The Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey collects financial and output data related to knowledge exchange each academic year, and has been running since 1999.
The annual survey reports provide information on a range of activities, from business and public or third sector involvement in research, to consultancy and the commercialisation of intellectual property. It also explores other activities intended to have direct societal benefits such as the provision of continuing professional development and continuing education courses, and the provision of, for example, lectures, exhibitions and other cultural activities.
Some of the data in the HE-BCI return is combined with data from elsewhere to determine the University’s HEIF allocation.
In late 2017 it was announced that a new Excellence Framework would be introduced in a similar style to REF and TEF – the Knowledge Exchange Excellence Framework (KEF). It is thought that it will use data from HE-BCI, probably in combination with other measures, but this is still at the consultation stage.