCE-B
Programme
SRS - Community Engagement (SRS)
Project Manager
Sarah Anderson
Project Sponsor
Michelle Brown
Current Stage
Initiate
Status
In Progress
Start Date
02-Feb-2018
Planning Date
n/a
Delivery Date
n/a
Close Date
n/a
Overall Priority
Normal
Category
Discretionary

Documentation

Not available.