- Published: Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:43
- Written by Web Editor
The National Centre tracks progress in UK university business collaboration using a bespoke tool. It identifies emerging trends through:
- Publicly available data released annually¹,
- 15 metrics across four dimensions: resources for collaboration, knowledge flows between universities and business, partnerships and commercialisation activity,
- Comparison with the five year average,
- Detecting trends for early warnings of changing indicators.
Collaboration Progress Monitor 2017
The Monitor enables users to visualize the trajectory of different elements of collaboration at the same time, exposing trade-offs across elements such as quantity and quality, or number and size of deals. The Monitor is updated yearly after release of the underlying statistics.
HOW TO READ THE MONITOR
The Monitor enables users to track metrics as diverse as income and graduate employment, in a single-page view of university-business collaboration, highlighting the relationship between attributes such as quantity, quality, the number or the size of deals.
• For each indicator, the monitor identifies the current position of that metric in comparison with its own 5/4-year average. A metric is growing if the latest year is higher than average, and falling if the latest value is lower than the average on the chart.
• As some elements appear to perform above their average and others below, it is also clear that no single composite indicator can highlight definitive progress in the diversity of collaboration.
• Clockwise from the top, following the Year 2014 line in the UK monitor: businesses-funded university R&D is growing, foreign funds in universities are growing, graduate employment in innovation-active sectors is falling, share of postgraduates in work is rising.
• Over the two-year period shown, the Monitor provides an early warning for what is happening with university-business collaboration. The average itself is different for each year, but the distance from its own average shows whether a trend is continuing or changing.
For example, if a metric is closer to its own average over the last year, then it is growing slower than in previous years, or decelerating and vice-versa. If the last year value is further away from its own average, this indicator is growing faster than in previous years, or accelerating.
• Along the Year 2015 line, partnerships between SMEs and universities are decelerating (getting closer to the 5-year average), whereas income from licensing is growing at a faster rate, ie moving further away from its average.
TABLE 1: SUMMARY OF DATA ACROSS 16 INDICATORS
|Resource||Industry income for Knowledge Exchange (KE) exc licencing||39.0%||40.3%||39.1%||39.7%||Percent|
|Resource||Business funds in HE||Lagged release||4.1%||4.1%||Percent|
|Resource||Business funds in HE||Lagged release||13.1%||15.3%||Percent|
|Knowledge flows||Academic-Corporate publications||Lagged release||0.010||0.008||Percent|
|Knowledge flows||Academic-Corporate Field Weighted Citation Impact **||Lagged release||2.54||2.76||Weighted Avrg|
|Knowledge flows||Graduate employment in innovative sectors||42.5%||40.3%||42.8%||40.3%||Percent|
|Partnerships||HEI deals with SMEs||62,502||81,706||52,043||67,103||Count|
|Partnerships||HEI deals with SMEs||0.0024||0.0021||0.0028||0.0023||£Mill per deal|
|Partnerships||HEI deals with large business||24,962||24,470||25,312||24,575||Count|
|Partnerships||HEI deals with large business||0.0204||0.0235||0.0192||0.0221||£Mill per deal|
|Partnerships||InnovateUK academic grants||461||637||376||563||Count|
|Partnerships||InnovateUK academic grants||0.226||0.192||0.245||0.155||£mill per grant|
|Commercialisation||Income from licencing||59,326||73,252||54,302||65,615||£000s|
|Commercialisation||Spin-offs active after three years||982||970||985||975||Count|
*5 year average
See the data in XLS format.
DATA SOURCES FOR INDICATORS
- Office for National Statistics (ONS), Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research and Development
- Innovate UK
- Higher education-business and community interaction survey (HE-BCI)
- Elsevier and BIS 'International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base 2013’
- The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE)
NCUB is carrying out further work to broaden and improve measurements of UBC. We welcome your feedback about the Collaboration Monitor and suggestions for new briefings and indicators. Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org