Business and community services
Universities and colleges are embedded in the economy and communities of the UK. These pages provides information about the nature and volume of interactions that HE providers have with businesses and wider communities.
This table shows the number and value of contracts that HE providers have with companies to deliver consultancy, research, or facilities and equipment related services. Use the ‘Type of service’ drop-down to select which data to view. You can access the whole data set by selecting ‘Download source data’.
The tables on this page include data about HE providers' engagements with non-academic businesses and organisations. We categorise these organisations into the following groups:
- Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) includes enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million. SMEs include micro, small and medium enterprises and sole traders.
- Other (non-SME) commercial businesses includes other commercial businesses which do not match the above definition of SMEs.
- Non-commercial organisations includes organisations from which shareholders or trustees do not benefit financially.
HE providers offer courses to upskill and develop workforces and to enhance the employability and professional skills of individuals. This table records income from these courses, as well as the number of learner days delivered.
This table shows the value of contributions to publicly funded research from collaboration with non-academic organisations. The value of these collaborations can be in cash or ‘in kind’ (for example staff time, use of equipment, provision of data, etc.). Use the drop-down to filter by source of public funding.
Collaborative Income is returned for research projects which have public sponsorship (grant in aid from a government or public body) to support research performed in collaboration with at least one other non-academic organisation (collaborator). Collaborative research with other HE providers is not included. 'Collaborative research' must involve:
- Grant-in-aid from at least one public body, and
- A material contribution (which may be cash or 'in-kind' if specified in the collaborative agreement and auditable) from at least one external non-academic collaborator.
The term 'non-academic organisation (collaborator)' should be understood to refer to charities, public and not-for-profit organisations as well as commercial business.
The following sources of public funding are included:
- BEIS research councils includes all research income from the research councils sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, The Royal Society, British Academy and The Royal Society of Edinburgh. These are:
- AHRC - Arts and Humanities Research Council
- BBSRC - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
- EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
- ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council
- MRC - Medical Research Council
- NERC - Natural Environment Research Council
- STFC - Science and Technology Facilities Council plus other income from The Royal Society, British Academy and The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
- Other UK Government departments includes income from other UK government departments and includes income from Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).
- EU Government includes all research income from all government bodies operating in the EU, which includes the European Commission but excludes bodies in the UK.
- Other includes charities, public and not-for-profit organisations as well as commercial businesses.
HE Provider Data: Business and Community Interaction pages
- Business and community services
- Social, community and cultural engagement
- Intellectual property, start-ups and spin-offs
- Regeneration and development
- Strategies, approaches and infrastructures
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