Sam Gyimah has been made Universities and Science Minister for England as part of Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle.
Replacing Jo Johnson, who became Transport Minister, Mr Gymiah will work alongside newly appointed Education Secretary Damian Hinds. His role will cover both the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Dame Janet Beer, president of the umbrella group Universities UK, spoke of her enthusiasm regarding working with Mr Gyimah, particularly ‘to develop policy that supports universities to maximise their positive impact on the economy, society and students.’
She revealed ‘the promised review of tertiary education funding in England and establishing the new regulatory framework and Office for Students will likely be top of the new minister’s in-tray.
‘Improving post-study work visas for international students, supporting universities’ role in promoting social mobility and securing our long-term participation in the European programmes Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ should also be priorities.’
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