United Kingdom-Coleraine: Adult-education services at university level

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Tile United Kingdom-Coleraine: Adult-education services at university level
OJEU (High Value) 471714-2019
Type Invitation to tender
Date Published 2019-10-08
Deadline 2019-11-06 15:00:00
Nature Of Contract Service contract
Awarding Authority
Awarding Criteria The most economic tender
Procedure Competitive dialogue

Description :

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1) Name and addresses:
Official name: University of Ulster
Postal address: Block X Room X031, Cromore Road
Town: Coleraine
Postal code: BT52 1SA
Country: UK
Contact person: Andrew Todd
Telephone: +44 2870124227
E-mail: a.todd@ulster.ac.uk
NUTS code: UKN0
Main address (URL): www.ulster.ac.uk

I.3) Procurement documents

Additional Information
I.3.4) Additional information can be obtained from:
I.3.6)Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
I.3.8) to the above mentioned address
I.4) Type of the contracting authority: BODY PUBLIC

Main Activity
I.5.1) Main Activity: EDUCATION

Section II: Object of Contract


Global Online Education Venture

Reference number: project_25463

II.1.4) Short description

Ulster University (University) is undertaking a procurement exercise (in accordance with the competitive dialogue process) to select an Online Programme Management provider to participate in a Global Online Education Venture.

The venture aims to grow a substantial high quality and premium Global Online Education portfolio for the University. The objective is to accelerate to a diverse, versatile and agile portfolio at scale with bespoke design and development for targeted markets that break from the traditional academic calendar and which lower common academic and professional services barriers of curriculum design, development, recruitment, delivery and support.

II.01) Estimated value excluding VAT:
GBP 40000000

Information about lots
II.1.6) This contract is divided into lots: no

Description: Item/Lot 1
NUTS code: UKN0
II.1.4) Short description

The University currently has strong credentials in online education with a significant portfolio of courses delivered through online distance learning. The requirement from the successful Collaborative Partner for this new Collaboration will include, inter alia, the following:

— market insights to optimally prime the course development pipeline,

— supported curriculum design, instructional design and media content development,

— marketing, recruitment and student retention.

The anticipated characteristics of the development are:

— collaborative relationship,

— revenue-share based on investment profile of Collaborative Partner,

— professionals as the target student,

— global in anticipated target market,

— carousel in course delivery approach,

— English Language as the taught medium,

— scale of the order of several thousand enrolled in steady state within a few years,

— revenue to the parties of up to 20 000 000 GBP in steady state.

The Collaborative Project is being procured competitively in accordance with the competitive dialogue procedure applicable under Regulation 30 of the Regulations.

The University anticipates shortlisting a maximum of 4 Economic Operators for the Invitation to Participate in Dialogue (ITPD) stage. Further details on the ITPD will be published on eSourcing NI shortly. Economic Operators should note at this stage that the ITPD will involve a ‘discovery’ dialogue stage in which the University will engage with shortlisted Economic Operators in order to identify solutions capable of meeting the University’s needs/objectives.

Final tenders shall be requested by the University once the dialogue stage is closed, evaluated in accordance with the invitation to submit final tenders and the preferred bidder identified. It is envisaged that the University will enter into a long-term arrangement (initial 10-year with extension up to 60 months).

II.2.5) Award criteria:

Value excluding VAT: GBP 40000000
II.02.07) Duration in months 180
II.2.7.5) This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9.3) Maximum number of candidates: 4
II.2.9,4) Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

As stated in the procurement documents.

II.2.10) Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11) Options
II.2.11.2) Description of options

It is envisaged that the University will enter into a long-term arrangement (an initial 10-year contract with the potential for the University, acting at its discretion, to extend up to a total further period of 60 months) with the successful economic operator.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1.2) Economic and financial standing
III.1.2.2) Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3) Technical and professional ability
III. Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.2.2) Contract performance conditions

The University reserves the right to require bonds, deposits, guarantees (including a parent company guarantee), collateral warranty or other appropriate forms of undertaking or security to ensure proper contractual performance.

III.2.3) Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1) Type of procedure: Competitive Dialogue
IV.1.4) Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated

IV.02.01) Notice number in the OJ S 2019/S 043-098335
IV.02.01) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.02.02) Date 2019-11-06
IV.02.02) Local time 15:00
IV.02.03) Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.02.06) Duration in months (from the date stated for receipt of tender): 6

Section V: Complementary information

VI.2.1) Electonic ordering will be used
VI.2.2) Electronic invoicing will be accepted
VI.2.3) Electronic payment will be used

Additional information:

This process is being conducted competitively in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended). The procedure being followed for this procurement is the competitive dialogue procedure (Regulation 30).

Economic Operators should note that this Competition was previously advertised under OJEU reference 2019/S 043-098335, which tender process was discontinued by the University. Following discontinuation of that tender process, the University undertook some informal, proportionate and representative market engagement with potential interested parties. Following that engagement, the University has adjusted its requirements and the process previously advertised and re-issued an OJEU notice and updated tender documents accordingly. Economic Operators should note that they will not be prejudiced by any participation or failure to participate in that market engagement.

The slides of a presentation given by the University as part of the market testing exercise have been made available to all Economic Operators as part of the PQQ Documentation. It should be noted that such information was issued solely for the purpose of the market testing exercise. Economic Operators should also note that the opportunity to provide feedback to the University in respect of its procurement approach has now passed.

The University reserves the right to reject any or all PQQ responses or tender response(s) and to cancel or withdraw the procurement process at any stage; to award a contract without prior notice; to change the basis, the procedure and the timescales set out or referred to in the procurement documents; to require an economic operator to clarify its PQQ response or tender response(s) in writing and/or provide additional information; to terminate the procurement process; and/or to amend the terms and conditions of the PQQ or tender evaluation process or dialogue process.

The University does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any tender.

Economic operators remain responsible for all costs and expenses incurred by them or by any third party acting under instructions from the economic operator in connection with taking part in this procurement process, regardless of whether such costs arise as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of any amendments made to the procurement documents by the University at any time.

No legally binding contract shall arise (and an economic operator shall have no legitimate expectation that a contract will be entered into) until such time as entry into the contract has been confirmed by the University.

Economic operators should note that all dates, time periods and figures in relation to values and volumes specified in this notice and the procurement documents are approximate only and the University reserves the right to change any or all of them.

Review body:
Official name: High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland
Postal address: Royal Courts of Justice, Chichester Street
Town: Belfast
Postal code: BT1 3JY
Country: UK
VI.04.03) Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures

The University will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on award of the contract is communicated to all economic operators. The standstill period provides time for unsuccessful economic operators to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (Northern Ireland).

Section VI

VI.05.00) Date of dispatch of this notice 2019-10-04

English Language Unavailable

CPV Codes
80430000; 48190000; 80000000; 80300000; Adult-education services at university level; Educational software package; Education and training services; Higher education services;

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