Education and Training Services for Open University – Futurelearn Test Centres

Education and Training Services for Open University – Futurelearn Test Centres

FutureLearn are building a platform which will offer MOOCs (massive open online courses) from Universities in the UK and internationally, for free, to people around the world who want to enjoy learning and access to some of the world’s leading educators.

United Kingdom-Milton Keynes: Education and training services

2013/S 179-309366

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

The Open University
Walton Hall
Contact point(s): https://in-tendhost.co.uk/openuniversity/
For the attention of: Procurement Manager
MK7 6BP Milton Keynes
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1908652036

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.open.ac.uk

Electronic access to information: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/openuniversity/

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/openuniversity/

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

Education
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

FUturelearn Test Centres/PUR/OJEU/2013.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services
NUTS code UKJ12

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

FutureLearn Ltd (www.futurelearn.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Open University.

FutureLearn are building a platform which will offer MOOCs (massive open online courses) from Universities in the UK and internationally, for free, to people around the world who want to enjoy learning and access to some of the world’s leading educators.
Founded by the Open University in late 2012, FutureLearn has now partnered with over 20 top Universities from the UK, some international Universities and a number of cultural institutions such as the British Library, British Museum and British Council. The Partners are creating courses and content across a broad range of subjects and offering them on Futurelearn.com, which is supplying the technology, platform, learning environment and tools, as well as marketing, among other operational services.
FutureLearn Ltd are seeking a vendor that can provide flexible facilities to it’s Partners to manage and run the examinations associated with FutureLearn.com courses on a worldwide basis.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80000000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

As tender documents.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

As tender documents.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

As tender documents.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As tender documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As tender documents.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As tender documents.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Accelerated restricted
Justification for the choice of accelerated procedure: This requirement is to support a new market initiative where fast early adoption provides commercial advantages
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

FUTURELEARN TESTING CENTRES/PUR/OJEU/2013
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 27.9.2013 – 12:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

27.9.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 27.9.2013 – 14:00
Place:

Walton Hall, Milton Keynes.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: The Procurement Manager (or delegate) and two other University officers.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

The contract awarded will be for an inititial 12 month period, but depending on market outcomes, FutureLearn requirement and vendor performance maybe extended upto 60 months in total, in 12 month extensions.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

The Open University
UNITED KINGDOM

Body responsible for mediation procedures

The Open University
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Applicants have two working days from notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before the expiry of the standstill period. Such additional information should be requested from the address in section 1.1 If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved the (for Public Sector) Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales, and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months). Where a contract has not been entered into the court may order the settling aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the court may only award damages.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

The Open University
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:11.9.2013