Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan

Biography

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan was appointed Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities on 15 July 2014. She is the Member of Parliament for Loughborough.

Education

Nicky attended Surbiton High School, before going on to read law at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

Political career

Nicky was elected for the Loughborough seat for the Conservatives in the 2010 General Election. Nicky has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Cabinet Minister at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and before that was a member of the BIS Select Committee. She served as an Assistant Whip in the coalition government, until her appointment as Economic Secretary to the Treasury on 7 October 2013. She was appointed as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women on 9 April 2014.

Career outside politics

Nicky qualified as a solicitor in 1996, specialising in corporate law, and advised a range of private and public companies from 1996-2010.

Personal life

Nicky lives in Loughborough with husband Jonathan and they have one son.

Secretary of State for Education

The Secretary of State is responsible for the work of the Department for Education, including:

  • early years
  • adoption and child protection
  • teachers’ pay
  • the school curriculum
  • school improvement
  • the establishment of academies and free schools

    + others

    Minister for Women and Equalities

    The Minister for Women and Equalities has overall responsibility for:

    • policy on women
    • policy on sexual orientation and transgender equality
    • cross-government equality strategy and legislation

    Before July 2014, this role was covered by the Minister for Women and the Minister for Equalities.

    Previous roles in government

    1. Assistant Whip

      • 2012 to 2013
    2. Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister)

      • 2013 to 2014
    3. Financial Secretary to the Treasury

      • 2014 to 2014
    4. Minister for Women

      • 2014 to 2014

    Announcements

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    1. By investing in women, you invest in business: Nicky Morgan

      • 26 March 2015
      • Speech
    2. New action plan to tackle mental health stigma in schools

      • 25 March 2015
      • Press release
    3. £25 million injection to help ‘life-changing’ children’s services

      • 25 March 2015
      • Press release
    4. Women on boards numbers almost doubled in last 4 years

      • 25 March 2015
      • Press release
    5. Awards announced from £2 million homophobic bullying fund

      • 24 March 2015
      • Press release
    6. Carter Review recommendations get underway

      • 24 March 2015
      • Press release
    7. Science and maths send girls' future wages soaring

      • 22 March 2015
      • Press release
    8. Everyone has an opinion on education

      • 21 March 2015
      • Speech
    9. Government announces plans to help raise the status of teaching

      • 20 March 2015
      • Press release
    10. Nicky Morgan: Empowering Women in Education Leadership Conference

      • 19 March 2015
      • Speech