Teacher’s prize puts him on collision course

James Mrphy with his STEMNET Award
James Mrphy with his STEMNET Award

A Falkirk science teacher has been rewarded for his dedication in a UK-wide competition... with a chance to see the world famous Large Hadron Collider.

James Murphy, a physics teacher at St Mungo’s, was named ‘Most Dedicated Teacher’ at the awards organised by Stemnet.

He was nominated for the award by Kevin McKeever of Global Science, an organisation which promotes science, technology, engineering and maths - known as STEM - in schools.

Kevin said: “James is very very proactive in dealing with Global Science and in raising the profile of science subjects in this school. He is very enthusiastic about organising events for the pupils, and that’s why I decided to nominate him for the award. It is a fantastic achievement and is good news for the school and for the Falkirk area.”

James made it onto the shortlist of three teachers from across the UK and he travelled to London with Kevin for the award ceremony just before Christmas, where he was announced as the winner.

James said: “I didn’t think that I was going to win because it was such a big thing.

“I think the main reason I won the award is for the number of activities we do related to science in school.

“We do a lot of events involving the primary seven pupils in the local primary schools too.

“I’m also involved in a My Future’s In Falkirk group, where we look at ways of inspiring young people across Falkirk with science.”

It proved to be a lucky week for James as the day after he won this accolade, he had an interview for a deputy head teacher’s position at the school - which he got!

James received a certificate to commemorate his achievement as well as a trip to the Cern Institute in Swizerland in three weeks’ time - where he’ll be able to have his photo taken alongisde the Hadron Collider.

Kevin added: “Cern is one of the top institutes in the world - it’s kind of like a dream come true for James!”