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Higher Education - Business and community

Interaction (HE-BCI) Survey

The Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction (HE BCI) survey is an essential source of information on University knowledge exchange in the UK. ‘Business’ in this context may refer to private, public, and third-sector partners of all sizes. ‘Community’ in this context means society as a whole outside Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), including all social, community and cultural organisations, individuals, and the public, both nationally and internationally.

The survey records information on a wide range of interactions with external partners and the wider world, such as collaborative and contract research, consultancy, continuing professional development, regeneration and development programmes, the exploitation of intellectual property and other activities with a direct societal benefit, such as hosting museums and giving public lectures.

The data is collected and validated by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on behalf of all UK HEIs and the national HE funding bodies.

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