Call for abstracts – “Research uses of HEBCI survey data and future development of the HEBCI”

Research uses of HEBCI survey data and future development of the HEBCI

16 September 2022, 10 am – 4 pm (TBC)

A one-day workshop is being organized by Dr Federica Rossi (Birkbeck Department of Management) and Dr Abhijit Sengupta (Surrey Business School) in partnership with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) focussing on the well-known HE Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) data set, its ongoing HESA led review and future plans.

The HE-BCI dataset is a valuable resource for policy makers, university managers and researchers understanding the innovation and knowledge exchange (KE) ecosystem and its role within the HE sector. Over the last two decades, it has proved to be immensely resourceful for all its stakeholders and has become a crucial input to KE funding distribution, policy interventions and research outputs.

However, in the era of ubiquitous big open datasets and powerful computational and visualization techniques, it is time to take a new look into the HE-BCI data to explore new features, new uses, and new ways of presentation. HESA is in the process of carrying out a full review of HE-BCI and would like to get views of academic researchers who have used this data in the past, and plan to continue using it in the future.

In light of increasing dependencies on the HE-BCI dataset and an evolving KE policy landscape there is an emerging need to review the collections features, uses and onward capabilities. HESA is welcoming academics, researchers, and users of the data outputs to share their experiences of using its data and their future plans for research and exploratory work.

This workshop is aimed to showcase the current use of this dataset in research and discuss additional features that may be of interest to researchers in future. It will feature a set of presentations showcasing research use of the HE-BCI dataset, as well as the researchers’ views on what additional features they would find valuable in their own research.  This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring academic researchers, practitioners, and representatives from HESA.

We would like to invite interested researchers to submit a short (max 500 word) abstract for a potential 20-minute presentation. Key dates and other relevant details are provided below.

Deadline for submission: 7th July 2022

Notification: 15th July 2022

Workshop date: 16th September 2022

Location:  Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), Society Building, Regents Wharf, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL.

Please send your abstract to: Dr Federica Rossi –