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).

The data is collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and HE-BCI survey results from 2014-15 to 2017-18 are available as open data on the HESA website. Requests for longer time series of data should be directed to HESA.

Commentary and analysis on the trends in knowledge exchange activity in the UK and comparisons with activity internationally were produced by HEFCE up to 2015/-16. The most recent HE-BCI report (produced by HEFCE) may be downloaded here.

Major review 2019-2021

In August 2019 HESA announced a major review of the HE-BCI data collection.

For further information about the HE-BCI review please contact HESA directly.

For further information about how Research England utilises the HE-BCI data please contact