Science, Start-ups and Space

December 2023

The first cohort of 13 Faraday Institution PhD researchers have all successfully transitioned to academic, industry, start-up or analyst roles in the battery sector, where they are utilising their specialist energy storage research knowledge and skills.

Nationally, only 24% of STEM graduates are known to be working in a STEM occupation six months after graduation (National Audit Office 2018).

Watch the video of how cohort 1 describe their experience of being part of the Faraday Institution PhD Training Programme.

Faraday Institution PhD researchers have been highly successful in generating intellectual property. The UKRI Investment and Outputs Data Report 2022-23 cites 12 PhDs of 2,375 funded by Research Councils (not including Innovate UK) generated patents or trademarks as an output of their research in 2022 (0.5%) and 260 of 3,544 in 2018 (7.3%). 6 out of 13 (46%) of the first Faraday Institution PhD cohort generated IP in the course of their studies (accepting that the patent filing process may not be completed in each instance).

The cohort published 65 papers during the course of their PhD, which have been cited 1,354 times. Two patents have been filed, and two start-ups launched: About:Energy and Recovolt.​​

It is heartening to see that the considerable investment and commitment to talent development for the UK battery sector is bearing fruit. Back in 2018 we could only have dreamed of this type of impact. It has been our mission to equip the leaders of tomorrow with a multitude of skills to ensure they are workplace ready and have the knowledge of the array of battery related career pathways available to pursue. Diversification of skills and destinations has been key, and I will watch with admiration as the next stages of the former Faraday Institution PhD researchers’ careers unfold.”
Francesca Long, Head of Training and Talent Development

The Faraday Institution PhD training programme is increasing the knowledge skills and aspirations of early career researchers and helping to deliver future industry research and development staffing needs as well as strengthening university research groups working on energy storage.

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Researcher Destinations

Logos of destination organisations for the 13 people in the first PhD cohort

To Academia:

To Industry:


To policy / analyst / other battery related roles

Could you offer a PhD internship to a researcher as a route to securing future talent for your organisation?

See the Faraday Institution PhD Internship Catalogue.

Please contact Francesca Long, Head of Training and Talent Development.