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Contract (Services)
15 year
04 Nov 2022
To 12 Sep 2037 (est.)
30 Nov 2022 10:00



Sheffield: Online Services UK and Worldwide The NUTS code does not adequately represent the delivery location as the services are online

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Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK's largest and most diverse universities: a community of more than 32,000 students, 4,000 staff and more than 250,000alumni around the globe. Our mission is simple: we transform lives. We provide people from all backgrounds with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience to succeed at whatever they choose to do. Our teaching, research and partnerships are characterised by a focus on real world impact - addressing the health, economic and social challenges facing society today. The university has an ambitious plan for its taught portfolio, recognising the significant demand for skills development and the opportunity for a truly applied higher education experience. As a part of our strategy the university is seeking to extend its portfolio into the UK and Global online market to capitalise on its growing reputation as a leading applied and entrepreneurial university. The university is seeking a commercial partnership to develop, scale and grow our online portfolio and extend our brand nationally and globally, in an operationally and financially sustainable way. We expect the partnership to be for up to 15 years with a value of up to £85m for the partner. We are looking for an online education partner with a considerable track record of partnering with Higher Education Institutions, who will work with us to develop a new wholly online portfolio of post-graduate courses that reflect our ambition to be the world's leading applied university and ensure we are able to reach prospective students on a UK and global stage. We are not seeking a model whereby the University only validates or accredits the provision - our vision for an online portfolio is founded on the premise that our online students will feel a part of Sheffield Hallam University and will be able to benefit from our teaching, learning and distinctive Hallam Model. We are not however expecting there to be any mandatory attendance on campus as a part of the course delivery; the desired model is a fully online one. The university's current online portfolio (c.22 courses of which 17 are post graduate level) has been developed organically for a Continuing Professional Development(CPD) market, predominantly in the health and education areas. We are not seeking in the first instance to replace any of this existing provision; rather we are looking to develop an additional offer with potential to attract high student numbers from both UK and international markets. As the partnership matures and we build capacity and capability within Sheffield Hallam we will want the flexibility to add to the portfolio and respond with agility to global trends and potential changes to UK market opportunities. Creating a student experience that is authentic to the Sheffield Hallam mission, vision and values lies at the heart of this exciting new development; we believe that getting this right, in an applied learning context, will distinguish our offer from that of others. We want a partner who will be just as invested in student success as we are; who will work with us to create a coherent and consistent experience supported by both organisations. The academic pedagogy and delivery will come from the University but will be informed and shaped by the partner's considerable experience in online education; the prospective student journey and end-to-end student success will be delivered by the partner, working closely with the university. The partner and the university will work closely together to develop systems and processes to support the online offer. By harnessing strength and capability across both organisations, the Online portfolio will become a means to truly transform lives.

Renewal Options

The initial term is 10 years. There is an option to extend the agreement by up to 5 years beyond the initial term,

CPV Codes

  • 80300000 - Higher education services
  • 80420000 - E-learning services
  • 80430000 - Adult-education services at university level


  • Variant bids may be considered.
  • This is a one-off contract (no recurrence)
  • Options are available.
  • Renewals are not available.
  • Professional qualifications are sought.
  • Staff qualifications are relevant.

Other Information

** PREVIEW NOTICE, please check Find a Tender for full details. ** Please be advised there were two additional notices linked to this procurement that FTS would not attach, those being the Contract Notice 2022/S 000-021483 and subsequently the Contract Award Notice 2022/S 000-027416 to advise of the aborted process, to allow for this new negotiated process to be invoked.