Sam Gyimah was appointed as a joint Minister for Higher Education at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Education on 9 January 2018. He was elected the Conservative MP for East Surrey in 2010.
He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Somerville College, Oxford.
- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice from July 2016 to January 2018
- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education from May 2015 until July 2016
- Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office from July 2014 until March 2015
- a Government Whip from October 2013 to July 2014
- Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister David Cameron from 2012 to 2013
- a member of the International Development Select Committee from 2011 to 2012
- a member of the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission 2010 to 2012
Career outside politics
Sam spent 5 years working for Goldman Sachs and then went on to help build and develop a number of small businesses in the training, recruitment and internet sectors.
Sam is married and has 2 children.
Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation
The minister’s Department for Education responsibilities include:
- universities and higher education reform
- higher education student finance (including the Student Loans Company)
- widening participation and social mobility in higher education
- education exports (including international students, international research)
- review of post-18 education and funding
- tackling extremism in higher education
The minister’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy responsibilities include:
- industrial strategy
- science and research
- intellectual property
Previous roles in government
- UK and US further collaboration in science and innovation by deepening ties in medical technology
- Surrey satellite firm set for lift off from India
- Minister commits to transnational partnership
- Newton’s Space Saplings; can you give them space to grow?
- Worms in space: The Molecular Muscle Experiment
- Universities Minister speaks at UUK annual conference
- British built laser spacecraft due to be launched into orbit
- UK science centres to receive funding boost to inspire more visitors to explore and discover science
- New publication showcases record investment in research and development programmes
- UK-India science ministers reinforce strong research partnership as future collaboration is announced