The HE-BCI survey

About the survey

The Higher Education Business & Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey collects financial and output data related to knowledge exchange each academic year, and has been running since 1999.

The annual survey reports provide information on a range of activities, from business and public or third sector involvement in research, to consultancy and the commercialisation of intellectual property. It also explores other activities intended to have direct societal benefits such as the provision of continuing professional development and continuing education courses, and the provision of, for example, lectures, exhibitions and other cultural activities.

Research England also uses elements of the data to inform the allocation of the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF).

HEFCE has published annual reports on the data, providing valuable intelligence for knowledge exchange practitioners and policy makers. They build on the raw data by providing further commentary and analysis on the trends in knowledge exchange activity in the UK, and draw comparisons with activity internationally.

Research England, as part of its broader knowledge exchange policy remit, will continue to publish annual reports, with the report on the academic year 2016-17 data expected in August 2018.

Explore the data

The data is collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), and for the last few years has been made available as open data:

For further information, please contact kepolicy@re.ukri.org