Start date: Thursday 27 January 2022
Value: £750,000
Company size: SME
The University Of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth Website Development Partner

6 Incomplete applications

6 SME, 0 large

8 Completed applications

8 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Thursday 11 November 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 18 November 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 25 November 2021 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Contracted out service: the off-payroll rules do not apply
Summary of the work
Enhanced navigation and dynamic content
Quality of content and alignment to the University’s 2030 Strategy
Easy interaction, conversation and enquiry – increasing the sense of engagement with our audiences
Transition of website dependencies to a new student records system, focusing on an accurate, single source for course information
Latest start date
Monday 10 January 2022
Expected contract length
3 year
South West England
Organisation the work is for
The University Of Plymouth
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
This team will supplement the University development staff to enable an increase in velocity for this fast-paced project.
What the specialist will work on
The University of Plymouth is seeking a supplier to work with us on a three-year project to enhance the University website. The University has some in-house development expertise and is looking to supplement that with external resource from a partner. Our requirement is to establish an Agile development team for successive two-week sprints with developers experienced in Ruby on Rails. This team will supplement the University development staff to enable an increase in velocity for this fast-paced project. It is essential that suppliers have the capacity to mobilize for the commence the project on Monday 10 January 2022.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The University of Plymouth
Working arrangements
We anticipate the level of resourcing required to average at 2-3 developers for the duration of the project. Team size could either be constant for the full duration of the project, or scaled to increase capacity over a period of time. There is a preference for sprints to be conducted on site in Plymouth, but we are open to supporting remote working.
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
The University's Terms and Conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Have extensive experience of Ruby on Rails
  • Experience of working to agile methodology
  • Capacity to meet the start date and continuous two week sprints.
  • Be able to evidence working within a fixed budget
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Evidence maximizing the deliverables and outputs from Project Budget
  • Working to a fixed budget as per above criteria

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work well with the University and others
  • Share Knowledge and experiance with other team members
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there an Incumbent?
Yes there is but we can not name them as they may wish to re tender.
2. Apart from Ruby on Rails is there any other set of technologies you are expecting developer to be proficient on?
The nature of our project means the following list of preferred proficiencies and technologies is not exhaustive, and is subject to change.

Ruby on Rails is a key requirement alongside obvious capabilities in HTML, CSS and Javascript to meet accessibility requirements, across our front end and back end, on a wide range of devices and browsers.

Other desired proficiencies would include: Elasticsearch, APIs, server-side technologies, MySQL databases and data formats such as JSON, XML and CSV.