Bringing Universities, Businesses and the Community Together

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As a knowledge broker LEXXER aims to bridge the gap between these three sectors, in a range of imaginative, innovative and immediate initiatives. Our Vision is

Our Universities becoming the ‘ship yards of the future’ making Northern Ireland once more a world leader in research, innovation, design, manufacture and marketing.

The following report shows the real potential in terms of commercialization of research and other academic skills. The knowledge these local institutions hold, and produce each year is the greatest unrealized asset we have. LEXXER acts as a broker in the commercial exchange of knowledge and aims to produce results for local Higher Education Institutions through, spin off companies and development of  products and processes which will sell; income generating research contracts and collaborations as well as mutually beneficial partnerships between academics, the business and third sectors.

Results of the 2013/14 HE Business and Community Interaction Survey

The HE Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) Survey is completed by all publicly funded UK Higher Education Providers (HEPs) and the results show the extent to which HEPs are embedded in the economy and communities of the UK. The HE-BCI publication, released by HESA today, displays the full survey results for every UK HEI. This release provides the headline results for the UK and for each devolved administration.

The survey results show the number of new and on-going spin-off companies associated with UK HEPs. 130 spin-offs were started with some HEP ownership in 2013/14 and over 4,600 graduate start-up companies were formed. For the first time in 2013/14 the HE-BCI survey collected data on Social enterprises, of which there were 229 identified as active, and 169 newly formed in the survey year. This is likely to be an under-count of the true figure since this data has not been collected by HEPs before now. In 2013/14 active spin-off companies employed over 36,000 people (FTE).

Number of new spin-off companies 2012/13 and 2013/14
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 130 130
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 24 17
Staff start-ups 64 68
Graduate start-ups 3,441 4,603
Social enterprises 14 169
Total 3,673 4,987
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14. See Annex below for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures

 

Total number of active firms 2012/13 and 2013/14
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 1,121 1,081
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 209 174
Staff start-ups 431 464
Graduate start-ups 8,163 9,963
Social enterprises 19 229
Total 9,943 11,911
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14. See Annex below for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures

 

Estimated current employment of all active firms 2012/13 and 2013/14 (FTE)
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 10,886 11,358
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 10,769 4,294
Staff start-ups 1,600 1,617
Graduate start-ups 15,457 18,560
Social enterprises 159 388
Total 38,871 36,217
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14. See Annex below for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures

Income from business and community interactions

The HE-BCI survey covers various types of interaction with businesses and communities. The results include the income earned by HEPs from activities such as contract research, consultancy, hire of facilities and intellectual property.

The table below shows the income earned by HEPs from business and community sources in 2013/14 and 2013/14:

Business and community income sources of UK HEPs 2012/13 and 2013/14 (£ thousands)
Source 2012/13 2013/14
Collaborative research involving public funding 963,027 1,143,879
Contract research 1,137,900 1,193,255
Consultancy contracts 408,155 441,858
Facilities and equipment related services 143,004 162,926
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Continuing Education courses 653,401 679,076
Regeneration and development programmes 172,171 180,606
Intellectual Property (including sale of shares in spin-offs) 86,649 131,117
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14. See Annex below for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures

HE-BCI Publication

HE Business and Community Interaction Survey 2013/14 contains the full results of the 2013/14 survey for every HE provider. The publication includes the qualitative responses from Part A of the survey, as well as quantitative data from Part B (from which the above tables are drawn). HE Business and Community Interaction Survey 2013/14 is available to purchase now from www.hesa.ac.uk/pubs/hebci.

The annual analysis of the HE-BCI data by HEFCE will be published later in the year.

HESA data is collected from all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions (HEPs) in the UK, plus the University of Buckingham, which is a privately funded institution, but excluding The University of Wales (central functions). The 2013/14 HE-BCI data covers 161 HEPs (130 in England, 9 in Wales, 18 in Scotland and 4 in Northern Ireland).

The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (HE-BCI) is the main vehicle for measuring the volume and direction of interactions between UK higher education providers (HEPs) and business and the wider community. The survey collects information on the infrastructure, capacity and strategy of HEPs, and also numeric and financial data regarding third stream activity (that is, activities concerned with the generation, use, application and exploitation of knowledge and other university capabilities outside academic environments, and distinct from core activities of teaching and research).

 Equivalent tables for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland HEPs – Number of new spin-off companies 2012/13 and 2013/14
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 8 6
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 0 0
Staff start-ups 0 0
Graduate start-ups 0 2
Social enterprises 0 0
Total 8 8
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

 

Northern Ireland HEPs – Total number of active firms 2012/13 and 2013/14
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 50 51
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 10 11
Staff start-ups 0 0
Graduate start-ups 0 2
Social enterprises 0 0
Total 60 64
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

 

Northern Ireland HEPs – Estimated current employment of all active firms 2012/13 and 2013/14 (FTE)
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 1,147 997
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 367 776
Staff start-ups 0 0
Graduate start-ups 0 5
Social enterprises 0 0
Total 1,514 1,778
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

 

Business and community income sources of Northern Ireland HEPs 2012/13 and 2013/14 (£ thousands)
Source 2012/13 2013/14
Collaborative research involving public funding 30,082 29,696
Contract research 19,682 19,660
Consultancy contracts 8,030 9,097
Facilities and equipment related services 6,012 6,000
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Continuing Education courses 5,019 5,436
Regeneration and development programmes 15,554 12,021
Intellectual Property (including sale of shares in spin-offs) 8,019 10,994
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

England

England HEPs – Number of new spin-off companies 2012/13 and 2013/14
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 89 90
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 16 17
Staff start-ups 38 48
Graduate start-ups 3,061 4,084
Social enterprises 14 160
Total 3,218 4,399
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

 

England HEPs – Total number of active firms 2012/13 and 2013/14
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 762 768
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 114 98
Staff start-ups 317 337
Graduate start-ups 6,859 8,532
Social enterprises 19 215
Total 8,071 9,950
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

 

England HEPs – Estimated current employment of all active firms 2012/13 and 2013/14 (FTE)
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 7,605 8,052
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 7,547 1,290
Staff start-ups 892 994
Graduate start-ups 13,109 16,073
Social enterprises 159 375
Total 29,312 26,784
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

 

Business and community income sources of England HEPs 2012/13 and 2013/14 (£ thousands)
Source 2012/13 2013/14
Collaborative research involving public funding 717,906 881,464
Contract research 981,560 1,042,797
Consultancy contracts 325,587 358,722
Facilities and equipment related services 122,128 141,260
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Continuing Education courses 551,788 576,246
Regeneration and development programmes 103,740 114,590
Intellectual Property (including sale of shares in spin-offs) 70,271 112,210
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

Wales

Wales HEPs – Number of new spin-off companies 2012/13 and 2013/14
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 13 21
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 2 0
Staff start-ups 6 11
Graduate start-ups 240 336
Social enterprises 0 5
Total 261 373
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

 

Wales HEPs – Total number of active firms 2012/13 and 2013/14
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 90 102
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 49 33
Staff start-ups 60 70
Graduate start-ups 873 996
Social enterprises 0 8
Total 1,072 1,209
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

 

Wales HEPs – Estimated current employment of all active firms 2012/13 and 2013/14 (FTE)
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 459 501
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 293 238
Staff start-ups 442 364
Graduate start-ups 1,618 1,653
Social enterprises 0 6
Total 2,812 2,762
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

2,029

Business and community income sources of Wales HEPs 2012/13 and 2013/14 (£ thousands)
Source 2012/13 2013/14
Collaborative research involving public funding 70,006 83,135
Contract research 27,501 26,731
Consultancy contracts 16,394 14,968
Facilities and equipment related services 1,359 1,001
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Continuing Education courses 29,797 29,566
Regeneration and development programmes 41,193 44,290
Intellectual Property (including sale of shares in spin-offs) 2,029 1,208
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

Scotland

Scotland HEPs – Number of new spin-off companies 2012/13 and 2013/14
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 20 13
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 6 0
Staff start-ups 20 9
Graduate start-ups 140 181
Social enterprises 0 4
Total 186 207
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

 

Scotland HEPs – Total number of active firms 2012/13 and 2013/14
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 219 160
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 36 32
Staff start-ups 54 57
Graduate start-ups 431 433
Social enterprises 0 6
Total 740 688
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

 

Scotland HEPs – Estimated current employment of all active firms 2012/13 and 2013/14 (FTE)
Type 2012/13 2013/14
Spin-offs with some HEP ownership 1,675 1,808
Formal spin-offs, not HEP owned 2,562 1,990
Staff start-ups 266 259
Graduate start-ups 730 829
Social enterprises 0 7
Total 5,233 4,893
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14

 

Business and community income sources of Scotland HEPs 2012/13 and 2013/14 (£ thousands)
Source 2012/13 2013/14
Collaborative research involving public funding 145,033 149,584
Contract research 109,157 104,067
Consultancy contracts 58,144 59,071
Facilities and equipment related services 13,505 14,665
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Continuing Education courses 66,797 67,828
Regeneration and development programmes 11,684 9,705
Intellectual Property (including sale of shares in spin-offs) 6,330 6,705
Source: HE-BCI Survey 2013/14