Milton Keynes Council is seeking a Higher Education partner to lead the establishment of MK:U, a new technology university for Milton Keynes. The Council is inviting national and international Higher Education institutions who would like to be considered as a partner in driving forward this project to propose how they could join us in delivering the vision of a new university for Milton Keynes.
The MK Futures 2050 Commission initiated by the Council identified the potential for Milton Keynes to grow long-term to a population of at least 400 000 people. The creation of a new technology university was considered as a critical project for the city's long-term success.
A number of universities already operate in the city and nearby: The Open University, Cranfield University, The University of Buckingham and The University of Bedfordshire. Milton Keynes College also provides foundation degree level teaching. These all make valued and high quality contributions to the growth and vibrancy of Milton Keynes but the city continues to lack a stand-alone university of its own that operates at the scale and provides the specialist courses necessary to meet its long-term needs. Milton Keynes is one of the largest cities in the UK not to have its own dedicated university and this has an adverse impact on local economic growth and the attractiveness of the city as a destination.
A new university offers the chance to establish a ground breaking new UK higher education facility that will specifically address the employment needs of organisations serving current and new national and international market sector needs.
As a young and rapidly growing city, Milton Keynes is establishing itself as a recognised and globally important technologically ‘Smart City’, where existing flexible and contemporary infrastructure allows a wide range of planning opportunities. Milton Keynes is perfectly placed both geographically and developmentally to create such a new UK institution.
This Procurement aims to appoint a suitable Higher Education Partner to develop the vision and manage a successful delivery of MK:U.
DFID will invest up to 98 000 000 GBP in a new higher education programme with two clear aims: — To improve the quality and relevance, scale and affordability of Higher Education (HE) in DFID focus countries — To improve the performance, governance and influence of HE systems and HE institutions in DFID focus countries. The programme will support new, high value, partnerships, operating at several levels within a single HE institution, or across a number of institutions to address identified issues in the HE system, including preparation of HE systems in low income countries for the future, attracting new types of players and testing new models of delivery at scale. Using partnerships to achieve these ambitious objectives is a new area for DFID, so the delivery model will be tested, reviewed and adjusted throughout the programme with key decision points acting as triggers for adapting, scaling up or closing down the programme. This will enable DFID to test the level and quality of demand from the sector to inform the optimum level of investment; refine incentives and levers to ensure ambitious results-focused partnerships; and create opportunities for continuous monitoring, evaluation and learning to be fed back into the programme.
The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is leading a group of 8 local authorities in the West London Alliance to procure by competitive tender a contract for a Higher Education Institution (HEI) provider to deliver the Step Up to Social Work Programme funded by the Department for Education. The course trains social workers to Postgraduate Diploma level over 14 months; those wishing to obtain a Master's degree must complete the remaining credits within 2 years of their initial enrolment. The syllabus is designed to meet local needs and ensure that councils reap the benefits of a stable workforce as candidates are committed to a 2-year contract with the host authority after they qualify. The contract will run for 2 years from June 2017, with an option to extend for periods of up to 24 months up to a maximum term of 88 months, subject to biennial performance review and funding availability. One (1) member of academic staff will be eligible for TUPE transfer.
The procurement is a competitive tender to select a Higher Education Institution provider to deliver the Step Up to Social Work Programme which is fully funded by the Department for Education (DfE). It will be conducted in accordance with the Open Procedure (Public Contracts Regulations 2015).
The participating host authorities are all members of the West London Alliance (WLA) and include the London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster City Council. Hammersmith and Fulham Council will lead on the procurement and award the contract on behalf of other WLA members which will be for an initial period of 2 years, with an option to extend for periods of up to 24 months to a total of 88 months — subject to satisfactory biennial performance reviews and there being available funding from the DfE.
The Step Up programme trains aspiring social workers to Postgraduate Diploma level over a 14-month course that is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council. Graduates have the option to complete the remaining credits in a further course of studies to obtain a Master's degree in social work.