We are proud to have been awarded preferred supplier status on a number of National and Regional Frameworks covering the supply of software and hardware

Under EU Directive 2004/18/EC, public sector organisations are required to make use of Framework Agreements when spending public funds. Purchasing consortia are now increasing sharing framework agreements in a bid to drive efficiency in the sector.

Apple Higher Education Framework

Framework: 8th March 2017 - 31st March 2020

The Universities Apple Computer Group (UACG) launched a tender to renew the existing Apple Higher Education framework agreement that has been the leading supply channel for Apple equipment to the UK HE sector for the past 17 years. The great news is that Academia have been awarded Rank #1 on the framework.


The original Apple HE agreement was established in 2002 to provide a dedicated supply channel for all UK HE institutions at a time when the demand for Apple equipment was increasing and a growing number of larger institutions were exceeding tender trigger values on Apple equipment purchases. The agreement has been very successful and is near the end of its third iteration having been retendered in 2007 and 2011. It is currently in its final extension period prior to its re-tender.

Software License Resellers Agreement

1st December 2016 – 30th November 2019

Academia has been awarded places on four lots of the Software License Resellers Agreement for the supply of Adobe, VMware and other software. As the highest ranked supplier on the Adobe ETLA and Other Software Lots, institutions can direct award to Academia under the terms of the agreement. The contract is available for all regional higher education purchasing consortia members (NEUPC, NWPC, APUC, LUPC, SUPC, HEPCW).


Lot Details: – 2a Adobe ETLA, 2b Adobe CLP / VIP, Lot 3 VMware, Lot 4 Other Software

Crown Commercial Service: RM6103 Education Technology

Framework: 10th June 2019 – 10th June 2022

Crown Commercial Service released the latest iteration of the ICT Services for Education Framework with the latest RM6103 Education Technology Framework. This framework is applicable to all education institutions including but not limited to schools, academies, multi-academy trusts, colleges and universities.

Academia are delighted to have been awarded a place on four lots, these are as follows:

  • Lot 2 – Broadband Fibre Infrastructure
  • Lot 3 – Broadband Services
  • Lot 4 – Hardware
  • Lot 5 – Audio Visual
Lot 2 – Broadband Fibre Infrastructure

This lot includes the design and installation and ongoing use of Fibre Infrastructure, ‘Last Mile’ installations, associated civil works and service costs.


Lot 3 – Broadband Services

Lot 3 covers site-to-site cloud connectivity, LAN connectivity, network security and support, IP connectivity, routing, internet filtering, firewall and anti-virus provision, e-safety solutions and storage.


Lot 4 – Hardware

Customers can procure end user devices (desktops/laptops/tablets), printers, infrastructure hardware (including but not limited to servers, routers, switches) and close-to-the-box services through Lot 4.


Lot 5 – Audio Visual

Lot 5 offers a range of Audio Visual products and services including but not limited to interactive whiteboards, digital signage, media streaming services, audio equipment, associated peripherals and close-to the box services.

Crown Commercial Service: G-Cloud 11

Framework: 2nd of July 2019 - 1st July 2020

Academia are delighted to offer a range of Cloud Services and Support, with offerings including:

  • Academia Cloud Servers (hosted in our own datacentre space)
  • Academia Cloud Support
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Jamf Mobile Device Management
  • Okta Identity Access Management

We would be happy to discuss any of the above further, so please consult your account manager for any queries.


IT Related Accessories and Parts (ITRAP)

3rd February 2020 - 3rd February 2023 with an option to extend an additional year

Academia are proud to be a supplier on the latest release of ITRAP. Available for all regional higher education purchasing consortia members (NEUPC, NWPC, APUC, LUPC, SUPC, HEPCW) this framework cover a wide range of products across the following categories:

  • Storage media
  • Components
  • Displays, monitors, screens and accessories
  • Cables
  • Power-related accessories
  • Peripheral accessories
  • Device protection and IT security products
  • Audio visual consumables
  • Special needs assisted technology equipment
  • VR Equipment

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC)

January 2016 – January 2019

The Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) is owned and run on behalf of the Further Education Sector and represents the interests of 2700+ Colleges, Academies and Schools throughout the UK.


Academia has been successfully awarded on the following CPC Framework Agreements:


Framework for Desktop Hardware January 2016 to January 2019 (option to extend to Jan 2020):
Lot 2: Portable Devices
Lot 4: IT Hardware Compatible with Apple Operating Systems
Lot 5: ICT Disposal and Recycling


Framework for Software Licenses & Associated Services for Academies and Schools 9th August 2018 – 8th August 2020 with a possible 2-year extension
Lot 1: Microsoft
Lot 3: Other off the shelf Software

NWUPC Broadcast and Integration Framework

1st July 2019 - 30th June 2021

The Academia Group have successfully been awarded a place on the NWUPC Broadcast and Integration Services Framework in Lot 1 for Audio services.


The North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC) launched a requirement to establish a Framework Agreement for the provision of broadcast equipment and integration services in the United Kingdom this year, awarding a place for the Academia Group following a formal tender process.


The Academia Group have been awarded the framework agreement to start on 1st July 2019 until 30th June 2021 with 2 x 1-year extension periods available until 30th June 2023.


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