The Impact of Doctoral Careers is an in-depth report funded by RCUK and HEFCE and based on a study commissioned with the social research company CFE Research. The study aimed to understand the economic, social, and cultural impact that doctoral graduates have on the organisations they work in. The study also investigated the types of careers graduates pursued over a seven to nine year period.

The findings confirm 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 saw 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.