Ministerial role

Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation


The minister’s Department for Education responsibilities include:

  • universities and higher education reform
  • higher education student finance (including the Student Loans Company)
  • widening participation in higher education
  • education exports (including international students, international research)
  • tackling extremism in higher education

The minister’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy responsibilities include:

  • science and research
  • innovation
  • intellectual property
  • space
  • agri-tech
  • technology

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP

    2019 to 2020

  2. The Rt Hon Jo Johnson

    2019 to 2019

  3. The Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP

    2018 to 2019

  4. Sam Gyimah

    2018 to 2018

  5. The Rt Hon Jo Johnson

    2016 to 2018


  1. Simplified processes provide welcome boost for UK researchers
  2. Government backs 3D X-ray technology to capture images of diseased bones in 40 seconds
  3. Universities Minister at Student Accommodation Conference
  4. Levelling up research and innovation right across the United Kingdom
  5. New data to help students see future earnings boost
  6. Science Minister outlines the UK's world-leading role in EdTech
  7. Loan system overhaul to benefit millions of students and graduates
  8. UK Space Agency confirms £7.35 million funding to support small satellite launch from Cornwall
  9. International partnership opportunities for UK research and innovation
  10. Chair appointed to Public Weather Service Customer Group