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HE Provider Data: Business and Community Interaction – Open data release

The Higher Education - Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey gathers data on UK universities' engagement in the economy and the wider application of their work.

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Data on the number of spin-off and start up companies founded by university staff and graduates show 4,204 newly registered companies in 2018/19. 3,825 of these were graduate start-ups, a drop of 5% on the previous year’s figure. However, the data shows increases in turnover, investment and staffing of existing graduate start-ups.1

1,867 new patents were granted to HE providers over the 2018/19 academic year, an increase of 9% on the previous year. UK HE providers now hold a total portfolio of 22,122 patents of which 8,717 are held overseas.2 Total revenues from intellectual property for the sector stood at £269 million in 2018/19.3

The survey also captures details of public engagement with universities and colleges. In 2018/19 HE providers recorded nearly 7 million attendees at chargeable public lectures, performances, exhibitions, museum education and other events, and over 600 million at free events.4  

Full results of the HE-BCI survey are published as open data on the HESA website.


  1. See Chart 1. Please note that the large increase in FTE of spin-offs with HE provider ownership is largely explained by one provider whose employment figures were affected by mergers and acquisitions within their spin-out portfolio (see Data Intelligence)
  2. See Table 4a
  3. See Table 4d
  4. See Table 5
  5. See Definitions: HE - Business and Community Interaction for full definitions of terms used in the release and explanation of the coverage of statistics.
  6. See Upcoming data releases for a schedule of Official Statistics releases from HESA.
  7. HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.
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