The most recent survey of over 18,000 academics in the UK reveals that the majority of academic researchers want to help the British economy grow by engaging with business. Academics in the UK agree or strongly agree that higher education has a key role in the nation’s competitiveness. Nearly a third already actively work with private companies, and most work is applied or user-inspired.
The survey was the biggest of its kind and covered the 10 years between 2005 and 2015. It also showed that over half of the academics said working with outside partners influenced the way they shaped their teaching. Almost a third said that it increased the employability of their students.
The Changing State of Knowledge Exchange was commissioned by the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB). It updated the analysis of the largest ever survey of UK academic engagement with external organisations, which was undertaken by the Centre for Business Research in 2008/9 and which covered the period 2005-2008. This original web-based survey attracted over 22,000 responses and the latest survey has received 18,177 responses - these are the two largest research and knowledge exchange surveys ever completed of a national Higher Education System.