Turing Scheme Administration Service – Early Engagement Notice

Turing Scheme Administration Service – Early Engagement Notice

The Turing Scheme has funding of £110 million, to enable around 35,000 students in UK universities, colleges and schools to travel on placements and exchanges overseas.

Turing Scheme – Administration Services (Contracts Finder – Early Engagement Notice 02/04/2021))

Contract summary



  • Administration services – 75100000

Location of contract

North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East, South West, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland

Procurement reference


Published date

9 April 2021

Closing date

31 May 2021

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On the 24 December 2020, the UK Government announced the introduction of the Turing Scheme,
a new programme to support students to study and undertake work placements across the world.
The Turing Scheme has funding of £110 million, to enable around 35,000 students in UK
universities, colleges and schools to travel on placements and exchanges overseas, starting from
September 2021. The Turing Scheme is particularly focused on students from disadvantaged
backgrounds, making life-changing opportunities accessible to students across the United

The Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for the delivery of the Turing Scheme. Following
the initial announcement in December, on the 6 February 2021 the Turing Scheme website
launched, and on the 12 March 2021, the application window for funding for universities, school
and colleges was opened.

Further information about the Turing Scheme can be found here: turing-scheme.org.uk

Following the launch of the Turing Scheme and the opening of the application process, the
Department is now considering its strategy for the longer-term delivery of the Turing Scheme
administration services. The new service is likely to be required from the beginning of 2022.

The purpose of this Notice is to initiate market engagement. It does not signify the commencement of
any procurement process and does not constitute any commitment by the Department for
Education. If the Department for Education decides to commence any procurement process as
contemplated by this notice, a separate notice will be published at the relevant time.

The Turing Scheme currently provides programme funding for mobility projects taking place in a
given academic year (i.e. September to August). The programme lifecycle is longer, with activity to
select projects to be funding taking place in the Spring/Summer preceding the academic year, and
then project close activity taking place running into the Autumn following the academic year.

The Turing Scheme administration service need over this period consists of various component

Scheme promotions and communications
Facilitating and managing the funding application process
Assessing funding applications
Grant administration (entering in to grant agreement, monitoring, closure)
Programme Fund management and distribution
Programme governance, including compliance and audit controls

Further information about the programme lifecycle and service requirements will be provided
during upcoming market engagement activity.


More information


Additional text
This Notice is intended to:
1. Raise awareness with the market of a potential future procurement process for the end-to-end
delivery of the Turing Scheme service;2. Inform the market that the Department will be undertaking market engagement activity during
Spring 2021, for the purpose of gathering information about the supply market and their delivery
solutions; and to inform its understanding of the risks and issues relevant to managing transition
to, and mobilisation of, any new service arrangements.

At this stage, interested market suppliers should ensure they are registered on the Department’s
e-procurement solution (Jaggaer). The Department will engage with the market and administer
any procurement via Jaggaer.

Jaggaer registration information can be found here: https://education.app.jaggaer.com/

Should a supplier experience any technical difficulty with the DfE eSourcing portal, they need to
contact the Jaggaer Service Helpdesk on 0800 069 8630 or e-mail help_UK@jaggaer.com.

Further notices regarding the market engagement approach will be published in due course.


How to apply


Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.


About the buyer


Contact name

Department for Education


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