Future opportunity

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) Supplies and Services

  • Student Loans Company

F01: Prior information notice (prior information only)

Notice reference: 2022/S 000-003278

Published 4 February 2022, 2:15pm

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

Student Loans Company

Memphis Building, Lingfield Point, McMullen Road




Rhod Stone




+44 1413062000


United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKC13 - Darlington

Internet address(es)

Main address


one.3) Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at


one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

one.5) Main activity

Other activity

Processing of Student Finance

Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) Supplies and Services

Reference number


two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 30200000 - Computer equipment and supplies

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

SLC is seeking to establish a framework agreement with suppliers to deliver the following: assessment of study needs, assistive technology (AT), assistive technology (AT) training, and the associated support services. English and Welsh domiciled DSA customers are in scope, with services extending nationwide.

To access DSA support, customers will have a needs assessment appointment with a specialist for a discussion - catered to their individual circumstances - about the best type of support available to them.

Assistive technology (AT) supply includes computers and software in addition to a range of other equipment such as ergonomic furniture, computer peripherals (printers and scanners), voice recorders, and other specialist items such as braille readers. AT training and ongoing support are services that will be made available to all DSA customers.

two.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £400,000,000

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: Yes

Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: 2

two.2) Description

two.2.1) Title

Lot No

Geographic Lots

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 30213100 - Portable computers
  • 30237000 - Parts, accessories and supplies for computers
  • 50300000 - Repair, maintenance and associated services related to personal computers, office equipment, telecommunications and audio-visual equipment
  • 39000000 - Furniture (incl. office furniture), furnishings, domestic appliances (excl. lighting) and cleaning products
    • CA69 - Ergonomic
  • 48000000 - Software package and information systems
  • 30213000 - Personal computers
  • 80510000 - Specialist training services
    • RC05 - In information technology
  • 80533000 - Computer-user familiarisation and training services
  • 85140000 - Miscellaneous health services

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UK - United Kingdom
Main site or place of performance


two.2.4) Description of the procurement

SLC is seeking to establish a framework agreement with suppliers to deliver the following:

Needs Assessments – a one-to-one appointment with a specialist to determine the customers’ specific needs and create their recommended support package.

Assistive Technology (AT) – the supply, delivery and set-up of specialist equipment, for example, a computer, disability-related software and / or ergonomic furniture. Suppliers will select AT items from an approved catalogue maintained by SLC.

Assistive Technology (AT) Training – training on how to use any equipment and/or software that has been recommended.

Support Services – a helpdesk to answer queries and provide information and guidance. Where repairs are necessary, process insurance and warranty claims and provide loan equipment when required. Support services also include processing any upgrades and review of needs requested.

two.2.14) Additional information

DSA is a non-income assessed grant and is available to eligible higher education customers in full time, part-time, post-graduate and distance learning courses who have a disability as defined under the Equality Act 2010.

SLC is a non-profit making government-owned organisation that administers loans and grants to our customers in colleges and universities in the UK.

two.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice

25 March 2022

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

Section six. Complementary information

six.3) Additional information

This is a prior information notice (PIN) only: Publication and a call for competition will be conducted once the procurement documentation is fully defined and approved.

The estimated value of the procurement over a five year term is: 300,000,000 - 400,000,000 GBP excluding VAT.


A supplier day event will be held on 23 Feb at 11.00am.

All communications regarding the event will be via Delta e.Sourcing and must state the correct reference number for the procurement (2021-TR-0056).

The event will take place in a virtual MS Teams environment. There are no restrictions on numbers attending the event. To register your interest in attending the event, please complete the attached form and submit it via the Delta e.Sourcing Message Centre. When you register your interest, you will have the choice to receive communications for the event in Welsh.

Please note, this is an open event and attendance is not essential for parties interested in submitting a bid. The event is not a forum to raise objections but will allow interested parties to learn more about the procurement. Registering for and attending the supplier day does not constitute an invitation to tender.

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GO Reference: GO-202224-PRO-19595243