Author: Procurement

COVID-19 Travel Update

Governor Lamont sent executive branch agency heads a directive designed to help prevent and delay COVID-19 in Connecticut, including freezing employee travel on state business.

University-Sponsored Travel Outside of Connecticut is Suspended: Though not an executive branch agency, UConn wishes to act in keeping with the governor’s goals. Effective immediately, all domestic and international, university-sponsored travel outside of the state by faculty and staff is suspended until further notice. Any exception needs to be approved by university leadership. Continue reading

Urgent Update for International Travelers

As you may be aware, there is an ongoing outbreak of a respiratory illness commonly named the coronavirus – COVID-19.  This development is rapidly evolving. As such, travelers are urged to closely monitor Travel.state.gov and CDC.gov for important information.

Travelers are reminded to complete the travel waiver for travel to countries/regions which have been listed as level 3 or 4 by the U. S. Department of State.

UPDATE: Concur Pilot for Feb. 18, 2020

We are writing to provide an update regarding the University SAP Concur implementation.

The SAP Concur project is a collaborative UConn initiative to implement a best-in-class, cloud-based Travel and Expense management service for the university.  There are currently over 2,600 employees participating in the pilot phase of this project.  There has been strong feedback during this phase that complexity in the environment has, at times, made it difficult to make best use of the service.

Based on this feedback, the first phase of the project will not go-live on its previously scheduled date of March 10, 2020.  The project will, instead, assess the environment to streamline elements of the workflow and to simplify customer interaction.  In the coming weeks you will hear more details about the project, including updated timelines and rollouts.

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UPDATE: Concur Pilot

updated 3/5/2020

Concur Travel and Expense Training Opportunities

Whether you have been using Concur since October or you are going live later this year, in-person training is available for all Employees, Grad Assistants, Grad Interns, and Post-Docs. Please visit the Travel and Expense Project Page or the Professional Development Training Page directly to register for a session(s) most applicable to you.  Training options are outlined below.

Concur Travel and Expense Open Labs

If you are already using Concur as an early-adopter, we have additional opportunities for you to receive in-person support.  If you need assistance with requesting, booking, or expensing travel, please stop by one of our Open Labs, located in Purchasing Bid Room on:

  • Mondays from 1:00pm – 3:30pm

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UPDATE: Concur Pilot for Jan. 22, 2020 Departments

On October 15th, 2019 the University of Connecticut began its much-anticipated pilot launch of the Concur Travel and Expense Management system. The following departments have graciously agreed to be part of the pilot to provide valued testing and feedback to our team. Stay tuned for the redesigned Travel Services website for reference material, upcoming training, and the full campus go –live updates.

The following departments have been added to the pilot as of January 22, 2020:

  • Procurement
  • Controller
  • Budget/Institutional Research
  • Public Safety
  • Human Resources
  • Facilities Operations
  • University Planning, Design, and Construction (UPDC)

Concur Travel & Expense Project – Townhalls

EXCITING NEWS!  The University has been working towards implementing a new Travel and Expense System which will create a seamless process for employees to request, book, and expense travel!  Reimbursements will be more efficiently processed, allowing travelers to receive their payments in a timely manner.   We want to thank the areas across the campus who have helped pilot this system: Athletics, ITS, Admissions, Statistics, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), History, and the School of Business.  These groups have worked diligently with the project team to ensure that the system is ready for a full campus roll out later this year.

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University Travel Program Update

We want to provide you with a further update on the changes occurring to the University’s Travel Program. You will recall we sent out a message in June announcing:

  1. Key Travel will be our new travel management partner;
  2. Travel Card program will be established;
  3. We will begin the use of Concur, a travel and expense management system.

This past October 15, Key Travel, Travel Cards and Concur began being piloted with certain users. The pilot group consists of the following departments: School of Business, Office of Admissions, Division of Athletics, Information Technology Services, and Departments of Statistics, History, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Concur Pilot Launch

On October 15th, 2019 the University of Connecticut began its much-anticipated pilot launch of the Concur Travel and Expense Management system. The following departments have graciously agreed to be part of the pilot to provide valued testing and feedback to our team. Stay tuned for the redesigned Travel Services website for reference material, upcoming training, and the full campus go –live updates.

Departments Participating in the Pilot

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
    • Statistics
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), and
    • History
  • School of Business
  • Information Technology Services (ITS)
  • Admissions
  • Athletics

Concur Project Update

Travel

In the fall of 2019, a new and improved travel system will be available to you! With a commercial look and feel, backed by a 24/7 Travel Management Company (Key Travel), Concur will allow you to request pre-approval for travel, book travel, and easily complete your expense report for quick reimbursement. Concur also affords you the peace of mind knowing you are covered under the University’s Duty of Care system.

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