Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities

The Rt Hon Greg Clark


The Rt Hon Greg Clark was appointed Minister of State on 7 October 2013 and Minister for Universities and Science on 15 July 2014. He was elected the Conservative MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells.


Born in Middlesbrough, Greg studied economics at Cambridge before earning his PhD from the London School of Economics.

Political career

Greg was Director of Policy for the Conservative Party from March 2001 for 3 successive Leaders; William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard, before being elected as the Member of Parliament for Tunbridge Wells in 2005.

He was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in October 2008, having previously been Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprises and Volunteering. He then took up the position of Minister of State at Communities and Local Government, with responsibilities for Decentralisation and Planning Policy.

Greg was appointed Minister for Cities in July 2011 and Financial Secretary to the Treasury in September 2012.

Career outside politics

Before entering politics, Greg worked for the Boston Consulting Group, one of the world’s top business strategy firms. He was posted to the USA, Mexico, South America and Iceland, as well as working for clients in the UK. He has also worked as Head of Commercial Policy at the BBC.

Personal life

Greg and his wife have 3 children and live in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

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    Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities

    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

    • Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and innovation partners
    • eight great technologies
    • smart cities
    • space
    • public sector research establishments

    Local and regional growth

    • EU structural funds
    • Regional Growth Fund (RGF)


    • cities policy
    • local growth

    Previous roles in government

    1. Minister of State for Decentralisation and Planning

      • 2010 to 2012
    2. Financial Secretary to the Treasury

      • 2012 to 2013
    3. Minister of State for Cabinet Office (Cities and Constitution)

      • 2013 to 2014


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      • 23 March 2015
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      • 23 March 2015
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      • 23 March 2015
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    4. Vince Cable appoints new Innovate UK Chief Executive

      • 12 March 2015
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      • 1 March 2015
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      • 27 February 2015
      • Press release
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      • 26 February 2015
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    8. Minister signs £330 million North East Growth Deal

      • 25 February 2015
      • Press release
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      • 12 February 2015
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    10. Appointment to the Industrial Development Advisory Board

      • 11 February 2015
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