Ministerial role

Minister of State for Universities and Science


The minister is responsible for:

Higher education

  • widening participation for students and providers
  • student finance
  • education exports strategy
  • preventing violent extremism
  • international students and migration
  • student experience

Science and research

  • research funding
  • postgraduates
  • public engagement in science
  • STEM (science technology, engineering and mathematics) skills
  • open access / research data
  • relationship with Government Office for Science on science in policy
  • Newton Fund
  • Agri-Tech industrial strategy

Innovation and commerce

Note that, until May 2015, this ministerial role also included responsibility for cities policy and local and regional growth.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Jo Johnson MP

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

    • 2014 to 2015
  3. The Rt Hon David Willetts

    • 2010 to 2014


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  1. New ministerial portfolios confirmed at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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  2. Lord Stern sets out proposals to protect and strengthen university research

    • Press release
  3. Boosting our regional innovation – second wave of the science and innovation audits now open

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  4. International scientific solutions to our shared global challenge

    • Speech
  5. Armed forces personnel and families to be given extra support to learn overseas

    • News story
  6. Leading the world in the new age of global science

    • Speech
  7. Statement on higher education and research following the EU referendum

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  8. After one marathon, hundreds of experiments, and millions inspired, Tim Peake has returned to Earth

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  9. The student journey – from teenage to middle-age

    • Speech
  10. Regius Professorships awarded to leading universities to mark Queen’s 90th birthday

    • Press release