Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

Sam Gyimah MP

Biography

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.

Education

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 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
  • innovation
  • intellectual property
  • agri-tech
  • space
  • technology

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

Announcements

  1. UK and US further collaboration in science and innovation by deepening ties in medical technology
  2. Surrey satellite firm set for lift off from India
  3. Minister commits to transnational partnership
  4. Newton’s Space Saplings; can you give them space to grow?
  5. Worms in space: The Molecular Muscle Experiment
  6. Universities Minister speaks at UUK annual conference
  7. British built laser spacecraft due to be launched into orbit
  8. UK science centres to receive funding boost to inspire more visitors to explore and discover science
  9. New publication showcases record investment in research and development programmes
  10. UK-India science ministers reinforce strong research partnership as future collaboration is announced