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Impact of Doctoral Careers

The Impact of Doctoral Careers is an in-depth report which confirms the crucial role doctoral graduates play in UK businesses. The report states that over three quarters of employers believe that the loss of doctoral graduates would have a major impact on their business and one in five seeing doctoral graduates as ‘business critical’.

Doctoral graduates also improve the effectiveness of their colleagues, with the vast majority having contributed to improving problem solving and creative-thinking in others.

The report, funded by RCUK, HEFCE and HEFCW, was based on a study commissioned with the social research company CFE Research. It aimed to understand the economic, social and cultural impact that doctoral graduates had on the organisations they worked in. The study also investigated the types of careers graduates pursued over a seven to nine year period.

The report extends our understanding of the contribution of doctoral graduates to innovation and the wider economy and is available here (PDF, 2.7MB).

Survey data from the study will be deposited with the UK Data Archive for other researchers to use: http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/