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 and social mobility in higher education
  • education exports (including international students, international research)
  • review of post-18 education and funding
  • tackling extremism in higher education

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

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

Current role holder: Sam Gyimah MP

Sam Gyimah was appointed as a joint Minister for Higher Education at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Education on 9 January 2018. He was elected the Conservative MP for East Surrey in 2010.


He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Somerville College, Oxford.

Political career

Sam was:

  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice from July 2016 to January 2018
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education from May 2015 until July 2016
  • Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office from July 2014 until March 2015
  • a Government Whip from October 2013 to July 2014
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister David Cameron from 2012 to 2013
  • a member of the International Development Select Committee from 2011 to 2012
  • a member of the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission 2010 to 2012

Career outside politics

Sam spent 5 years working for Goldman Sachs and then went on to help build and develop a number of small businesses in the training, recruitment and internet sectors.

Personal life

Sam is married and has 2 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Jo Johnson MP

    • 2016 to 2018


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