Cambridge Centre for Business Research National Survey of Knowledge Exchange Activity by United Kingdom Academics, 2012-2015

The Cambridge Centre for Business Research National Survey of Knowledge Exchange Activity by United Kingdom Academics, 2012-2015 collected information on how UK academics in all universities and all disciplines interacted with private, public and charitable organisations in the three calendar years (2012, 2013 and 2014) prior to the survey and to establish how these interactions are perceived within academia.

This survey was conducted by a team drawn from the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College Business School and the University of Bath School of Management and it updates the results and analysis of an earlier survey of UK academic engagement with external organisations (held at the UK Data Archive under SN 6462). The original web-based survey attracted over 22,000 responses. The latest survey received 18,177 responses. These are the two largest research and knowledge exchange surveys ever completed of a national Higher Education System.

Further information about the project is available from the National Centre for Universities and Business National: Survey of Academics webpage.

The survey covers the following areas: the disciplinary background and research, teaching and administration activity of individual academics; the location and frequency of their interactions with external organisations in the private, public and third or charitable sectors including commercialisation activities and a wide range of people based problem solving and community based interactions; the motivation for, objectives of and support for their relationships with private, public and charitable sector organisations external to the higher education institution sector; the impact of external relationships on their teaching and research activity; their personal characteristics including disciplinary background, career experience, gender, age seniority and professional background.

academic personnel, age groups, age, applied research, businesses, charitable organizations, commercial innovation, community participation, conferences, curriculum development, educational administration, educational cooperation, educational personnel, employment history, fields of study, financing, gender, higher and further education teaching personnel, higher education institutions, industries, information transfer, knowledge transfer, lectures, museums, networking, patents, private sector, problem solving, public sector, research and development, research workers, research, scientific cooperation, specialization, sport, technology transfer, training organizations, training, voluntary organizations

Cite this dataset as:
Hughes, A., Kitson, M., Lawson, C., Salter, A., Bullock, A., Hughes, R., 2017. Cambridge Centre for Business Research National Survey of Knowledge Exchange Activity by United Kingdom Academics, 2012-2015. UK Data Service. Available from:


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Alan Hughes
Rights Holder
University of Cambridge

Michael Kitson
Rights Holder, Project Leader
University of Cambridge

Cornelia Lawson
Rights Holder, Project Leader
University of Bath

Ammon Salter
Rights Holder, Project Leader
University of Bath

Anna Bullock
Rights Holder, Data Manager
University of Cambridge

Robert Hughes
Rights Holder, Data Collector
University of Cambridge


Isobel Milner

Jessica Burgess

Caroline Druitt

David Haines

Kit Westlake
Data Collector


Collection date(s):

From 1 March 2015 to 1 September 2015

Temporal coverage:

From 2012 to 2015

Geographical coverage:

United Kingdom


Data collection method:

Time dimension: Cross-sectional (one-time) study. Sampling procedure: No sampling (total universe). Mode of data collection: Web-based survey. Control operations: None. Weighting: No weighting used.


Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Publication details

Publication date: 19 December 2017
by: UK Data Service

Version: 1


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Related papers and books

Hughes, A., Lawson, C., Salter, A., Kitson, M., Bullock, A., and Hughes, R., 2016. The Changing State of Knowledge Exchange: UK Academic Interactions with External Organizations 2005-2015. NCUB. Available from:

Contact information

Please contact the Research Data Service in the first instance for all matters concerning this item.

Contact person: Ammon Salter


Faculties and Schools
School of Management