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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

The pulling power of the PhD A major independent survey of leading research-intensive employers closely links PhD-holders with increased company performance and a host of other benefits. The survey, conducted by DTZ on behalf of EPSRC, involved 86 of the UK’s largest research-intensive companies, including Airbus, RollsRoyce, Unilever and Vodafone. Among its findings, the survey revealed: • 60% of employers say PhD recruits are integral to commercial success • 63% of employers actively target PhDs when recruiting • 74% say PhD recruits achieve high impact results within two years of joining Each year, EPSRC sponsors tailored training for around 10,000 doctoral students, many of whom spend varying degrees of their time in industry, and provides over 2,000 highly-trained doctorates per year. To download the Growth Stories app visit

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