Tender for External Investigator Services – Belfast

Tender for External Investigator Services – Belfast

To undertake investigations into complaints and allegations of misconduct brought by/against students and by/against members of staff.

United Kingdom-Belfast: Investigation services

2020/S 234-579021

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Queen’s University Belfast
Postal address: Purchasing Office, University Road
Town: Belfast
NUTS code: UKN06 Belfast
Postal code: BT7 1NN
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: j.glackin@qub.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 2890973026
Internet address(es):
Main address: www.qub.ac.uk
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/FinanceDirectorate/visitors/procurement/

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/queensuniversitybelfast/aspx/Home
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/queensuniversitybelfast/aspx/Home
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Education

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

QUB/2015/20 Provision of External Investigator Services

 

Reference number: QUB/2015/20

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79720000 Investigation services

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The University wishes to engage an investigator, or a company of investigators, with a proven track record to undertake investigations into complaints and allegations of misconduct brought by/against students and by/against members of staff. The University also requires the Investigator to provide training to members of University staff involved in relation to handling investigations.

 

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 250 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79720000 Investigation services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKN06 Belfast
Main site or place of performance:

 

 

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

 

The University wishes to engage an investigator, or a company of investigators, with a proven track record to provide the core requirements which shall include, but are not limited to:

— conduct complex and high risk investigations on behalf of the University in a fair and objective manner. The provider will be required to undertake independent investigations into complaints and allegations of misconduct brought by/against students and by/against members of staff. Such complaints or allegations may be complex, sensitive or pose a high risk to the University. The provider will have the capacity, experience and expertise to conduct complex investigations in a thorough, robust and timely manner and to reach objective conclusions based on the evidence;

— provide training to University staff on how to conduct internal investigations in a fair and objective manner.

 

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 250 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The University may renew this requirement at the end of the contract and any optional periods.

 

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract will initially be for a period of 12 months with the option to extend by up to a further 48 months subject to satisfactory performance.

 

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

List and brief description of conditions:

 

 

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents.

 

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents.

 

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

List and brief description of selection criteria:

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents.

 

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents.

 

III.2)Conditions related to the contract

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)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

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

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

Date: 11/01/2021
Local time: 16:00
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:

English

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: 11/01/2021
Local time: 16:30
Place:

 

 

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

60 months.

 

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Queen’s University Belfast
Postal address: University Road
Town: Belfast
Country: United Kingdom

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

 

 

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

26/11/2020