Minister of State (Minister for Higher and Further Education)

The Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP

Biography

Michelle Donelan was appointed Minister of State for Higher and Further Education on 15 September 2021. She was previously appointed as Minister for Universities at the Department for 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 (Minister for Higher and Further Education)

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • strategy for post-16 education
  • higher technical education (levels 4 and 5)
  • further education funding and accountability
  • lifelong learning entitlement
  • Institutes of Technology and National Colleges
  • universities and higher education reform
  • higher education quality
  • student finance (including the Student Loans Company)
  • coronavirus (COVID-19) response for universities, higher education institutions and further education services (jointly with Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Skills))

More about this role

Department for Education