Workshop “Research uses of HEBCI survey data and future development of the HEBCI”

When: 16 September 2022, 09:30 — 16:30

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Federica Rossi (Birkbeck, University of London), Abhijit Sengupta (University of Surrey), Dan Cook and Hannah Browne (Higher Education Statistics Agency)


The HE-BCI dataset is a valuable resource for policy makers, university managers and researchers wishing to understand 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. 

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 discussion featuring academic researchers, practitioners, and representatives from HESA.


10.00am   Introduction – Dan Cook, Federica Rossi, Abhijit Sengupta

10.15am   Session 1: Universities, students, and regional impacts – Federica Rossi, Birkbeck, University of London (Chair) 

  • Learning from HEBCIS – the past, present and the future – Mabel Sanchez Barrioluengo, Chiara Marzocchi, Fumi Kitagawa, Elvira Uyarra
  • A Review of the Impact of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education using HEBCI Data – Kelly Smith, David Bozward, Matt Rogers-Draycott 
  • Regional Policy and University Entrepreneurship: Revisiting HEBCIS Data from Devolved Regions in the UK – Fumi Kitagawa, Dan Prokop 

11.30am   Break 

11.45am   Session 2: University-business interaction – Abhijit Sengupta, University of Surrey (Chair) 

  • University-business interactions: what happened during the Covid-19 crisis? – Jorge Velez Ospina, Marcos Rodriguez
  • Entry into External Academic Engagement – Cornelia Lawson, Alan Hughes, Ammon Salter, Michael Kitson
  • Minding the communications gap: Are universities sending the strongest signals via the broadest channels when sharing their scientific knowledge externally? – Amol Joshi, Shukhrat Nasirov 

1.00pm     Lunch Break 

2.00pm     Session 3: University entrepreneurship and technological development –  Hannah Browne, HESA (Chair) 

  • Academic entrepreneurship ecosystems and their effects on graduate employment outcomes – Maria Abreu, Vadim Grinevich 
  • Unraveling the effect of research in high-quality academic entrepreneurship. The mediating role of knowledge exchange activities – Belén Usero, Virginia Hernández, Sarah Cooper
  • The Dynamics of University Knowledge Creation in Niche Technologies: A Panel Variance Autoregressive Model – Andrew Johnston, Drew Woodhouse, Peter Well

3.15pm     Break 

3.30pm     Final discussion: The HE-BCI review – Dan Cook, Hannah Browne