National Survey of Academics

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See also 'Deepening Partnerships' summary report and 'Knowledge Exchange in UK Universities' report.

A new survey of over 18,000 academics in the UK shows that the majority of academic researchers are committed to helping the British economy grow by engaging with business. UK academics agree or strongly agree that higher education has a key role in UK competitiveness, 30% actively work with private companies, and although basic research is vital, the bulk is user-inspired or applied.

The survey, the biggest of its kind, also showed that over half of the academics said working with outside partners influenced the way they shaped their teaching and almost a third that it increased the employability of their students.

pdf The Changing State of Knowledge Exchange (5.10 MB)



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A Summary of ‘The Changing State of Knowledge Exchange:UK Academic Interactions with External Organisations 2005 -2015’ by Hughes, A., Lawson, C., Salter, A., Kitson, M. with Bullock, A. and R. Hughes. London: NCUB

Written By David Docherty

pdf Deepening Partnerships (987 KB)



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This report draws upon a unique panel dataset to understand the extent, nature and persistence of academic engagement with external organisations in the UK.

pdf Knowledge Exchange in UK Universities (1.44 MB)



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Fuelling the Knowledge Economy I

In 2015, the National Centre convened a group of public stakeholders to fund a survey that would canvass all UK academics about how and why they engage with the business, public, and third sectors. The survey reached out to 130,000 academics between March and October in 2015, and achieved over 18,000 responses. This briefing summarises the extent of and motivations for external engagement across academics in the UK. Click here to download the full briefing.

pdf Fuelling the Knowledge Economy I (476 KB)



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Knowledge Exchange and Research Council Institutes 

This report provides an analysis of the external engagement activities of research sta at UK Research Councilinstitutes.

The analysis is based on the responses of a large representative sample of over 600 institute research staff, comprising around 20% of the full institute research sta population. These individuals completed a web-based survey which was sent to all eligible institute sta of the 35 institutes between January and March 2016.




pdf NCUB Survey of Academics Report 4 (4.45 MB)

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