EPSRC (Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council)

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ENSURING THAT BRITAIN remains at the vanguard of engineering and the sciences is a daunting task. The 330 employees at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in Swindon believe they are helping to keep the country out in front, saying the organisation makes a real difference to the world (81% positive, and the top score for this question among the medium-sized entries on our list). Among the projects it has been involved in is one being pioneered by Scottish scientists at St Andrews University, using Star Trek-type technology in the fight against cancer. A technique called Raman spectroscopy allows doctors to detect cancers instantly — reminiscent of the "tricorder" used by Star Trek medics to diagnose problems immediately. The work has been funded by the council and Cancer Research UK and staff say that budgetary concerns are not the only thing driving the council (75%, a score beaten by just one other entry). A spokesman said: "Many people are motivated to work here by the belief that what we do in support of UK science and engineering makes a valuable contribution to the economy and quality of life in areas such as healthcare, transport, energy and the environment." With huge pressure on public service funds, managers say they cannot justify having a social and fun budget and our survey shows employees are worried about the future because of the slump (40%). But it is by no means all doom and gloom. Staff care about one another (79%), go out of their way to help workmates (77%), and find them fun (also 77%). There are few individuals who are disruptive (70%, a score bettered by only two others). People feel they can make a difference at work (71%) and they have the support they need to provide a great service (63%). Managers are open and honest with staff (74%) and regularly express their appreciation when they do a good job (69%). Employees receive, on average, 30 hours of formal training a year, costing £1,200 each, and they see their job as good for personal growth (73%). www.epsrc.ac.uk

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My Team

79% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

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I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

My Company

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My work is an important part of my life

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