Tender for Virtual Learning Environment
The University of Northampton is seeking to acquire a Virtual Learning Environment solution.
United Kingdom-Northampton: Library software package
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
Contact person: Julia Gough
Telephone: +44 1604892663
NUTS code: UKF24
Internet address(es):Main address: www.northampton.ac.uk
Address of the buyer profile: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofnorthampton/
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
ITT266 Virtual Learning Environment Solution
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
The University of Northampton is seeking to acquire a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) solution (live, test and staging). It is envisaged that the contract length will be 5 years with the option to extend at the discretion of the University for a further 5 additional 1 year extensions. With a contract start date of August 2019 The current VLE has been a key product at the University supporting learning and teaching and is the key backbone of NILE (Northampton Integrated Learning Environment) and is fed directly from the Student Record System (QLS) to ensure access for all students. Courses are structured on NILE and this provides content, communication and engagement functionality to provide the University blend of virtual and face to face support which underpins University Active Blended Learning (ABL).
II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
The University of Northampton is seeking to acquire a virtual learning environment solution (live, test and staging) for the following 5 years with a possibility of 5 additional 1 year extensions. The VLE has been a key product at the University since 2002. It has been the key product supporting learning and teaching during this time and been the subject of several reviews to confirm that it continues to meet the core objectives of the institution. The current license expires in August 2020, and this tender allows Northampton to evaluate the market against the University requirements. NILE (Northampton Integrated Learning Environment) is the name provided to the VLE and this is fed directly from the Student Record System (QLS) to ensure access for all students. Courses are structured on NILE and this provides content, communication and engagement functionality to provide the University blend of virtual and face to face support which underpins University Active Blended Learning (ABL). During 2017/18 academic year, we had a head count of 16 800 students which equates to 9953 FTE. In addition, we have around 1 000 staff of which approximately 500 are academic. Supplementary systems add additional functionality to NILE such as Turnitin (originality checking and additional marking tools); Kaltura (video streaming); WordPress (static web content), Publishers (ebook content), Talis (Library system integration) and Xerte (Learning Object development). NILE forms a key part of the Northampton student digital experience with the majority of assessments now being supported through the product, along with in course communication delivered along with all virtual engagement.
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
The contract may be extended entirely at the University discretion for further 5 additional 1 year extensions.
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Criteria will be stated in the procurement documents.
II.2.10)Information about variants
II.2.11)Information about options
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
Tender is published on https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofnorthampton/. Register your organisation, once accepted you can access the tender documents. Contract value in II.1.5 and II.2.6 is an estimate based on 200 000 GBP per year for contract length.The University envisages entering a 5 year contract with the option to extend entirely at the University discretion for further 5 x 1 year extensions.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
The University reserves the right to cancel or amend the tendering process at any stage, not to award the contract in whole or in part and does not bind itself to accept any tender. The University shall not be liable in any circumstances for any costs or expenses incurred by any prospective service provider in responding to this notice or in tendering for the proposed contract.
The procurement process will incorporate a standstill period at the point that notification of the proposed award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide information on the award decision as is required by Regulation 86 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: