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LSE academic commended by ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize awards

LSE academic Richard Murphy, has been awarded second place by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in its Celebrating Impact Prize Awards.

Richard Murphy, a research economist in education and skills at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) was awarded second place in the Oustanding Early Career Impact category.

The award is in recognition of his work, carried out in collaboration with the Sutton Trust, which summarised research on teacher quality and the effect on pupils, and methods of measuring teacher effectiveness. Richard Murphy’s recommendations were accepted by the government, influencing the decision of the Secretary of State for Education to give schools the freedom to set pay in line with performance and to heighten the selectivity of teacher training routes.

The ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize is a new, annual opportunity to recognise and reward the successes of ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic and/or societal impacts. The prize celebrates outstanding ESRC research and success in collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities that have led to significant impact.

Professor Tim Leunig, senior policy advisor to the secretary of state for education, said: “Richard’s report, ‘Improving the Impact of Teachers on Pupil Achievement in the UK’, was very useful for the department and influenced ministerial thinking. We are continually looking for objective research on which to base policy and the report impressed upon us the importance of having an effective teacher in the classroom. More importantly, it provided illustrative examples of the size of this effect which we were able to use in our discussions and focused our attentions on the areas of teacher policy where we could make the most difference in the lives of pupils.”

Richard Murphy said: “It is very pleasing to have been recognised by the ESRC for these awards.”

For more on the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize awards, see

‘Improving the Impact of Teachers on Pupil Achievement in the UK’, can be downloaded here:


3 June 2013