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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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The data show 3,920 new spin-off and start-up companies founded by graduates in 2019/20, a rise of 2% from the 2018/19 figure. These new companies contribute to a total of nearly 14,000 active graduate start-up firms employing an estimated 35,679 people (full-time equivalent).1

2,027 new patents were granted to HE providers in 2019/20, an increase of 9% on the previous year. UK HE providers now hold a total portfolio of 23,613 patents of which 10,123 are held overseas.2 Total revenues from intellectual property for the sector stood at £295 million in 2019/20.3

Other sources of income recorded in the survey include Collaborative research involving public funding which rose by 2% to £1.7 billion and Contract research which rose 6% to £1.4 billion.4

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


  1. See Chart 1
  2. See Table 4a
  3. See Table 4d
  4. See Chart 2
  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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