Higher education-business and community interaction survey (HE-BCI)
The annual HE-BCI survey examines the exchange of knowledge between universities and the wider world, and informs the strategic direction of 'third stream' activity that funding bodies and higher education institutions (HEIs) in the UK undertake.
About the survey
The surveys collect financial and output data per academic year. Results are summarised in the annual survey reports which provide information on a range of activities, from the commercialisation of new knowledge, through the delivery of professional training, consultancy and services, to activities intended to have direct social benefits.
These data provide invaluable intelligence for knowledge exchange practitioners and policy makers. The reports also provide an annual in-depth commentary on the extent of and trends in knowledge exchange activity in the UK.
The process is overseen by the HE-BCI Stakeholders group representing the wide spectrum of interested and involved bodies.
The first survey published in 2001 provided data on academic year 1999-2000. The eighth survey for academic year 2007-08 was published this year.
Data reported under 'capacity' and 'infrastructure' are a snapshot of the position at a set date (for 2007-08, 29 January 2009).
The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has now taken over the annual process of data collection for the survey. This will be collected as part of the Finance Statistics Return (FSR), the main source of financial information on the total activities of all UK HEIs. Returns should be submitted to HESA by 23 December each year.
The eighth survey highlighted that UK HEIs received £2.81 billion from business and community interaction in 2007-08. This is a 6.5 per cent rise from the last survey (for 2006-07).
Table of UK key data from the survey
|Indicators from the HE-BCI survey (all UK)||Academic year|
|Income from UK HEIs/ £M (real terms)||2000-01||2001-02||2002-03||2003-04||2004-05||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08||2008-09|
|Continuing professional development||n/a||n/a||n/a||326||408||425||498||537||n/a|
|Intellectual property income (non-software + software licences)||n/a||n/a||30||34||39||44||41||45||n/a|
|Total intellectual property income (including sale of shares)||n/a||n/a||42||42||61||61||60||66||n/a|
|Outputs from UK HEIs||2000-01||2001-02||2002-03||2003-04||2004-05||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08||2008-09|
|Formal spin-offs established||n/a||n/a||n/a||167||148||187||226||219||n/a|
|Formal spin-offs still active after three years||n/a||n/a||n/a||688||661||746||844||923||n/a|
|% UK HEIs that provide:||2000-01||2001-02||2002-03||2003-04||2004-05||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08||2008-09|
|Enquiry point for SMEs||83%||85%||n/a||n/a||89%||90%||91%||91%||93%|
|Short bespoke courses on client's premises||63%||67%||n/a||n/a||78%||80%||84%||83%||88%|
|Distance learning for businesses||53%||52%||n/a||n/a||66%||66%||68%||68%||68%|
|Required contracting system for all consultancy||60%||65%||n/a||n/a||66%||68%||73%||75%||75%|
- HE-BCI survey 2006-07 - (HEFCE 2008/22)
- HE-BCI survey 2004-05 & 2005-06 - (HEFCE 2007/17)
- HE-BCI survey 2003-04 - (HEFCE 2006/25)
- HE-BCI survey 2002-03 - (HEFCE 2005/07)
- HE-BCI survey 2001-02 - (HEFCE 2004/07)
- HE-BCI survey 2000-01 - (HEFCE 2003/11)
- HE-BCI survey 1999-2000 - (HEFCE 01/68)
HEFCE has also liaised with other parties active in the field of third stream metrics and indicators. These include:
- AURIL/UNICO/NUBS (commercialisation survey)
- AUTM, ProTon Europe, ASTP, EC (international)
- Russell Group/SPRU (conceptual framework study)
- CI-HE/Salford University (benchmarking work)
- SFC (knowledge transfer metrics work)
- RCUK, especially AHRC (social, civic and cultural indicators).
For more information contact Adrian Day, tel 0117 931 7428, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated 21 July 2009