Higher Education Provider Data: Business and Community Interaction 2021/22
Data on universities' engagement in the economy shows upticks in income from research, consultancy and other sources, and a return to free public events.
The HE business and community interaction survey (HE-BCI) showed that HE providers’ income from collaborative research was £1.89billion in 2021/22. This represents a rise of 7% on the previous year.
Following large falls during the pandemic universities also increased their social cultural engagement with their local communities. In 2021/22 HE providers recorded a 91% increase in free performances and exhibitions, reaching nearly 10 million attendees.
New student start-ups increase
The HE-BCI survey also records the contribution of UK universities to the economy in the form of intellectual property and new businesses.
The 2021/22 survey recorded 4,735 new students start-up companies, the highest annual figure in the survey’s history. Active spin off companies, staff and student start-ups and social enterprises had nearly 100,000 full-time equivalent employees.
Universities’ intellectual property raised over £329 million of income in 2021/22 including £86 million from the sale of spin-offs.
Full results of the HE-BCI survey are published as open data on the HESA website. The survey is currently undergoing a major review to ensure that knowledge exchange data in UK higher education meets the needs of researchers and policymakers.
- Most data tables include eight years of data, with older data available through HESA’s publications archive.
- See Definitions: HE - Business and Community Interaction for full definitions of terms used in the release and explanation of the coverage of statistics.
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