An EU Light Touch procurement exercise which is compliant with the Public Contract Regulations 2015 will be undertaken to select suppliers for a Quasi-Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) which will offer access to preapproved suppliers who can be appointed using a streamlined procurement process, ensuring the University obtains value for money whilst enabling the Office for Students’ objectives to be achieved efficiently.

For clarity, this procurement is not a DPS as defined under the Public Contract Regulations 2015, Regulation

34, but is a Quasi-DPS as defined in the procurement documents. This is because Section 7 — Social and Other Specific Services are not subject to the full regulations of the procurement procedures, as they are covered by the light touch regime (the Light Touch Regime as allowed under Regulations 74 to 77).

The Quasi-DPS will be broken down into eight lots.

Estimated Quasi-DPS value excluding VAT between 0 GBP — 1 800 000 GBP.

Extended TitleT830 Make Happen Quasi-DPS
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Section:
IV.2.2)
Previous text:
2021-07-30
New text:
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Section:
II.2.4
Previous text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex, although it is also known as the Essex Collaborative Outreach Network (ECON).

As it stands, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. However, the Office for Students may decide to expand the targeted age groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

The programme started in January 2017 and aims to support the government’s goals to:

• reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups

• support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education

• support effective and impactful local collaboration by higher education providers working together with schools, colleges, employers and other partners

• contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthenevaluation practice in the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling in to the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: One to one, small group or online support from a trained mentor.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

New text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current Uni Connect Partnership, formerly known as the National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex,

As it stands, the Uni Connect Programme brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13 and to adult learners who are aged 19 and above. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. There may also be opportunities to deliver activity to students in year 7 and 8 through the Outreach Hub. However, the Office for Students may decide to further expand the targeted groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

Phase three of Uni Connect aims to:

* Contribute to reducing the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups.

* Equip young and adult learners from underrepresented groups to make an informed choice about their options in relation to the full range of routes into and through higher education and to minimise the barriers they may face when choosing the option that will unlock their potential.

* Support a strategic local infrastructure of universities, colleges and other partners that can cut through competitive barriers, offer an efficient and low-burden route for schools and colleges to engage, and address outreach ‘cold spots’ for underrepresented groups.

* Contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthen evaluation practice across the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling in to the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: One to one, small group or online support from a trained mentor.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

Section:
II.2.4
Previous text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex, although it is also known as the Essex Collaborative Outreach Network (ECON).

As it stands, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. However, the Office for Students may decide to expand the targeted age groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

The programme started in January 2017 and aims to support the government’s goals to:

• reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups

• support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education

• support effective and impactful local collaboration by higher education providers working together with schools,colleges, employers and other partners

• contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthenevaluation practice in the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling in to the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: Knowledge and skills development sessions designed to enhance or extend school/ college curriculum.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

New text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current Uni Connect Partnership, formerly known as the National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex,

As it stands, the Uni Connect Programme brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13 and to adult learners who are aged 19 and above. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. There may also be opportunities to deliver activity to students in year 7 and 8 through the Outreach Hub. However, the Office for Students may decide to further expand the targeted groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

Phase three of Uni Connect aims to:

* Contribute to reducing the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups.

* Equip young and adult learners from underrepresented groups to make an informed choice about their options in relation to the full range of routes into and through higher education and to minimise the barriers they may face when choosing the option that will unlock their potential.

* Support a strategic local infrastructure of universities, colleges and other partners that can cut through competitive barriers, offer an efficient and low-burden route for schools and colleges to engage, and address outreach ‘cold spots’ for underrepresented groups.

* Contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthen evaluation practice across the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling in to the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: Knowledge and skills development sessions designed to enhance or extend school/ college curriculum.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

Section:
II.2.4
Previous text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex, although it is also known as the Essex Collaborative Outreach Network (ECON).

As it stands, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. However, the Office for Students may decide to expand the targeted age groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

The programme started in January 2017 and aims to support the government’s goals to:

• reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups

• support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education

• support effective and impactful local collaboration by higher education providers working together with schools,colleges, employers and other partners

• contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthenevaluation practice in the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling in to the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: Activities specifically focused on teachers, college and school staff to equip them with the information and understanding they need to support learners’ journey into higher education.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

New text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current Uni Connect Partnership, formerly known as the National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex,

As it stands, the Uni Connect Programme brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13 and to adult learners who are aged 19 and above. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. There may also be opportunities to deliver activity to students in year 7 and 8 through the Outreach Hub. However, the Office for Students may decide to further expand the targeted groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

Phase three of Uni Connect aims to:

* Contribute to reducing the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups.

* Equip young and adult learners from underrepresented groups to make an informed choice about their options in relation to the full range of routes into and through higher education and to minimise the barriers they may face when choosing the option that will unlock their potential.

* Support a strategic local infrastructure of universities, colleges and other partners that can cut through competitive barriers, offer an efficient and low-burden route for schools and colleges to engage, and address outreach ‘cold spots’ for underrepresented groups.

* Contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthen evaluation practice across the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling into the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: Activities specifically focused on teachers, college and school staff to equip them with the information and understanding they need to support learners’ journey into higher education.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

Section:
II.2.4
Previous text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex, although it is also known as the Essex Collaborative Outreach Network (ECON).

As it stands, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13.

Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. However, the Office for Students may decide to expand the targeted age groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

The programme started in January 2017 and aims to support the government’s goals to:

• reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups

• support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education

• support effective and impactful local collaboration by higher education providers working together with schools,colleges, employers and other partners

• contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthenevaluation practice in the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling in to the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: This covers a wide range of resources and activities designed to grow an individual’s awareness of HE in general, as well as provide assistance in making informed decisions.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

New text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current Uni Connect Partnership, formerly known as the National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex,

As it stands, the Uni Connect Programme brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13 and to adult learners who are aged 19 and above. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. There may also be opportunities to deliver activity to students in year 7 and 8 through the Outreach Hub. However, the Office for Students may decide to further expand the targeted groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

Phase three of Uni Connect aims to:

* Contribute to reducing the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups.

* Equip young and adult learners from underrepresented groups to make an informed choice about their options in relation to the full range of routes into and through higher education and to minimise the barriers they may face when choosing the option that will unlock their potential.

* Support a strategic local infrastructure of universities, colleges and other partners that can cut through competitive barriers, offer an efficient and low-burden route for schools and colleges to engage, and address outreach ‘cold spots’ for underrepresented groups.

* Contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthen evaluation practice across the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling into the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: This covers a wide range of resources and activities designed to grow an individual’s awareness of HE in general, as well as provide assistance in making informed decisions.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

Section:
II.2.4
Previous text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex, although it is also known as the Essex Collaborative Outreach Network (ECON).

As it stands, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. However, the Office for Students may decide to expand the targeted age groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

The programme started in January 2017 and aims to support the government’s goals to:

• reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups

• support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education

• support effective and impactful local collaboration by higher education providers working together with schools,colleges, employers and other partners

• contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthenevaluation practice in the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling in to the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: Activities undertaken which are focused on the wider community and influencers. Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

New text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current Uni Connect Partnership, formerly known as the National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex,

As it stands, the Uni Connect Programme brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13 and to adult learners who are aged 19 and above. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. There may also be opportunities to deliver activity to students in year 7 and 8 through the Outreach Hub. However, the Office for Students may decide to further expand the targeted groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

Phase three of Uni Connect aims to:

* Contribute to reducing the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups.

* Equip young and adult learners from underrepresented groups to make an informed choice about their options in relation to the full range of routes into and through higher education and to minimise the barriers they may face when choosing the option that will unlock their potential.

* Support a strategic local infrastructure of universities, colleges and other partners that can cut through competitive barriers, offer an efficient and low-burden route for schools and colleges to engage, and address outreach ‘cold spots’ for underrepresented groups.

* Contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthen evaluation practice across the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling into the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: Activities undertaken which are focused on the wider community and influencers.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

Section:
II.2.4
Previous text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex, although it is also known as the Essex Collaborative Outreach Network (ECON).

As it stands, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. However, the Office for Students may decide to expand the targeted age groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

The programme started in January 2017 and aims to support the government’s goals to:

• reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups

• support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education

• support effective and impactful local collaboration by higher education providers working together with schools,colleges, employers and other partners

• contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthenevaluation practice in the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling in to the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: Activities specifically or predominantly focused on the parents or carers of target learners.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

New text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current Uni Connect Partnership, formerly known as the National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex,

As it stands, the Uni Connect Programme brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13 and to adult learners who are aged 19 and above. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. There may also be opportunities to deliver activity to students in year 7 and 8 through the Outreach Hub. However, the Office for Students may decide to further expand the targeted groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

Phase three of Uni Connect aims to:

* Contribute to reducing the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups.

* Equip young and adult learners from underrepresented groups to make an informed choice about their options in relation to the full range of routes into and through higher education and to minimise the barriers they may face when choosing the option that will unlock their potential.

* Support a strategic local infrastructure of universities, colleges and other partners that can cut through competitive barriers, offer an efficient and low-burden route for schools and colleges to engage, and address outreach ‘cold spots’ for underrepresented groups.

* Contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthen evaluation practice across the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling into the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: Activities specifically or predominantly focused on the parents or carers of target learners.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

Section:
II.2.4
Previous text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex, although it is also known as the Essex Collaborative Outreach Network (ECON).

As it stands, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. However, the Office for Students may decide to expand the targeted age groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

The programme started in January 2017 and aims to support the government’s goals to:

• reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups

• support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education

• support effective and impactful local collaboration by higher education providers working together with schools,colleges, employers and other partners

• contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthenevaluation practice in the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling in to the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: Overnight experiences providing a fuller experience of university/college life. Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

New text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current Uni Connect Partnership, formerly known as the National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex,

As it stands, the Uni Connect Programme brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13 and to adult learners who are aged 19 and above. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. There may also be opportunities to deliver activity to students in year 7 and 8 through the Outreach Hub. However, the Office for Students may decide to further expand the targeted groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

Phase three of Uni Connect aims to:

* Contribute to reducing the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups.

* Equip young and adult learners from underrepresented groups to make an informed choice about their options in relation to the full range of routes into and through higher education and to minimise the barriers they may face when choosing the option that will unlock their potential.

* Support a strategic local infrastructure of universities, colleges and other partners that can cut through competitive barriers, offer an efficient and low-burden route for schools and colleges to engage, and address outreach ‘cold spots’ for underrepresented groups.

* Contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthen evaluation practice across the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling into the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: Overnight experiences providing a fuller experience of university/college life.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

Section:
II.2.4
Previous text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex, although it is also known as the Essex Collaborative Outreach Network (ECON).

As it stands, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. However, the Office for Students may decide to expand the targeted age groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

The programme started in January 2017 and aims to support the government’s goals to:

• reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups

• support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education

• support effective and impactful local collaboration by higher education providers working together with schools,colleges, employers and other partners

• contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthenevaluation practice in the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling in to the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: Visits to university campuses to provide learners with direct experience, generally limited to one day in duration.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

New text:

Make Happen is a collaborative project which is funded and monitored by Office for Students (OfS), with the funding held at the University of Essex, as the lead institution. Make Happen is the working name of the current Uni Connect Partnership, formerly known as the National Collaborative Outreach Programme partnership for Essex,

As it stands, the Uni Connect Programme brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13 and to adult learners who are aged 19 and above. Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. There may also be opportunities to deliver activity to students in year 7 and 8 through the Outreach Hub. However, the Office for Students may decide to further expand the targeted groups, within all the sub categories, during the life of the Quasi-DPS.

Make Happen is looking for educational providers/suppliers who can support us with meeting the government’s aims.

Phase three of Uni Connect aims to:

* Contribute to reducing the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups.

* Equip young and adult learners from underrepresented groups to make an informed choice about their options in relation to the full range of routes into and through higher education and to minimise the barriers they may face when choosing the option that will unlock their potential.

* Support a strategic local infrastructure of universities, colleges and other partners that can cut through competitive barriers, offer an efficient and low-burden route for schools and colleges to engage, and address outreach ‘cold spots’ for underrepresented groups.

* Contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthen evaluation practice across the sector.

All activity needs to work towards these aims whilst at the same time falling into the Office for Students subcategories.

The definition of this lot is: Visits to university campuses to provide learners with direct experience, generally limited to one day in duration.

Potential bidders can request to participate by completing a qualification questionnaire to demonstrate how they meet the stated minimum selection criteria and their ability to fulfil the objectives of the relevant OfS subcategories. The University will use this information to inform a filtering process during any call-off procedure.

If a bidder scores a FAIL mark on any of the PASS/FAIL questions the bid may be rejected.

Providing that a potential bidder on the approved provider list has been identified as eligible for a particular calloff contract via the Quasi-DPS filtering process, and they continue to meet the minimum selection criteria, they will be able to have the opportunity to be awarded call-off contracts with specific schools/FEIs.

Each individual call-off contract will include the detailed service specification and any required service elements relating to such call-off contract. The procurement documentation includes the relevant terms and conditions that will be utilised by the parties for subsequent call-offs under the Quasi-DPS.

Section:
II.1.5
Previous text:

2 900 000.00 GBP

New text:

1 800 000.00 GBP

Deadline Date2022-07-30
Publication Date2021-08-03
CountryUnited Kingdom
Procurement StatusAmended
TypeNot specified
Contract TypeServices
Award CriteriaNot applicable
OrganisationUniversity of Essex
TownColchester
Class Code80000000
Class DescriptionEducation and training services
SourceOffice for Official Publications of the European Communities - Tenders electronic daily (Ted)

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