Minister for Higher Education

Sam Gyimah MP


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.

Political career

Sam was:

  • 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.

Personal life

Sam is married and has 2 children.

Minister for Higher Education

Ministerial responsibilities will be confirmed in due course.

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation

    • 2016 to 2018
  2. Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for the Constitution)

    • 2014 to 2015
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education

    • 2014 to 2016
  4. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

    • 2013 to 2014


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  1. Increased security measures to give prison officers right tools for the job

    • Press release
  2. Prisons Minister visits new graduate recruits as prison officer recruitment reaches record high

    • News story
  3. Crackdown on drugs, drones and mobile phones in prisons

    • Press release
  4. Probation Champion and Prison Officer of the Year 2017 Awards

    • Press release
  5. New squad formed to tackle drone threat to prisons

    • Press release
  6. Justice update

    • Statement to Parliament
  7. Prison Minister Sam Gyimah’s speech at the IMB National Conference

    • Speech
  8. Prisons minister visits staff at HMP YOI Winchester to hear concerns from the frontline

    • Press release
  9. Huge response to dangerous driving proposals

    • Press release
  10. Thousands officially pardoned under 'Turing's Law'

    • Press release