Ceri Evans has worked for Bangor University since January 2009, following his move from Cardiff Business School. He played a pivotal role in establishing the Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies after leading the successful bid for £2.2m of funding from the EU’s Ireland/Wales INTERREG Programme in 2010 for the “Winning in Tendering” project.
Indeed, Ceri has proved instrumental over the years in securing substantial grant funding for the Institute and has led a number of successful major research grant bids. Ceri’s most recent major grant success was in 2017 for the €335,000 PPACT project (Public Procurement and Cross-border tendering), funded by the EU’s Competitiveness for SMEs Programme (COSME), for which he has assumed the role of project Co-Investigator. Ceri was also successful in 2017 and 2018 in winning 3 separate ESRC Impact Acceleration grants (also as project Co-Investigator), worth in the region of £50,000. Ceri also wrote the Bangor University element of the TESLA Project research grant application which was successful in winning £385,000 of INTERREG IVB North West Europe Programme funding in 2012. In addition to grant funding, Ceri has also been consistently successful in winning a number of prestigious public sector contracts (worth in excess of £240,000) to engage in a range of different areas of procurement research. Ceri's expertise in grant writing and grant evaluation led to him taking up a position as an evaluator for the European Commission's SME Instrument and Fast Track to Innovation programme.
He is module leader for 2 modules for the LLM in Public Procurement Law & Strategy and module leader for 3 modules for the Distance Learning LLM in Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice. He is also a Personal Tutor at the Law School, as well as an LLM dissertation and PhD thesis supervisor.
Ceri's focus is on undertaking applied procurement research and his main research interests remain rooted in SME interaction in public procurement. He has authored a number of influential publications in this area: for example, in 2018, he authored a journal article on feedback and supplier debriefing practices and their impact on SMEs, and in 2019, authored a separate piece of work entitled "Unpacking SME Failure in public sector competitions: reasons, perspectives and implications". Both of these articles have been ranked by external reviewers to be of the highest academic rating for Originality and Significance. The research from this work is expected to feature as a REF Impact Case Study in the 2020 REF exercise. Ceri also wrote the Law School’s 2014 3* REF Impact Case Study submission and his research featured heavily in the impact narrative for this Case Study.
He has also written book chapters on SME-Friendly procurement and has authored a variety of commissioned reports. For instance, he was one of the authors of the Welsh Government “Barriers to Procurement Opportunity” report. The recommendations from this report have been implemented by the Welsh Government’s Value Wales division which adopted the report as government policy in 2012. He has also authored reports on a variety of other elements of SME friendly procurement, including: E-Procurement and tendering support mechanisms.
Ceri is a fully qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and a PRINCE 2 Practitioner and has been actively involved in procurement reforms in a number of countries across the world and these countries and regions include the UK, Canada, New Zealand, the US, several EU countries, the Middle East and a number of developing nations. Indeed, he is regularly consulted by governments, public bodies, institutions and business organisations on public procurement and tendering issues and is regularly invited to speak at major national and international conferences on these issues, in particular to share his knowledge on SME-friendly procurement and to help shape public procurement reforms and influence procurement modernisation in these countries.
He was recently lead researcher in work involving 3 local authorities potentially adopting a shared procurement service operating model and Co-Investigator in 2014/15 for research that looked at how Gwynedd Council could reduce procurement spend without negatively impacting on the Council's Corporare Priority of "keeping the benefit local".
Ceri has been particularly active in developing methodologies to help the SME sector engage more successfully in public procurement. For instance, as part of the “Winning in Tendering” project, Ceri led the work package to develop and deliver a Tender Review Service (TRS) to over 200 SMEs and Third Sector organisations. An independent evaluation of the TRS by Loxley Consulting (2014) stated: “The evaluation has identified significant evidence of the wider impact of the TRS on SMEs throughout the region. Responses to TRS follow-up surveys show that beneficiaries are achieving significantly higher tender success rates than before receiving TRS support; in many cases these are double the success rates of a year earlier.”
Ceri's research on SME tendering deficiencies has also fed into a Canadian Government major national training programme to raise SME tender quality. The winner of the Welsh Government National Procurement Award category for “Most Improved Supplier in Tendering” in 2013 and 2014 were both beneficiaries of the TRS. The TRS was also runner-up in the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply Award 2013 category for “Best Procurement Project” and Ceri's article on the TRS was selected as one of the best papers from the 5th International Public Procurement Conference held in Seattle, USA in August 2012. Ceri has also developed an innovative tendering training methodology to enable suppliers to understand the procurer/evaluator perspective, as well as common weaknesses to avoid in tendering.
Ceri has recently completed a transnational research exercise analysing how high potential start-up organisations (HPSUs) across Europe interface with public procurement via a major EU-funded innovation and competitiveness project (the TESLA project) and delivered training throughout North-West Europe to help these HPSUs use public procurement as a growth accelerator.
Ceri, in recent years, has also assisted (via training, adoption of change management methods, and through data analysis) a number of Local Authorities, to adopt new and innovative procurement methods, so they are more able to operate in an efficient and effective way during a period of major budget cuts.
LLM in Public Procurement Law & Strategy:
Distance Learning LLM in Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice:
SXL-4730: Strategic Issues in Procurement (Module Leader).
SXL 4738: Procurement Relationships & Ethics (Module Leader).
SXL-4739: Leadership & Risk Management (Module Leader).
Responsible for development and delivery of a variety of Work based learning Masters level modules, including:
Ceri has supervised a number of dissertations for the LLM in Public Procurement Law & Strategy, including:
- Kerkula Mulbah, "An investigation into how Liberia can optimise its achievement of SME set-aside targets" (September 2019).
- Rafael da Silva, "An investigative study to examine the best way of structuring public procurement in Timor-Leste to minimise corruption" (September 2019).
- Abraham Okiemute Oteri, "Introduction of mandatory standstill period as a means of achieving greater transparency and efficiency in public procurement in Nigeria" (September 2018).
- Kwame Tufour, “What Lessons can Ghana Learn from Wales’ progressive SME Friendly approaches” (September 2015).
- Alvan Gana, “An effective Public Procurement Regime as the best anti-corruption mechanism: Lessons for Nigeria from the EU Regime” (September 2015).
Ceri is also a PhD Supervisor and is interested in supervising students from his area of expertise and in particular research related to SME interaction in pubic sector procurenment.
He is currently supervising Miriam Mbah's PhD research:
"Addressing Human Trafficking through Public Procurement: A Critical Examination of the US and Australian Federal Procurement Law."
Ceri’s main research interests remain rooted in SME interaction in public procurement and he has authored a number of influential reports and publications in this area.
Phone: 01248 383766.
Location: Upper floor Aethwy building.