Consultancy Services for Supporting an International Higher Education Partnership in China

Consultancy Services for Supporting an International Higher Education Partnership in China

The University of Edinburgh seeks to further mature a partnership with a consortium of high-profile Chinese entities.

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Business and management consultancy services

2020/S 189-457566

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: University Of Edinburgh
Postal address: Charles Stewart House, 9-16 Chambers Street
Town: Edinburgh
NUTS code: UKM75 Edinburgh, City of
Postal code: EH1 1HT
Country: United Kingdom

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Consultancy Services for Supporting International Higher Education Partnership


Reference number: EC0928

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79410000 Business and management consultancy services

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The University of Edinburgh requires consultancy services for supporting an International Higher Education Partnership in China.


II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 5 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79410000 Business and management consultancy services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM75 Edinburgh, City of
Main site or place of performance:


Edinburgh, once Covid Restrictions allow.

Occasional travel to China possibly required.


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:


The University of Edinburgh seeks to further mature a partnership with a consortium of high-profile Chinese entities. The partnership intends to develop and deliver a ‘Health research, innovation and education programme.’

The university is now tendering to create a framework agreement to provide consultancy services from suitably qualified and experienced management consultancies to assist with phase 2 and possibly into phase 3 of the programme, to deliver the following objectives:

— support the management and implementation of the programme;

— monitor the progression of project plans and deliverables across the partnership to ensure achievement of mutually agreed objectives on-time and within budget;

— demonstrate that the partnership delivers value for money;

— advise on the balance of risk in the programme – strategic and delivery.


II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Methodology / Weighting: 11
Quality criterion – Name: Service delivery team / Weighting: 13
Quality criterion – Name: Cultural and geopolitical challenges / Weighting: 5
Quality criterion – Name: Value maximisation / Weighting: 6
Quality criterion – Name: Quality assurance / Weighting: 8
Quality criterion – Name: Security / Weighting: 8
Quality criterion – Name: Innovation and value added services / Weighting: 6
Quality criterion – Name: Community benefits / Weighting: 3
Price – Weighting: 40

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 5 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:


Up to 4 x 12 months extension periods are allowed.

This is to ensure that the framework agreement runs for the same potential length of the programme it is being set up to service.


II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:


The University would like to have the potential to use this framework agreement to purchase additional consultancy services if other projects within the University have projects of comparable scope and require a similar skill set to the current programme.

With regard to estimated spend, UoE estimates the maximum spend for phase 2 and 3 of the current programme on this framework agreement would be a maximum of GBP 3.6 million. An additional allowance of GBP 1.4 million has been added to allow for potential spend on other similar or associated projects and is much more speculative.


II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
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

List and brief description of selection criteria:


Bidders must be of sound economic standing to be able to fulfil call-off contracts from the framework agreement if appointed. Bidders must submit their 2 most recent sets of audited accounts including:

(i) balance sheets; and

(ii) profit and loss information.

Bidders must also hold (or commit to obtain before commencement of the framework agreement) the following levels of insurance:

Professional indemnity: GBP 5 million;

Employers liability: GBP 5 million or statutory minimum in country of domicile.


III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

List and brief description of selection criteria:


The bidder must provide a minimum of 1 and maximum of 3 case studies, which demonstrates their technical ability and experience in both delivering and adding value to, similar services as described in the specification of requirements. The case studies must have been successfully undertaken within the last 3 years, and display strong similarities to the scope and geographical coverage of service requirements of this tender. I.e.:

— successful management, adding of value to, and delivery of international higher education partnership business cases for health and data-related programmes;

— major collaborative programmes at scale between the UK and China, showing a good understanding of dealing with Province level officials;

— execution of major international public-private sector partnerships in complex stakeholder environments.

If a relevant consultant who will be placed within the framework Key service delivery team has direct relevant experience from within previous 5 years it may be included.

It is not permitted to submit case studies that were managed by employees that no longer work for the bidders company.

The bidder must include in the response:

— the clients’ (names and geographical locations);

— full details of the scope of the services delivered for the clients;

— The names of the Bidders consultants used in the service delivery team;

— results achieved for the clients during the lifetime of the contracts and exactly how these were captured and measured;

— the methodology used to deliver the required services;

— the dates and duration of the contracts;

— any (relevant) obstacles experienced during delivery of the services and how they were overcome; and

— contact details of the clients’ project managers.

Please note that the University reserves the right to gain confirmation from the stated clients that the services and achievements were indeed provided as described for the stated client.


III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

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

Open procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 3
In the case of framework agreements, provide justification for any duration exceeding 4 years:

Planned to be a 2 year FA with 4 x 12 months possible extension periods so that the FA can be the same duration as the programme it is intended to service.


IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 27/10/2020
Local time: 12:00
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

Duration in months: 4 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 27/10/2020
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:


The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The project code is 17039. For more information see:

The contracting authority does not intend to include a sub-contract clause as part of community benefits (as per Section 25 of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014) in this contract for the following reason:

As allowed by the EU procurement regulations, UoE is disallowing the use of sub-contractors on this framework agreement due to the confidential status of the programme being serviced.

Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see:

A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:

community benefits, social value and partnership working will be an important component of this project. please see the tender document and appendices for further detail.

(SC Ref:630704).


VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Edinburgh Sheriff Court
Town: Edinburgh
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: