Bangor’s public procurement expertise sought by both sides of the House

Professor Dermot Cahill, Head of Bangor University Law School, has been invited by the UK Conservative Party to sit as a Member of the House of Commons Parliamentary Inquiry into electronic procurement, to assess the case for the feasibility of introducing electronic invoicing into the UK as a widespread Government purchasing practice.

Invitation to serve on the House of Commons Inquiry is recognition that Bangor Law School's Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies has, in a short time, become one of the UK's leading procurement research centres. Government and the UK public and private sectors are turning to the Institute for the best independent strategic advice on public procurement law and policy formulation issues.

A further indication of the School’s growing reputation in the procurement arena comes with the recent news that Professor Cahill has been invited by the Labour Party’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Chris Leslie MP, to undertake a zero-based review of key challenges in UK Government procurement policy and practice in advance of the next general Election. Not only is public procurement a hot political topic, but it is to Bangor's door that everyone is coming to for the best advice on policy and legal practice in the UK. 

Professor Cahill and his procurement research team of Dr Ama Eyo, Dr Pedro Telles, Gary Clifford and Ceri Evans have also, in recent times, been commissioned to write evidence-based reports for the Welsh Government on various procurement reform issues facing Wales, and their Barriers to Procurement Opportunity Report has been adopted as official Government policy in Wales.

The School is one of the few Law Schools in the UK to offer an LLM Masters in Public Procurement.  According to Professor Cahill: “Procurement offers superb career opportunities to work in highly specialised procurement positions in the UK public sector”.

Publication date: 28 January 2014