HESA has published a project mandate and timeline for a major review of the Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) data collection.
HE-BCI is a key source of data and information about universities’ “third stream” activities, outside of research and teaching. The data collection covers institutional strategy, business and community services, engagement with society, intellectual property, spin-off businesses, and regeneration and development.
Knowledge exchange and engagement activities have grown in scale and significance since the HE-BCI data collection was last reviewed. At the same time UK and regional industrial strategies emphasise the importance of research, innovation and development. The review will seek to identify the data needs of statutory, HE sector, business and community users, and explore the best ways of meeting those needs.
The HE-BCI review was first announced at the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) Annual Conference this year. The project mandate for the review, and an indicative timeline for the project, are published now on the HESA website: