Industry/university collaborations in the UK

We have collected data on the support our member companies have given to universities and students since 2003.

The 2011 Industry/Academic Links Survey reveals decreases in industrial placements and post-doctoral grants from 2009 figures but an increase in PhD studentship numbers.

Figure 1 – Number of research and development (R&D) collaborations financed by pharmaceutical businesses in the UK

PhD studentships supported by industry​

2003​ 702​
2005​ 667​
2007​ 606​
2009​ 609
​2011 644​

Post-doctoral grants

2003​ 432​
2005​ 333​
2007​ 327​
2009​ 384​
​2011 ​287

Undergraduate industrial placements

2007​ 530​
2009​ 355​
​2011 ​268

Notes: The apparent increase in studentships in 2011 is due to a substantial increase in the numbers of four year (rather than three year) PhDs
Source: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 Industry/Academic Links Surveys

The data above is from the R&D side only, collaborations and placements within manufacturing and commercial parts of companies were not captured.

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