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Sam Gyimah MP

Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation
(Subject to Parliamentary Business)

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. 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.

  • Maintaining the UK’s global reputation for excellence while improving educational standards
  • Highlighting the key role of the Office for Students in raising teaching quality, widening access and ensuring parity between providers
  • A revolution in accountability: creating an innovative student-focused approach to participation, academic excellence and employability
  • Raising the repayment threshold for student loans and launching a review of the funding of post-18 education
  • Allowing the higher education sector to flourish, and creating the space for innovation and continuous improvement
  • Considering the role of HE in a global education market and ensuring our world-class universities are able to rise to the challenges of the future