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LSE comes top of civil service poll

LSE has come first in a survey of how research from Russell Group institutions bigbeninfluences work in the civil service.

In the Higher Education Index, conducted by Dods, the parliamentary publisher and data platform, LSE came top with an overall score of 9.7 out of 10.

The School’s position in the table is due to its strong performance in three of the four assessment criteria used to create the overall score. LSE came first for civil servants’ awareness of research output and for the frequency of which respondents claimed they used LSE research in their work. The School also scored highly (rating joint second) on the perceived quality of its research. The category where LSE scored relatively less well (rating fourth) was on direct engagement with the civil service.

Professor Conor Gearty FBA, Director, Institute of Public Affairs, said: "Many LSE academics have long been closely engaged with the civil service as these impressive survey results reveal, and the relationship is now set to deepen further with the launch by the School’s IPA of a new Civil Service and LSE Executive Master of Public Policy, specifically aimed at the senior leadership within the civil service. We go to Whitehall to influence policy and the best of Whitehall comes here in order to learn how to do policy better. No university in the country matches this level of symbiotic prosperity."

Dods’ Higher Education Index surveyed 1,120 civil servants in September 2015. The aim of the study was to explore the use of academic research in central government. The results did not show evidence that civil servants favour their alma mater’s research above others. Eight universities from the Russell Group participated in the Higher Education Index, including LSE. 

For further information about the report please contact Dods.

29 October 2015