MMU initially invited MainStreet to undertake an options appraisal on how best to procure a technical supplier to its Student Journey Transformation programme. We supported the University to identify the most appropriate ways of commissioning that long-term support, recognising MMU’s desire to move quickly.
We were subsequently engaged by the University to run the near six-month procurement exercise: covering a range of activity including programme planning, supplier due diligence, pre-tender market engagement, documentation development, assessment design and pre-contract debriefing. MMU appointed a partner to the programme in late 2017.
“MainStreet were a key procurement partner for our student journey transformation programme. Their guidance, support and true partnership approach proved invaluable before during and after the key procurement processes.”
Programme Director Student Journey Transformation Programme
Manchester Metropolitan University
MainStreet is supporting the University of the Arts London (UAL) with its procurement and implementation of new Student Information Systems. Our work to date has been to deliver a detailed 9-month plan, begin drafting the relevant documentation (PQQ, ITPD, ISFT), and to design and lead briefings on the Competitive Dialogue process for key stakeholders. We led the dialogue sessions in summer 2016 with senior academic and administrative staff and helped the University evaluate suppliers before appointment in late 2016. We are now supporting mobilisation and implementation efforts through to mid 2017.
“We enjoyed working with the MainStreet team. Their experience, expertise and advice really helped us make an informed decision on replacement of our records system. And they were great to work with: reassuring, flexible and good fun throughout.”
As part of a wider technology refresh at the University, MainStreet led the development of a business case and subsequent Competitive Dialogue procurement of £5m of new Student Information Systems. Lead director David Welsh worked with over 60 senior academics, technical and support staff on the full procurement lifecycle.
The University appointed a preferred supplier at the end of the process and has subsequently undertaken a technical discovery stage and begun the phased implementation of a range of software modules designed to deliver a ‘recruitment to alumni relations’ solution for the institution. The programme remains on plan to deliver by the end of the 2018 academic year.
“This was a terrific procurement exercise: very well-planned and managed, built on robust analysis and communicated across many stakeholders at the University. It was also a pleasure working with David and his team: they were personable, unflappable and good fun throughout. I would happily work with them again.”
Core Systems Refresh Director
University of Hull