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Provision of a Student Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) system and associated modules.

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name and addresses
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane
Bristol
BS16 1QY
United Kingdom
Contact person: Helen Baker
Telephone: +44 1173282239
E-mail:
Fax: +44 1173283985
NUTS code: UKK11

Internet address(es):

Main address: www.uwe.ac.uk

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:

Student VLE.

Reference number: UWE/ITS/2016
II.1.2)Main CPV code
48000000
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

Provision of a Student Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) system and associated modules.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 1 200 000.00 GBP
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
48190000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKK11
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Provision of a Student Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) system and associated modules.

II.2.5)Award criteria
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
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 IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below
  • The procurement falls outside the scope of application of the directive
Explanation:

The University of the West of England intends to award a contract for the renewal and maintenance of its VLE to Blackboard for up to 5 years. The application is owned, supplied and supported exclusively by Blackboard, a company that specalises in software for the Higher Education Sector. The University has made a substantial investment in the Blackboard System, in process, infrastructure, staff skills and capabilities since it was installed in 2002.

The University is looking to make a number of enhancements to its existing system to improve the student experience, as well as business processes and efficiency. Improvements to the system may include the purchase of additional modules along with relevant support and maintenance. This may also include consultancy services as required.

The University has identified that for reasons of compatibility and in order to maintain as much of the existing systems functionality as possible, the products, services and support provided by Blackboard are the only ones capable of meeting the University's requirements.

The contract will be let for a period of up to 5 years.

IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Section V: Award of contract/concession

Title:

Student VLE

V.2)Award of contract/concession
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract/concession award decision:
12/11/2016
V.2.2)Information about tenders
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor/concessionaire
Blackboard International BV
175 Oxford Street
London
W1D 2JS
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1132342111
NUTS code: UKI
The contractor/concessionaire will be an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot/concession (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot/concession: 1 200 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane
Bristol
BS16 1QY
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1173282218
E-mail:
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:
12/12/2016