Sam Gyimah

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Sam Gyimah has been made Universities and Science Minister for England in Theresa Might’s authorities reshuffle.

Mr Gyimah’s position straddles the Division for Schooling and the Division for Enterprise, Vitality and Industrial Technique.

He replaces Jo Johnson, who has been made Transport Minister.

Mr Gyimah, 41, will work alongside the newly appointed Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, who’s changing Justine Greening.

  • born in Buckinghamshire however spent a few of his childhood in his mom’s native Ghana
  • studied philosophy, politics and economics at Somerville School, Oxford
  • labored for Goldman Sachs for 5 years earlier than choosing a profession in politics
  • grew to become Conservative MP for East Surrey in 2010
  • served as a authorities whip and was parliamentary personal secretary to the previous Prime Minister, David Cameron, from 2012 to 2013
  • campaigned to stay within the European Union
  • was prisons minister, earlier than taking over the put up as universities minister on Tuesday
  • married with two youngsters.

In a tweet, Mr Gyimah mentioned he was wanting ahead to taking over his new position.

Dame Janet Beer, president of the umbrella group Universities UK, mentioned she regarded ahead to working with Mr Gyimah “to develop coverage that helps universities to maximise their constructive influence on the financial system, society and college students”.

“The promised evaluate of tertiary schooling funding in England and establishing the brand new regulatory framework and Workplace for College students will possible be high of the brand new minister’s in-tray,” she mentioned.

“Enhancing post-study work visas for worldwide college students, supporting universities’ position in selling social mobility and securing our long-term participation within the European programmes Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ must also be priorities.”