Higher education-business and community interaction survey

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 tenth survey for academic year 2009-10 was published last year.

Data reported under 'capacity' and 'infrastructure' are a snapshot of the position at a set date (for 2009-10, 31 July 2010).

Process

This is the second year data have been collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) 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. Survey data can now be obtained from HESA.

2009-10 survey

Data collected for academic year 2009-10 show a continuing increase in the overall exchange of knowledge between UK HEIs and the public, private and third sectors. The growth rate – in cash terms – for the UK is around 4 per cent, from £2,966 million in 2008-09 to £3,086 million in 2009-10.

Table of UK key data from the survey

Key indicators from the HE-BCI survey – 2003-04 to 2009-10

Real-terms income from all sources (£M)       
 2003-042004-052005-062006-072007-082008-092009-10
Collaborative research 630 602 661 719 729 747 749
Contract research 671 700 722 841 872 957 983
Consultancy 245 255 268 309 350 338 362
Facilities and equipment-related services 93 86 100 100 108 113 115
Continuing professional development and Continuing Education 343 429 447 522 561 570 580
Regeneration and development programmes 251 236 252 285 249 176 213
Intellectual property (including sale of shares) 44 65 64 63 69 127 84
Outputs from UK HEIs2003-042004-052005-062006-072007-082008-092009-10
Patent applications 1,308 1,648 1,536 1,913 1,898 2,097 2,012
Patents granted 463 711 577 647 590 653 827
Formal spin-offs established 167 148 187 226 219 191 273
Formal spin-offs still active after three years 688 661 746 844 923 982 969
% UK higher education institutions that provide:2003-042004-052005-062006-072007-082008-092009-10
Enquiry point for SMEs n/a 89% 90% 91% 91% 92% 94%
Short bespoke courses on client's premises n/a 78% 80% 84% 83% 84% 87%
Distance learning for businesses n/a 66% 66% 68% 68% 75% 82%
Required contracting system for all consultancy n/a 66% 68% 73% 75% 72% 77%

Source: 2003-04 to 2007-08 HEFCE HE-BCI collection and 2008-09 to 2009-10 HESA Finance Statistical Return collection: HE-BCI

 2003-042004-052005-062006-072007-082008-092009-10
Real terms values calculated using the following GDP inflators applied to monetary values using academic year 2009-10 as base 116% 113% 111% 107% 105% 102% 100%

Source: GDP deflator figures at 28 June 2011

Previous surveys

 

Further information

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 John Halsall, tel 0117 931 7478, e-mail j.halsall@hefce.ac.uk, or Paul Hazell tel 0117 931 7452, e-mail p.hazell@hefce.ac.uk.

 

Page last updated 2 April 2012

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