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UK SBS PS16240 Islamic Finance Advice to support development of Alternative Student Finance

UK SHARED BUSINESS SERVICES LIMITED | Published February 21, 2017  -  Deadline March 7, 2017

**THE CLOSING DATE FOR THIS TENDER IS 07th MARCH 2017, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY DIRECT TO THE BUYER** The Department for Education (DFE) is running an open tender for experts in Islamic Finance to support the design and delivery of Alternative Student Finance (ASF). DfE are responsible for ASF policy development and the legislation required to enable its provision. DfE will delegate the functions required to deliver ASF, as it does for the current student loans system. There is a concern that the system outlined above could deter some prospective students who feel unable to use interest-bearing loans for religious reasons, particularly some Muslim students, from participation in higher and some further education. To ensure participation and choice are open to all the Government is currently legislating, subject to Parliament, in order to be able to offer an alternative model of student finance. The concept of alternative student finance was widely supported during public consultation in 2014 ( In May 2016 the Higher Education and Research Bill was introduced, and it is currently before Parliament. It seeks to amend the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998 to provide the Secretary of State with the power, for the first time, to offer "alternative payments" alongside her existing powers to offer grants and loans. There is significant work to be done on the design and implementation of the alternative student finance model in order to be able to launch it for students. The consultants we are seeking will be required to provide verbal and written advice, recommendations and validation of output to ensure that ASF, based on the Takaful model, meets the criteria set out in this document and can be delivered in good time. The consultant(s) will need to be able to: •	work with policy makers in DfE and operational delivery experts in partner organisations to find solutions to the challenges of delivering ASF •	provide oral and written advice and recommendations on design and delivery •	be available to troubleshoot when problems materialise and provide options for resolution where applicable •	travel to, attend and partake in workshops and meetings in London, Glasgow, Darlington and elsewhere , and participate in telephone conferences •	build support in the Muslim community and lead work to secure appropriate acceptance and approval •	provide verbal and written comments having reviewed proposed documentation (such as text on GOV.UK, letters regarding ASF, contract etc.)

UK SBS PS17033 UKRI Executive Search for the Chief Finance Officer (CFO)

UK SHARED BUSINESS SERVICES LIMITED | Published February 20, 2017  -  Deadline February 28, 2017

**Please do not submit bids directly to the Buyer** UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is a new research and innovation body which will be set up to strengthen the strategic approach to future challenges and maximise value from government's investment of over £6bn per annum in research and innovation. It will deliver a strengthened, unified voice for the UK's research and innovation funding system, facilitating the dialogue with government and partners on the global stage. It will build on the UK's world class research and innovation performance enabling the system to respond rapidly and effectively to current and future challenges. Delivering these benefits requires strong and empowered leadership within UKRI. The creation of UKRI will retain the key characteristics of the current system that have underpinned the UK's success, such as discipline leadership and autonomy, and dual funding. UKRI will provide strategic oversight of the functions of the seven Research Councils , Innovate UK, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England's (HEFCE) research and knowledge exchange funding functions (to be known as Research England). The UKRI Chief Finance Officer will be integral in ensuring the success of this new organisation. Membership of the UKRI Board is a key issue for stakeholders during the passage of the Higher Education and Research Bill, and will be critical to ensuring the success of UKRI. The UKRI Board will consist of the Chairman, UKRI Chief Executive Officer, UKRI Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and 12 Non-Executive Directors. This campaign is specifically for the recruitment of the UKRI Chief Finance Officer. Government are interested in candidates from the national and international field with the appropriate corporate governance skills and include high-quality scientific leaders familiar with the academic, philanthropic and business research communities. The appointed search and recruitment firm will be required to deliver search requirements for the Chief Financial Officer (CFO)vacancy in order for the successful applicant to be appointed no later than May/ June 2017. This post is not currently regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA). However, the campaign process will still aim to follow the best practice according to those appointment principles. The job specification contains aspects which would usually be associated with a Chief Operating Officer (COO) role. The successful head hunters will need to identify candidates that can undertake the combined typical CFO and COO roles as fully described within the job specification as well as individuals that would only be suitable to undertake those roles typically associated with a CFO.
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