Minister of State for Universities

Michelle Donelan MP

Biography

Michelle Donelan was appointed Minister of State for Universities at the Department of Education on 13 February 2020.

She was previously Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from 29 July 2019 to 13 February 2020. She was also an unpaid Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education covering the maternity leave of Kemi Badenoch MP from 4 September 2019 to 13 February 2020.

(Photo source UK Parliament website. Used under Creative Commons).

Minister of State for Universities

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • strategy for post-16 education (jointly with Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills)
  • universities and higher education reform
  • higher education student finance (including the Student Loans Company)
  • widening participation in higher education
  • quality of higher education and the Teaching Excellence Framework
  • international education strategy including education exports international students and technology in education (Edtech)
  • Opportunity Areas programme

More about this role

Department for Education

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Children and Families) (maternity cover)
  2. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
  3. Assistant Government Whip

Announcements

  1. Universities Minister sets out support for international students
  2. Destination UK: Supporting international learners through coronavirus
  3. Government support package for universities and students
  4. Universities told not to alter applicants’ offers
  5. £1 million for innovative student mental health projects
  6. Graduates enjoy £100k earnings bonus over lifetime
  7. CITB: annual priorities letter 2019 to 2020
  8. ECITB: annual priorities letter 2019 to 2020
  9. Free period products for all schools and colleges
  10. Councils urged to prioritise adoption